After 31 years and 15 studio albums, legendary rock band R.E.M. have, in their words, decided to "call it a day."
The Athens, Georgia-born band consisting of Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, and Peter Buck posted the following on their official web site today.
"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. 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," said the post, signed R.E.M."
The band had recently expressed a dissatisfaction with touring, and didn't hit the road at all in support of their last effort, the March 2011 release "Collapse into Now."
Over the course of their three decades together, the band was responsible for hit songs such as "Man on the Moon," "Losing My Religion," and "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)."