REM’s Mike Mills says Michael Stipe is unlikely to record a solo album

Ex-bassist believes the singer will concentrate on art and photography instead

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REM bassist Mike Mills has revealed that he doesn’t expect former frontman Michael Stipe to release any solo material in the near future.

The band announced their official split last month after 31 years together. The guitarist said that he believes that Stipe is more likely to work with art and photography instead of making music in the next chapter of his career.

Asked about the future plans of both his bandmates, he told Uncut: “Peter [Buck] enjoys collaborating with people and I see him doing a lot more of that. I think Michael [Stipe] wants to work with visual media, sculpture and photography”.

Mills recently stated that REM are unlikely to ever share a stage together again in the future, but that he himself would most likely make a solo record.

He added: “I’m going to let the dust settle. I’ll probably do a solo record at some point. There are a lot of musicians I want to work with and I see that happening soon.”

The band are due to release a post-split hits compilation next month. They put the finishing touches to ‘Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982 – 2011’ before they called it a day after 31 years in September.

The collection will include three new tracks recorded after the release of recent album ‘Collapse Into Now’, including their final single ‘We All Go Back To Where We Belong’.

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