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Michael Stipe Performed Solo Live For the First Time Since R.E.M.’s Breakup in 2011

Stipe was the surprise opener for Patti Smith in New York City

Staying true to his word on CBS This Morning, last night Michael Stipe performed solo live for the first time since R.E.M.’s breakup in 2011. Playing an unnannounced six-song set, Stipe opened for Patti Smith’s Webster Hall gig in New York City, where he played R.E.M.’s “Saturn Return” and “New Test Leper.” He also did a cover of Vic Chestnutt’s “Lucinda Williams,” Smith’s “Wing,” “New York, New York” (naturally), and Perfume Genius’ “Hood.”

Check out a few songs from the performance below, and please excuse us while we sob in the fetal position over not being physically present for this Stipe-Smith show.