R.E.M. announces today that they are breaking up.
REM announced today on their web site that they are calling it quits as a band. According to the post on remhq.com, the band decided to amicably part ways, saying the time “felt right” to end their 31 year recording and touring career. dave-fm contacted R.E.M. manager Bertis Downs in nearby Athens, [photogallerylink id=50225 align=right]GA and asked if this news was a hoax or the truth. Bertis replied, “it’s not a hoax, it’s the truth- REM has decided to call it a day”. When asked for a phone interview or any other comments, the band’s long time manager said, “all to be said is on the website– that is the band’s call”. (We have posted individual remarks from Michael, Peter and Mike.)
[pullquote quote="We've made this decision together, amicably and with each other's best interests at heart. The time just feels right." credit="Mike Mills"]Listen for a tribute to R.E.M. on dave-fm, very soon.
Following are some comments from the band.
Mike Mills: “During our last tour, and while making Collapse Into Now and putting together this greatest hits retrospective, we started asking ourselves, ‘what next’? Working through our music and memories from over three decades was a hell of a journey. We realized that these songs seemed to draw a natural line under the last 31 years of our working together.
[pullquote quote="A wise man once said--the skill in attending a party is knowing when it's time to leave." credit="Michael Stipe"]“We have always been a band in the truest sense of the word. Brothers who truly love, and respect, each other. We feel kind of like pioneers in this–there’s no disharmony here, no falling-outs, no lawyers squaring-off. We’ve made this decision together, amicably and with each other’s best interests at heart. The time just feels right.”
Michael Stipe: “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.
[photogallerylink id=16302 align=right]“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.”
Peter Buck: “One of the things that was always so great about being in R.E.M. was the fact that the records and the songs we wrote meant as much to our fans as they did to us. It was, and still is, important to us to do right by you. Being a part of your lives has been an unbelievable gift. Thank you.
“Mike, Michael, Bill, Bertis, and I walk away as great friends. I know I will be seeing them in the future, just as I know I will be seeing everyone who has followed us and supported us through the years. Even if it’s only in the vinyl aisle of your local record store, or standing at the back of the club: watching a group of 19 year olds trying to change the world.”