R.E.M. Members To Discuss Band's History

On Wednesday, a chat with two-thirds of the now-defunct rock band R.E.M. Melissa Block talks with lead singer Michael Stipe and bassist Mike Mills about the decision to call it quits after 31 years.

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Many marriages don't last as long as the band R.E.M. did. Tomorrow on the program, I'll talk with bassist Mike Mills and lead singer Michael Stipe about how the group from Athens, Georgia, kept it together for 31 years.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: None of us commits quite easily. We're all very stubborn, and we're all very weird, but we all have a huge amount of respect for each other. That kept us going and that kept, I think, the music and the work that we were doing interesting.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CAN'T GET THERE FROM HERE")

MICHAEL STIPE: (Singing) Can't get there from here.

BLOCK: Michael Stipe and Mike Mills talk about the history and the end of R.E.M. tomorrow on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CAN'T GET THERE FROM HERE")

STIPE: (Singing) Can't get there from here, here, here. Hands down, caleche bound. Landlocked, kiss the ground. The dirt of seven continents...

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