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R.E.M. Breaks Up After Three Decades

by Unknown // Wednesday, September 21, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Legendary alternative-rock band R.E.M. is calling it quits, according to a statement just posted on their official website.

"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 astonishmentt at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening." R.E.M.

Formed in Athens, Georgia in 1980 by singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry (who left the band in 1997), R.E.M. was regarded as a pioneer of alternative rock. Following years of underground success in the early and mid-1980s, the band achieved mainstream status in 1987 with the single "The One I Love."

They spent much of the next decade atop the charts thanks to a string of smash hit albums, including 1991's Out of Time, 1992's Automatic for the People, and 1994's Monster.

The band continued their dominance into the next century, especially with the release of 2008's critically acclaimed Accelerate and their most recent LP, 2011's Collapse Into Now.

There were reports over the summer that the band had spent some time in an Athens studio, but it is unclear whether anything will come of that session.

Michael, Mike and Peter each share their thoughts on the breakup on their official website.

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