Michael Stipe Performs His First Solo Concert Since R.E.M. Broke Up
It's been more than three years since R.E.M. went their separate ways and, up until last night (Dec. 29), it had been that long since Michael Stipe had made his way back to a stage.
But the band's former frontman played an unannounced opening set for Patti Smith at New York's Webster Hall on Monday, performing six songs: R.E.M.'s 'Saturn Return' and 'New Test Leper,' Vic Chesnutt's 'Lucinda Williams,' Patti Smith's 'Wing,' Perfume Genius' 'Hood' and Frank Sinatra's 'New York New York.'
'Hood' (Perfume Genius)
'New York New York' (Sinatra)
'New Test Leper' and 'Saturn Return'