R.E.M. published their “collective” and individual sentiments about ending R.E.M. as a “band” on their Web site today. I wasn’t surprised to see their announcement when the news appeared in my Facebook stream. I have anticipated a major fundamental change from the members of R.E.M. ever since they released Collapse Into Now.
Personally as a 30+ year fan, I am grateful for their music and activism accomplishments. I am genuinely excited for Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills individual future growth however they each define that.
R.E.M.’s Collective Statement
“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.
As a couple who have been very moved by your art, we extend our deepest regards to all the members of R.E.M., past and present, for making the music of our heart enriched and full.
You have taught us that:
We offer in return with affection (taking liberties with one of your lyric stanzas…)
It’s the beginning of their next phase, as they grow it
And I feel fine!