Michael Stipe has dismissed the possibility of an REM reunion and insists that it will "never happen".
The band's former front man told CBS This Morning that there is no chance of the group, who split in 2011, reforming.
"No, that will never happen. There's no point," said Stipe, who was promoting REMTV, a six-disc DVD box set containing the band's most-defining moments captured on film.
He added: "I love those guys very much and I respect them hugely as musicians and as songwriters and everything, but I just don't want to do that thing that people do... I despise nostalgia. I'm not good at looking back."
But Stipe did suggest that his decision to stop singing altogether is less permanent, responding: "That's maybe an exclusive, but I think I will sing again. Not soon, maybe... I don't know."
REM released their last album Collapse Into Now back in 2011, with the record reaching number five in both the US and the UK.