Rock Bottom Remainders saying goodbye to lit-rock

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 3:02 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It took 20 years but the group Bruce Springsteen once praised as being almost as good as a lousy garage band is finally calling it quits.

The Rock Bottom Remainders, a contingent that has made it clear with every performance that literary giants like Amy Tan, Stephen King and Scott Turow really did make the right decision when they set aside their musical ambitions to write books, is calling it a career.

"We've gotten as good as we're ever going to get," says lead guitarist and best-selling humorist Dave Barry, explaining the band's decision. "We're up to almost four chords now, and the Beatles quit at that point, I'm pretty sure."

The final shows are in Los Angeles and Anaheim with proceeds, as always, going to charity.

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