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10 years after the breakup, Michael Stype says REM ‘will never meet again’

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REM fans, there is no encouraging news for Michael Stepp when it comes to seeing the Seminal Rock Band together again. In a new interview for New York’s public radio station WNYC, Stipe was clear about his future – or lack thereof, for REM: “We’ll never be together again.”

WNYC’s “All It With Allison Stewart” featured Stipe in its September 21 episode, which coincided with the 10th anniversary of Rem’s breakup on September 21, 2011. Why not choose so many paths – from KISS to Swedish House Mafia on the sidewalk? Stipe told Stuart: “We decided when we split that it was going to be really hard and possibly money grabbing, which could be an inspiration for many bands to come together. We don’t really need it. And I’m really happy that our Has a legacy of 322 years of work.

Last year was the 40th anniversary of the formation of REM, while 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of their acclaimed album “Out of Time”, and next month will be the new release of 1996’s “New Adventures in Hi-Fi”.

“Anniversaries mean a lot to me,” Stipe said. “It’s been ten years since REM called it a day, and it’s definitely a bitter sweet for all of us. But I’m really proud as a band and great friend that we decided to do what we did when we did. It’s weird to think that it’s been a whole decade since I said it one day. ”

Stipe has been slowly releasing solo singles in recent years, including Aaron Desner’s Big Red Machine, and he told Stuart that he’s finally moving on to a new album. However, “I don’t know if there are any albums in 2021 or 2022,” he said. “But I’m actually in the studio now. I’m working on new material. I don’t really feel the need to compete with the pop market. I just want to do what I want to do. So I’m not going to wait and drop everything at once. I’m just going to publish things like I record them and mix them up. ”

The musician said he is donating all his single first year profits to various charities.

Stipe, who was speaking from the foundation of his home in Athens, Ga, also has a third collection of recently published photography, called “Michael Stipe”. “Photography was my first love as a teenager,” he said. “I’ve really used photography as a diary all my life.”

The new tribute album on the Stipe radio show was to discuss “I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Velvet Underground and a Tribute to Nico”, where he covers “Sunday Morning” which opens the album. Published September 2, the collection also includes Iggy Pop, Sharon Van Atten, Matt Berninger and St. Vincent.

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Added Stipe: “To me it really respects Hal Wilner, and his talent and his influence in my life and in the lives of many other people.”

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