Another Band Bites The Dust… R.E.M

“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.” R.E.M. 

What can I say. Another band bites the dust. But they’ve done it with dignity; they knew when to walk away. I wish I was old enough to truly appreciate them but nonetheless, it is sad news – even for the younger generation of REM fans like myself – that they have now departed the scene. 31 years was pretty good going! This feels exactly like when the White Stripes quit the industry – the feeling of loss, but further appreciation for the band that they were able to leave their name untamed by failed attempts of trying too hard to stay alive as a group. So long!