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Michael Stipe Covers Neil Young, the Doors, More in Surprise Opening Set for Patti Smith

The former R.E.M. frontman also performed Boy George's "The Crying Game" and John Lennon's "Imagine"

Michael Stipe was the surprise guest opener last night at Patti Smith’s Beacon Theatre show in New York, where the former R.E.M. frontman performed a bunch of covers (which, as Pitchfork points out, he also did during a Smith show in New York last year): Neil Young’s “Old Man,” the Doors’ “People Are Strange,” Boy George’s “The Crying Game,” John Lennon’s “Imagine,” and David Bowie/Mott the Hoople’s “All the Young Dudes.” Later, Stipe danced onstage with Smith during her 1988 Dream of Life track “People Have the Power.” Watch some fan-shot footage below.

Michael Stipe! #whenyourestrange

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