21 Sep '11, 11pm

After 31 years and 15 albums, American alternative rock group R.E.M. is calling it a day

After 31 years and 15 albums, American alternative rock group R.E.M. is calling it a day

In this July 2, 2005 file photo, R.E.M. band members, from left, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe and Peter Buck wave as their leave the stage, at the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park in London. -- PHOTO: AP WASHINGTON (AFP) - After 31 years and 15 albums, the pioneering American alternative rock group R.E.M. announced on Wednesday that it will be no more. The group, whose hits included Shiny Happy People and Everybody Hurts, were a cult band on the US college rock circuit before hitting the mainstream in the early 1990s. '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,' the Athens, Georgia-based quartet said on its website. '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...

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