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September 26th, 2013
10:03 AM ET

The day the music took a hiatus: Mumford & Sons taking break while they're on top

English folk rockers "Mumford & Sons" has taken the music world by storm, scooping up Grammys, selling out arenas, and scoring the most number of Billboard hot 100 hits in a week than any band since "The Beatles."

But the band just announced they are going on a break for the "foreseeable future," telling Rolling Stone Magazine they are "going to take a considerable amount of time off and just go back to hanging out."

Not quite as thrilling as a worldwide tour that earns almost half a million dollars per stop.

But the band says they are tired. Turns out being a rock star is hard work.

"For the first time in a while, they're just going to take some time where they're not immediately recording another album, they're not touring, they're not doing awards shows, they're just kind of living their lives. It's as simple as that," said Rolling Stone's Brian Hiatt.

But a hiatus doesn't necessarily mean the end.

"It both creates more of a fan demand, because you're not over-touring, and you also, you know, it will probably make for better music in the long run," said Hiatt.

Just ask "Flea," bassist with the "Red Hot Chili Peppers."

"We decided to take a two-year break, which was just outstanding. I had the privilege of playing with lots of great people, going to college for a year, working at my music school," said the bassist.

His constantly evolving band used their 2007 break to regroup, literally, by replacing their guitar player.

Another group pleased with their choice? "The Eagles." The "Hotel California" group has been around for more than 40 years, minus that 14-year break they took to "re-imagine" themselves.

"One of the things that's interesting is we have not overexposed in the last 42 years. I think there's a lot that's been left to people's imaginations, which is wonderful, because imagination is a powerful ally for any artist," said singer Glenn Frey.

But not everyone can follow through. Singer Adele told "Vogue" last year she wanted to take about five years off, only to pop up at the Brit Awards while the magazine was still on the stands.

Perhaps the same fate will befall the sabbatical of "Mumford & Sons". A day after the announcement, a new song from the band appeared online, from the soundtrack of an upcoming movie starring lead singer Marcus Mumford's wife. The title? "Fare Thee Well."

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