Mike Mills: "There are zero plans" for an R.E.M. reunion
Mike Mills has revealed that there are "zero plans" for an R.E.M. reunion.
Speaking to Rolling Stone ahead of the 25th anniversary re-release of the band's Green album, Mills admitted, "We said we're done and we're done. If we honestly thought there was a chance of a reunion tour, we might have said so at the time."
R.E.M. broke up in September 2011, six months after the release of their fifteenth studio album, Collapse Into Now.
Mills continued, "It was time to break up. That's never really been done before. The idea of breaking up and not reforming for a reunion tour is kind of attractive to us. I doubt you'll see us touring as R.E.M. again. On the other hand, I just played with Peter [Buck] in New York City the other night, so fun things do happen."
"Absolutely nobody can predict the future," added Mills. "But right now, there are zero plans for an R.E.M. reunion. Absolutely zero. But the future is a strange place. We could all be hit by a meteor tomorrow, but I would consider it highly unlikely."
Mills also hinted that the band might engage with the possibility of launching a bootleg series in the future. "There may be something like that down the road," he says. "But it's not something we're thinking about right now. There's enough activity with these remasterings that we don't have to worry about the odds-and-ends part yet. But that could happen someday."
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