Call it a day
American rock band R.E.M. has announced today its retirement from the music industry.
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. was formed in Athens, GA. (USA) in 1980 by Michael Stipe (vocals), Peter Buck (guitars), Mike Mills (bass) and Bill Berry (drums). Perhaps the band’s biggest success came with the release of the 1991 album Out of Time and its most popular single ‘Losing My Religion’.
R.E.M. released its 15th, studio album Collapse into Now on March 7th, 2011.
As a moderate fan who saw the band performing live a few years ago, I can say with true honesty I don’t begrudge their decision. As Michael Stipe quoted, the skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave… I think their time had come and I can only welcome this announcement. Of course we all have tons of material to remember them as a great band with some amazing tunes and terrific videos, such as this one:
September 21st, 2011.