R.E.M. have announced that they have officially broken up after an impressive 31 years of making music together.
The band said in a statement on their website today, “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.”
In the last 31 years, R.E.M. have released 15 albums. Their final album Collapse Into Now was released in March of this year. Rolling Stone reports the band spent some time recording in a recording studio in their hometown of Athens, Georgia. It is unclear whether those recordings will be released in the future.
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