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[photogallerylink id=95276 align=left]After 31 year together the iconic Athens, Georgia band [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]R.E.M.[/lastfm] have officially called it quits. In their 31 year career the band has released 15 albums that sold millions of copies, were nominated for 14 GRAMMY Awards (taking home 3), won 6 MTV Movie Awards, and were inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

In a statement, the band says:
“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.” Via their official band site Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, and Peter Buck also gave their own perspectives.

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.” FULL STATEMENT >>

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.” FULL STATEMENT >>

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. “ FULL STATEMENT >>

Tell us your favorite song, video, or memory of R.E.M. in the comments below …


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