21 Sep '11, 11pm

Rock legends REM call it quits after 31 years

NEW YORK - REM, the underground band from Athens, Georgia, that helped invent the alternative-rock sound of the 1980s, said yesterday that its members were splitting up after 31 years of making music together. "A wise man once said, 'The skill in attending a party is knowing when it's time to leave,' " Michael Stipe, the group's lead singer and lyricist, said in a statement posted on the band's website. "We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we're going to walk away from it. "I hope our fans realise it wasn't an easy decision, but all things must end." Mike Mills, the bassist, said that he, Stipe and Peter Buck, the guitarist - the group's original drummer, Bill Berry, retired in 1997 after having a brain aneurysm onstage - had reached the decision while assembling a greatest-hits retrospective to be released in November. "Working through ou...

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