"It was two stunning evenings," Stipe wrote, "hearing songs that I grew up with, all contributors honoring the output of such an astonishing songwriter."
Long before they lost their religion, R.E.M. emerged from the indie underground with a haunting sound that blends folk, post-punk and garage rock into something ethereal.
After Stipe and Killer Mike, Sanders is racking up a very impressive list of lunch dates.
Tasked with following up their landmark debut, R.E.M. went looser and a little towards the heartland with their hugely influential 1984 effort, 'Reckoning.'
Not to be outdone, the Flaming Lips frontman performed "Life on Mars?" while seated atop Chewie's shoulders.
The R.E.M. frontman's lovely, piano-driven cover precedes his appearance at two David Bowie tribute concerts in New York City later this week.
The R.E.M. frontman has played a handful of surprise solo sets in New York City in recent memory, and on Tuesday, he will take his act to 'The Tonight Show.'
Just as alternative music started to rise from the indie underground into the mainstream, R.E.M. rode the wave to rock radio ubiquity.
"In politics, [Sanders] is the person who is offering me the most honesty and the most realness," Stipe said.
How would the grunge icon have spent the past two decades had we not lost him in 1994? Would he be the biggest rock star on the planet? Or would he have disappeared?