RIP to iconic rock band R.E.M

Updated: Sep 22, 2011, 12:35 PM IST

London: Rock band R.E.M has announced its split after having recorded 15 albums during its three decades of existence.

The American rock band’s website was briefly unavailable after the announcement of the split was made.

“We have decided to call it a day as a band,” the BBC quoted the band as saying.

“To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening,” the band stated.

The band, which was formed in 1980, won three Grammy awards in 1992, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, finding fame with the 90s hit ‘Out of Time’ and ‘Automatic for the People’.

R.E.M was originally made up of singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry, who left the band in 1997.

“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,” Stipe said.

ANI