Toronto Star

R.E.M. ‘will never reunite,’ Stipe says

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The legendary Athens, Ga., rock band R.E.M. will never get back together to tour or even make new music, lead singer Michael Stipe recently told a New York City radio station.

“We will never reunite,” he said. “We decided when we split up that that would just be really tacky and probably moneygrabb­ing, which might be the impetus for a lot of bands to get back together. We don’t really need that and I’m really happy that we just have the legacy of the 32 years of work that we have.”

The band broke up amicably in 2011 and have gone their separate ways working on their own projects.

The band has not toured since 2008, though they did reunite to play a private birthday party for their manager, Bertis Downs, in 2016.

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