The announcement comes 15 albums, countless singles and 31 years later since their formation is 1979.
Frontman/humanitarian Michael Stipe revealed that there was no “disharmony” on their official website today,
“A wise man once said – ‘the skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave.’ We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we’re going to walk away from it…”
The band has had success with their more recent work, 2008’s Accelerate (“Horse To Water”) and this year’s Collapse Into Now (“Discoverer”) but felt that it was simply time to “draw a natural line,” as bassist Mike Mills put it.
[I always liked R.E.M. but this breakup is not that saddening, kind of like the Desperate Housewives finale. It really was time]