Stop holding out hope, R.E.M. fans: with this recent interview on CBS
erstwhile frontman Michael Stipe has made it clear he's not wild about reuniting R.E.M. Not that he's angry with them, he's just done and ready to move on. "There's no point...I love those guys very much and I respect them hugely...but I just don't want to do that thing that people do...I despise nostalgia," he said, quashing the hopes of everyone who hoped that the release of the REMTV retrospective signaled a revival for the band. It's not all bad, though. Stipe's also noted that he's interested in returning to the musical world despite the silence he's maintained since the band's break-up three years back (though not anytime soon, it would seem).
You can watch the interview below; it's honestly kind of adorable, since you can see host Anthony Mason get visibly upset and eager more than once during the interview, and it shows a grizzled old Stipe in surprisingly friendly form. I'm not entirely broken up by this announcement -- I was actually notably pleased when R.E.M. broke up, since it seemed time to bow out
-- but there's something disarming about the old Stipe and his reflection on the band's time that gets me choked up. It's easy to see why Stipe hates nostalgia; he, like most of us, can't help but get choked up by it.