R.E.M. is an American based rock band that formed in Athens, Georgia back in 1980. Following years of underground success, R.E.M. entered the mainstream in 1987 with the hit song "The One I Love". The group signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1988, and began to support environmental and political concerns while playing large venues worldwide.
The band is currently made up of three members, Michael Stipe (lead vocals), Peter Buck (guitar), and Mike Mills (bass guitar). Originally the band was comprised of four members; however in 1997 the former drummer of the group, Bill Berry, decided to quit with the understanding that the group would continue to play without him, otherwise he would stay on. The three man band has been playing strong since his departure.
In 2007, R.E.M. was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and still continues to enjoy large amounts of success around the globe.