R.E.M. formed on April 5, 1980, playing their first performance for a friend's birthday party at a dilapidated former church on Oconee Street in Athens, GA.
Over the next 31 years, the band released 15 records, numerous videos, singles and toured world wide.
On September 21, 2010 the band decided to call it a day as a band.
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