After 31 years and 15 studio albums, the legendary rock band R.E.M. has called it quits.

The following announcement was posted to the band’s official site this morning:
To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.


Michael Stipe = “A wise man once said–‘the skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave.’ We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we’re going to walk away from it.”

READ Rolling Stone’s article on the break up HERE

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