R.E.M. calling it quits after 3 decades

In this 1994 photo originally released by Warner Bros. Records, alternative rock band R.E.M., from left, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe, Bill Berry, and Peter Buck are shown when they released their new album "Monster." The band announced Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 on their website that they are breaking up. (AP Photo/Warner Bros.)

September 21, 2011 12:02:37 PM PDT
R.I.P. to R.E.M.

The Grammy-winning rock group announced on its website Wednesday that it has "decided to call it a day as a band."

The group composed of singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck and bassist Mike Mills released its debut album "Murmur" in 1983. Drummer Bill Berry was also in the band but left the group in 1997.

The message online said the band members "walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished."

The group gained a great amount of its success in the 1990s. It released back-to-back multiplatinum albums and had hits like "Losing My Religion" and "Everybody Hurts."

Their last album, "Collapse into Now," was released in March.

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