Frankly, I’m surprised this didn’t happen sooner, but I’m glad that we had many years of R.E.M.
I think R.E.M. is notable for never abandoning the original project of rock and roll. While indie rock splintered into various directions, Radiohead dove into electronica, and Kurt Cobain died, Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills unapologetically churned out good old-fashioned rock and roll in a way that few bands can ever touch.
So, in any case, here’s R.E.M. rocking out: