R.E.M. have parted ways.
Over thirty years in the business and fifteen studio albums have seen the band cemented as the one of the biggest in the world. Regardless of what you think about the band their career and the influence they have had has been undeniable.
Formed in Georgia in 1980, the band grew steadily, slowly attracting a large following. Then in 1991 their seventh album Out of Time launched them into the mainstream with songs like Losing My Religion, The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite and Everybody Hurts becoming anthems in their own right.
The announcement came from the bands official website with this message:
“To our fans and friends: As REM, 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,” the statement continued. “To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.”
The bands front man Michael Stipe added: “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. We have to thank all the people who helped us be R.E.M. for these 31 years; our deepest gratitude to those who allowed us to do this. It’s been amazing.”