After 31 years and 15 albums, R.E.M. is calling it quits.
“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,” the band announced in a statement on their website. “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.”
The band released Collapse Into Now earlier this year. Although electing not to tour the album, they did shoot a series of music videos in support of the effort.
“A wise man once said–’the skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave,’” said Michael Stipe. “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.”