R.E.M. Break Up After 31 Years (page 2)

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(Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

(Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

Mike Mills:
“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.”

Click the “NEXT” button below to read what Michael Stipe and Peter Buck have to say about the split.

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