"'I suspected this was coming last fall,' Kaplan tells Rolling Stone. 'If you remember, they weathered a lot of storms in this business, and have always operated on their own terms. [Warner Bros.] changed starting last September, and I think the demands on a band now to get a record out were more than they might have wanted to commit. I can understand that after how hard they worked for how long, the thought of going back to "paying dues" with new label staff, in a very weird industry, was too much.'"
Margaret Wappler at the Los Angeles Times reports that R.E.M. have finally disbanded.