“We decided when we split it would be really difficult and probably money-grabbing,” the singer said.
Michael Stipe has eliminated any suggestion that REM might reunite, insisting that the band’s break-up from ten years earlier was permanent.
During an interview with radio station WNYC to discuss the new Velvet Underground tribute compilation, Stipe responded with a 2019 Rolling stone Article who speculated on the potential for REM improvement, describing it as “best wishful thinking”.
“We’ll never meet again. We decided it would be really difficult and probably money-grabbing when we split, which could be the motivation for a lot of bands to get back together. We don’t really need it, and I’m really happy that we have the legacy of 32 years of work that we have,” he said all this Host Alison Stewart.
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After the interview, REM reposted the message they had initially sent when they broke up on Instagram on September 21, 2011.
“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 leave with a great sense of gratitude ‘Finally, and with awe of what we have accomplished,’ the message read.
“Our heartfelt thanks for listening to anyone who has ever felt touched by our music.”
REM recorded 15 studio albums, releasing their final LP ‘Collapse Into Now’ in March 2011. The band never toured on their final album, but they reunited in 2016 at a private birthday party in France for their manager Bertis Downs.