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Old 10-10-2019, 08:32 PM
Joey P is offline
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Originally Posted by nearwildheaven View Post
R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry retired from the band in 1997 and took up hay farming. His reason for leaving the band? "I just don't want to do it any more." The band soldiered on for 14 years with other drummers, mostly Bill Rieflin.
I was thinking of REM as well, but their breakup. I recall them stating that they weren't breaking up on bad terms, they still enjoyed playing, they were just...tired, and it was time.

For a specific member, how about Steve Perry (Journey). I saw some interview or documentary with him a few years back where he mentioned that after he recovered from hip surgery, he decided to call it quits with the band. He said he always felt like an outsider in the band. Kinda vague, could be anything from being shy/introverted to actually being alienated by them to depression to imposter syndrome (ie not realizing how good he is).

Now, Arnel is amazing, but I wish...I think everyone wished he would have sang at the R&R induction.