September 21 2011
Athens, Georgia band R.E.M. announced today that they are calling it quits after over 30 years of making music. The band help define college radio into what it is today. This message is from their website:
“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.”
"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 realize this wasn't an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way."
Here is a video of R.E.M's first television appearance singing their first single "Radio Free Europe on Letterman back in 1983.