REM, influential pop group from the 80s, is officially done

HollywoodNews.com: REM is over. The influential pop band, and one of my personal favorites, has called it a day. Well, 31 years. Remember the Beatles were only together officially for 8 years. Pop bands were never supposed to go on forever (Rolling Stones, U2). The cool ones (The Police) wrapped it up and became legends. Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Bill Berry (who played on the seminal hits) leave a legacy of outstanding records right up through their current, “Collapse Into Now.” And so they have.

from their website:
“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.

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