R.E.M. Announces Break Up
Today the alternative rock pioneers R.E.M. posted on their website the announcement of their break up:
"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."
Afterwards on the site, each member of the band shared their thoughts on why. Lead singer Michael Stipe said:
"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... I hope our fans realize this wasn't an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way."
R.E.M. was pivotal in the creation and development of the alternative rock genre over the past three decades as the group grew from small shows in their hometown of Athens, Georgia, to selling millions and millions of albums. They have influenced a generation of musicians, including Nirvana, Pavement, and Live. Their last album was this year's Collapse Into Now.
Besides the announcement on their site, no further details were given.
Below, watch the video of a performance of "Losing My Religion" from R.E.M.'s 1991 MTV Unplugged session.
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