R.E.M. shocked its fans today by calling it quits after 31 years. They posted this official announcement on their site:
“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,” the group said in the statement. “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.”
The twist to this story is that just a few hours before this official announcement some naked photos of Michael Stipe appeared on Tumblr. Here is a link to the NSFW photo that surfaced, warning it is really NSFW; Michael Stipe’s penis. Here is another not so NSFW photo to peek your interest.
The last time we were graced with their presence here in beautiful Vancouver was back in 2008 when they played Deer Lake Park. Here is our recap of that show – 2008 – R.E.M. – DEER LAKE PARK.