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Trailblazing LGBT-Friendly Rock Icons R.E.M. Break Up

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Rolling Stone
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September 21, 2011
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R.E.M. announced today that they have broken up after 31 years together. "As lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band," the band said in a statement on their official website. Queer-identified frontman Michael Stipe wrote "I hope our fans know this wasn't an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way."