It’s a “Bad Day” for R.E.M, the rock group thought they would be making music “Until the Day Is Done” but apparently the group doesn’t “Belong” together anymore and has called it quits.
After 31 years together, the rock band R.E.M, featuring singer Michael Stipe, 51, guitarist Peter Buck, 54, and bassist Mike Mils, 52, are finally breaking up.
But unlike a typical Hollywood break-up, these guys seem to be okay with parting ways.
“As lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band,” the band said in a statement, “We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality and of astonishment at all we have accomplished.”
In case you don’t know who R.E.M. is, they are like the Coldplay and the Mumford and Sons of your parent’s generation. Kind of, but better. Ask you mom about them. She’ll probably have a “how I lost my virginity” story that involves the music of REM.
Stipe ads about the breakup, “A wise man once said, ‘The skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave.’” Very wise about that party analogy.
You don’t want to stay at a party too late and feel awkward when the lights turn on and realize that dude you were talking to actually has a third eye, but you don’t want to leave too early either and miss out on seeing that kid with the broken leg get drunk enough to do a keg stand sometime around 2:15 am.
Party analogies aside, Stipe continues, “We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we’re going to walk away from it. I hope our fans realize it wasn’t an easy decision, but all things must end.”
According to Rolling Stone, they were rumored to have been working on new material in Athens this summer that they might release as bonus material on a greatest hits compilation album.
In their long career as a band, they have released 15 albums beginning in 1983 and their last album dropped in March of this year titled “Collapse into Now,” which peaked at the #5 spot on the US Billboard Album Chart, which is pretty good for some old guys.
Hey, it ‘aint easy competing with the Adele’s and Lady Gaga’s of the world.
The bands drummer, Bill Berry, 53, retired first in 1997, so it was only a matter of time before the whole band dismantled. Since retiring from R.E.M, Bill Berry has become a farmer in Georgia. Hey, what other options does an aging rockstar have? Appear as a judge on American Idol? (ahem, Steven Tyler) Naw, that’s selling out.