R.E.M. Breaks Up After 31 Years

 

R.E.M, the alternative rock band that brought 90’s hits like “Losing My Religion”, “Shiny Happy People” and “Everybody Hurts” has announced that they are breaking up after 31 years.

“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.” R.E.M.

The band from Athens, Georgia led by Michael Stipe on vocals, remain good friends even after the announcement. Stipe, along with guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry formed the band in 1979. Berry left R.E.M. in 1997 due to an illness but he made the rest of the band members promise to stay together.

31 years and 15 albums later, the R.E.M. decided that it was time for them to call it a day. A “Greatest Hits” album that will showcase their three decades of great music is set for release in November.

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