Michael Stipe: REM Will Only Reunite If We Need The Money

R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe has admitted that the band would only reunite if they really needed money.

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R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe has admitted that the band would only reunite if they really needed money.

The band decided to call it a day after 15 albums telling fans that they would "walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished".

Stipe has now said that a comeback tour or album is highly unlikely.

"Never say never, but we're not going to do it. If we ever did, we would tell you exactly why, and it would be because one of us for some reason or other really needed money," Stipe told CNN.

The singer added: "I don't see [a reunion] happening. We're being really honest by saying it's over, we love each other, we love what we did, [but] it's done."

Speaking about the band's current relationship, Stipe added:

"There's no animosity, there's no weirdness... we love each other, and have huge respect for each other," he explained. "We reached a point where it didn't feel like it made sense to carry on any further, and we happened to do that at a very high point in a 31-year career of highs and lows."

Thanks for the report to Gigwise.com.

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    ihaterap69
    Krieger91 wrote: Love the honesty.
    This. At least he isn't playing games. But I don't think REM is gonna need money anytime soon.
    DickHardwood
    ihaterap69 wrote: Krieger91 wrote: Love the honesty. This. At least he isn't playing games. But I don't think REM is gonna need money anytime soon.
    That's why he said he doesn't see it happening.
    courageous93
    I admire the honesty, and I wish more bands sold out AFTER retiring. Props to them, haha.
    soundgarden19
    Finally, a rock band that's blunt. I would go even if I didn't like them, just because of that.
    Blume
    As in coming together for a common cause....not a reunion to replenish Michael Stipe's bank account.
    swave75
    In a few years I can see them getting back together for a surprise concert. Either for charity or say even the Reading Festival.
    woodenthomas
    I spoke with the manager of The Feelies recently , he said it COSTS them (the Feelies) money just to get together to play for their fans and they do it, at a financial loss, For the fans. For the love of the music.