Fans pay tribute to REM after they announce their split

NME.COM users are saddened by the trio ending their 31-year career

NME.COM users have paid tribute to R.E.M after they announced their split yesterday (September 21).

The Georgia band posted a joint statement on their website,, which reads:

To all 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.

NME.COM users have largely been positive about the band in their comments on the split with Jack Buckley writing: “I’m so sad, I just really loved them.” Mark Riley felt the same, saying: “Absolutely heartbroken at this news.”

Chris Kinloch also mourned the loss of the band, he wrote: “This really can’t be happening, one of the greatest alternative rock bands and probably the most influential too have split up. This is a sad day for music.”

However, Barry Brien and a number of other users celebrated the move, with Brien writing: “Not a moment too soon. They haven’t been relevant or interesting since the ’90s.” Patrick Smith was also delighted, simply writing: “Thank God.”

A number of fans also wrote that, while they were sad about the band’s demise, their last few releases had been nothing to shout about.

Dave Vickers wrote: “So long and thanks for all the great music! It’s a good time to call it a day as the last 10 years were patchy to say the least.” Amir Ahmed agreed: “They’ve done the right thing. ‘Green’ still sounds as good to me today as it did back when.”

“Sad times! Probably not such a bad thing, in the long run,” agreed Adam Harvey. “31 years is a long time and they deserve to be remembered as legends now the band is finally over. Regardless of their impact on the music scene of the last 15 years or so, they changed the landscape of the music industry beyond recognition in the late 1980s/early 1990s.”

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