As I was prepping for this post on the sad news that R.E.M. was calling it quits, I went to the R.E.M. Wikipedia page and they were already being referred to in the past tense (emphasis in bold is mine):
R.E.M. were an American rock band formed in Athens, Georgia, in 1980 by singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry.
As I wrote back in May 2010, I have a long history with this band, and I was even going through a wonderful rediscovery of their music this past year, after having lost track of them for quite a while.
So, yes, sad…but:
- Better to call it quits before they suck, which would be the case with this timing.
- I’m taking bets on when their recordbreakingboxoffice reunion tour will be. (My money’s on 2020.)
Finally, kidding aside, thanks, guys, for all of the great music over the years. You’ll be missed.
To mark the occasion, this one seems fitting: