After 30 years R.E.M. has called it a day. I, for one, think this is pretty tragic. While R.E.M. may not have been at the top of the alternative rock heap they were consistently good. Collapse Into Now, which came out earlier this year, is high on my list of favorites of 2011, Monster is one of my favorite albums of the '90s, and Automatic For The People is a modern classic. They have been inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall Of Fame, have played for millions of people, and written some of the finest records of the last 3 decades. I shall miss this band.