22 Sep '11, 2am

After 31 years, Rockers R.E.M. announce breakup

After 31 years, Rockers R.E.M. announce breakup

After 31 years and 15 albums, the pioneering American alternative rock group R.E.M. has announced 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 (www.remhq.com) on Wednesday. "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." Led by Michael Stipe on vocals and Peter Buck on guitar, R.E.M. took alt-rock to the masses with a string of hits also including "Radio Free Europe" and "The End of the World As We Know It...

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