EdgarTheSlouch Posted September 21, 2011 Share Posted September 21, 2011 Culture Music REM R.E.M. announce they are splitting up The group of childhood friends once hailed for taking indie music into the mainstream are to split after three decades reddit this Tim Jonze guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 21 September 2011 20.23 BST Article history R.E.M. have announced they are to split after three decades. Photograph: AP For three decades, R.E.M. were considered one of the world's most significant rock bands but in an unexpected statement on their website, the group of childhood friends once hailed for taking indie music into the mainstream announced they were splitting up. The end came with a message on their official website. It read: "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," the statement continued. "To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening." The band, who formed in Athens, Georgia in 1980, originally consisted of singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry, although Berry quit in 1997 after suffering a brain aneurysm two years earlier. The group released a series of records and were cult heroes on the US college rock circuit before finding worldwide fame throughout the 90s with the multi-platinum selling albums Out Of Time, Automatic For The People and Monster. Their hit Everybody Hurts Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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