R.E.M. has broken up

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  1. modrevolve

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    Pretty down about this..Glad I got to see them when I did..IMHO the greatest American Rock band of the past 30 years.


    "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.
     
  2. Death Disco

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    MIKE

    "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.

    "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

    "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.

    "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

    "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."
     
  3. Stefan Krix

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    Source? Haven't found the news yet online...
     
  4. modrevolve

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    http://remhq.com

     
  5. Death Disco

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    Both of the quotes above are from the band website http://remhq.com (although the website seems to have crashed at the minute)
    Also on the 'Breaking News' bar on the front page of the BBC News website.
     
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  9. CrystalGeezer

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    Re: Say it ain't so R.E.M.

    :eek:
     
  10. smiffy

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    Re: Say it ain't so R.E.M.

    its the end of the world as we know it..........................
     
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    Re: Say it ain't so R.E.M.

    No, its the end of the band as we know it.......
     
  12. CrystalGeezer

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    Re: Say it ain't so R.E.M.

    And I feel
     
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    Re: Say it ain't so R.E.M.

    Sad. I respect their decision though.
     
  14. Raphael Lambach

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    Re: Say it ain't so R.E.M.

    I'm really sorry about that.

    I read that one of the things whose motived the band to break-up was these pics:
    http://unratedperez.com/?p=94591
     
  15. realitybites

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    Re: Say it ain't so R.E.M.

    I'm bummed. :(
     
  16. Walkers Crisp

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    That's sad really. At least they ended their career as a band on a high note. Their last album was one of their best!
     
  17. Raphael Lambach

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    Me too.
    But we must admit that's really really horrible situation.
     
  18. Tivoli

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    Re: Say it ain't so R.E.M.

    What is a really horrible situation? The break-up is sad of course, but how can these pictures place the band in a horrible situation?
     
  19. MozIsGod

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    Sad, but not at all surprised. They've always been one of my favorite bands, but they've been very hit or miss the past 15 years. Everyone seems to say they should've quit when Bill Berry left, but I think they should have stopped after 1998's Up. That was the last one they did which was remotely interesting and different.
     
  20. SparkleBoy

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    How is this surprising to anyone? I actually thought they broke up 15 years ago until I read that. The last time they put something out worth listening to was back in '96.
     
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