R.E.M. has officially called it quits, with the following brief statement:
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.
While we await the reunion tour, let's revisit some classics... and that time this week that Michael Stipe showed us the unofficial member of the band.