Patti Smith played a concert at Beacon Theatre in New York City last night (Nov. 10), and she treated concertgoers to a very special surprise opener: Michael Stipe.

The former R.E.M. leader played an entire set of cover songs, which included Neil Young’s “Old Man,” the Doors’ “People Are Strange,” Boy George’s rendition of “The Crying Game,” John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Mott the Hoople’s “All the Young Dudes.” Stipe reemerged during Smith’s set for “People Have the Power,” although his contribution was mainly hanging out and grooving along to the singer’s performance. Check out fan-shot clips of Stipe's covers of Young, the Doors and Mott the Hoople, plus his appearance during "People Have the Power," at the bottom of the page.

This isn’t the first time Stipe has opened for Smith in NYC. He did the very same in December of last year, covering Smith’s “Wing” and Perfume Genius’ “Hood” and playing a handful of R.E.M. songs.

Smith’s tour continues tonight in Atlanta. You can see a complete list of dates at her website. She also just released her second memoir, M Train, last month.

Michael Stipe! #whenyourestrange

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