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It's not the end of the world as we know it, but it could be the end of an era.
R.E.M. announced today that someone made off with founding member Peter Buck's signature Rickenbacker guitar immediately following their Tuesday night performance at Finnair Stadium in Helsinki, Finland.
In pleading for its safe, no-prosecution-necessary return, the band emphasized how important the instrument is to Buck, who has been toting his Rick onstage and into the studio since R.E.M. cut Chronic Town in 1982.