Why They Split: Sometimes a band just runs its course. R.E.M. had an incredible thirty year run, but last year they mutually decided it was time to move on. "There is sadness because I will never play on the same stage as Peter and Michael again," Mike Mills told Rolling Stone in September. "We're doing this for good reasons, and we end up looking back at all the fun, the joy and the incredible opportunities we had..."We needed to prove, not only to our fans and critics but to ourselves, that we could still make great records. And we made two" – Accelerate, released in 2008, and Collapse Into Now. "We thought, 'We've done it. Now let's do something no other band has done: Shake hands and walk away as friends.'"
Last Performance: The band wrapped up their 2008 world tour in Mexico City in November in 2008. The following March they played "E-Bow The Letter" with Patti Smith at their own tribute concert at Carnegie Hall.
Odds Of A Reunion: The band say it's never going to happen, but they all say that at first. Let's see how they all feel in ten years. Of course, they'll be in their sixties then. We're going to say 30%.