R.E.M. Breaking Up After 30 Years In Music

The end of the world as we know it? After three years in the “bidness,” rockers R.E.M. say they’re “calling it a day.”

The band — which includes bassist Mike Mills, vocalist Michael Stipe, and guitarist Peter Buck — made the news official with a statement to fans uploaded to their website on Wednesday. In case you aren’t familiar with the hitmakers, according to The Washington Post, R.E.M “became underground and college radio favorites in the 1980s on the strength of classic albums such as ‘Murmur,’ ‘Reckoning’ and ‘Document.’ The ’90s saw them transition to chart-topping superstars thanks to hits such as ‘Losing My Religion’ and ‘Everybody Hurts.’ Even as their popularity declined, the band regularly released new material over the past decade, including its 15th album, ‘Collapse Into Now,’ earlier this year.”

The split comes about six months after a March interview with a German glossy in which Mills confided that he wasn’t sure there was “still a future for R.E.M.”

In today’s statement, the band says:

“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.”

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