Author superband Rock Bottom Remainders calls it quits

And another band bites the dust.

Author supergroup the Rock Bottom Remainders, which includes Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Mitch Albion and other big-name writers, has called it quits.

The band, which formed two decades ago, will play its final gigs this weekend in Los Angeles and Anaheim, the Christian Science Monitor reports. All proceeds will go to charity, as has been the tradition for every Remainders performance.

"A few years ago, Bruce Springsteen told us we weren't bad, but not to try to get any better otherwise we'd just be another lousy band," King said in a statement. "After 20 years, we still meet his stringent requirements. For instance, while we all know what 'stringent' means, none of us have yet mastered an F chord."

The group was brought together by late publishing consultant Kathi Kamen Goldmark, who ran a business that organized author appearances at events, according to Dave Barry. She realized that several of the writers she worked with were also musicians and thought it would be great for them to get together onstage for a charity concert.

"She sent a fax around to the [authors]," Barry told the Long Beach Press-Telegram. "And if you responded to the fax, you were in the band. You know, the same way the Beatles started."

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