Michael Stipe says an REM reunion will ‘never happen’

December 14, 2014

Former R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe has said that the group will never reunite.

The band called it quits on career together in 2011 after performing as R.E.M. for over three decades.

Appearing on US TV show CBS This Morning yesterday (December 13) to promote the new 6 DVD Box Set “REMTV”, Stipe reflected on the group’s history but claimed a reunion will “never happen”.

When asked by host Anthony Mason if REM will ever get back together, Stipe replied, “No. That will never happen… There’s no point. I love those guys very much and I respect them hugely as musicians and as songwriters and everything but I just don’t want to do that thing that people do…I despise nostalgia. I’m not good at looking back.”

Stipe did say, however, he hopes to sing again in the future. “That’s maybe an exclusive, but I think I will sing again,” he said. “Not soon, maybe…I don’t know.”

SP1433896R3CoverWrapREMTV chronicles the band’s relationship with MTV and features a new documentary as well as live performances, interview footage and awards show clips.

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