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Former R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck says that the phenomenal success the quartet enjoyed in the 1990s “took away some of the pleasure” of being in the band.

Speaking in the new issue of Classic Rock magazine about his time in the world-conquering Athens, Georgia group, who split on amicable terms in 2011, Buck says, “when it got really big, I don’t know if anyone really enjoys that.”

“When the non-musical stuff became so intense, it took away some of the pleasure for me,” he tells writer Rob Hughes. “It’s just the stuff where you kind of wake up and go: ‘God, I don’t really want to have my picture taken today. And I don’t really want to pretend to be an actor in some video where I can’t act.’

“I loved playing Glastonbury and playing in front of lots of people and selling multiple millions of records,” Buck continues, “but it was never the reason I did it. And when we got to the point where we decided that it was the end, it felt like a great shared experience. I wouldn’t change it, but I’m not gonna go back to it.”

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