Michael Stipe played his first full set since R.E.M.’s breakup opening for Patti Smith at Webster, covered Perfume Genius
Photo: Michael Stipe @ Webster Hall - 12/29/14 (via Laura Lakeway)
Though the 3/4 of R.E.M. who are not Michael Stipe reunited in 2013 on stage, Michael hadn't performed a set since that band broke up... until last night (12/29). He played a surprise six-song opening set at Patti Smith's first of two year-end shows at Webster Hall, playing a few R.E.M. songs and a few covers, including one of Perfume Genius' "Hood." You may remember that Michael joined Patti on stage at her 2011 New Year's Eve show, but this time was a full set. Slicing Up Eyeballs has audio and video from his set which you can check out below.
Patti does it again tonight (12/30) which is sold out. Will another special guest open?
1. "Lucinda Williams" (Vic Chesnutt)
2. "Theme From 'New York, New York'"
3. "Wing" (Patti Smith)
4. "Saturn Return" (R.E.M.)
5. "Hood" (Perfume Genius)
6. "New Test Leper" (R.E.M.)
Michael Stipe, "New Test Leper" and "Saturn Return" (R.E.M. songs)
Michael Stipe - "Theme From 'New York, New York'"
Michael Stipe - "Hood" (Perfume Genius cover)
Michael Stipe - "New Test Leper" (REM song)
Michael Stipe - "Lucinda Williams" (Vic Chesnutt cover)