Fans in the UK should make plans to check out Jo Whiley’s interview with Michael on Sunday February 26th at 8:30PM on Sky Arts 1 HD. Be sure to check your area listings and on-demand options. Click here for more information.

From Sky Arts 1:

The elder statesman of rock Michael Stipe, former frontman of R.E.M, popped down to The Jo Whiley Music Show studios to talk exclusively about the bands shock break-up, what he plans to do next, and to celebrate the band’s illustrious career.

Now at the age of 51, he reveals what it was like to grow up with the band, having formed in 1980 when he was just 19.

In a real moment of reflection, Michael looks back on their success and tells Jo Whiley about when they decided it was time to finish. And we find out how he felt the day the life-changing announcement was made.

The interview will be preceded at 6:25PM by a special airing of Rough Cut followed by Perfect Square at 7:30PM. Find out more here.