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R.E.M. Splits After More Than 30 Years

R.E.M.
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R.E.M. in 2008

The band made the announcement on its official website on Wednesday.

R.E.M. has decided to call it quits after more than three decades.

In an annoucement posted Wednesday on the band's website, R.E.M. said that they have all "decided to call it a day as a band." Made up of Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills, the trio wrote, "We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and or astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening."

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An assistant at R.E.M.'s manager Bertis Downs office in Athens, Ga., confirmed to the Chicago Tribune that the R.E.M. was indeed calling it quits.

"During our last tour, and while making Collapse Into Now and putting together this greatest hits retrospective, we started asking ourselves, 'what next'?," Mills wrote on the website. "We realized that these songs seemed to draw a natural line under the last 31 years of our working together."

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He continued, "We have always been a band in the truest sense of the word. Brothers who truly love, and respect, each other. ... We made this decision together, amicably and with each other's best interests at heart. The time just feels right."

Stipe seconded his bandmate's thoughts, saying that, "all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way."

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Buck shared his thoughts with the fans on the site, writing, "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."

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R.E.M. formed in 1980, which included original member Bill Berry, in Athens and made several notable albums, some of which include 1986' Lifes Rich Pageant and 1991's Out of Time. The band's biggest single remains "Losing My Religion," which was off Out of Time.

Berry left the band in 1997, with the band continuing to release more albums and perform. The band released its latest album, Collapse Into Now, earlier this year. The band released its latest album, Collapse Into Now, earlier this year. R.E.M. also reissued their classic album, Lifes Rich Pageant, in early July on CD and a limited-edition vinyl. The set also come with a 19-track bonus disc of unreleased songs, The Athens Demos, which were recorded more than 20 years ago.