It's over for the alternative rock legend R.E.M.! The band announced Wednesday (September 21) that the members are now splitting up after 31 years of making great music together.
The band released a statement on its website as the decided to "Call it a Day".
"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." R.E.M.
R.E.M. gave us the highly successful albums "Out of Time" and "Automatic for the People" --- their career has spanned 15 studio albums. The last album is 'Collapse into Now' released on March 7, 2011.
The band won three Grammy awards out of seven nominations in 1992.
The band originally comprised of singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bass player Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry, who retired after he suffered a brain aneurysm during the band's 1995 "Monster" tour.
Michael Stipe also added:
"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.
"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."
Good Luck to their new journey!
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