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REM finally out of time after 31 years together

The members of US indie band REM shocked the music world last night by announcing that they are splitting up after 31 years.

The band was formed in Athens, Georgia, in 1980 and went on to release two hugely influential and lucrative albums, Out Of Time and Automatic For The People, in the early 1990s.

In a statement last night, singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck and bassist Mike Mills said: “As REM, 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.”

Stipe added: “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. I hope our fans realise this wasn't an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way.”

Mills said: “There's no disharmony here, no falling-outs, no lawyers squaring-off. We've made this decision together, amicably and with each other's best interests at heart.”

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