“For touring with us, we tour because we want to play. We don’t tour to support a record. We don’t tour to get our name out there. We tour because we like to play. To tour when your heart isn’t in it would be a real bad mistake for us. 2008 was a long hard year on the road and we’re just not feeling it right now. We go with our instinct. Our two biggest selling records ever, we didn’t tour on them. So maybe some of that magic will rub off on this one too.”
— R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills elaborates on the recent revelation that the band has no plans to tour behind their forthcoming album, Collapse Into Now (via DC101). It’s not the end of the world as we know it though; R.E.M. has offered not one, not two, not three, not four, but five album tracks to hold you over until the album’s March 8th release date. (See what I did just there?)
Update: Per Stereogum, watch R.E.M. perform “Oh My Heart” in the studio. So they can still play live, they just don’t want to.