Ahead of the David Bowie tribute concerts scheduled in New York, Michael Stipe performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and sang the late star’s “The Man Who Sold The World” backed by just a piano.
This was the R.E.M. frontman’s most high-profile solo appearance since disbanding his famed group. He’ll appear at both of the Bowie-honoring shows on Thursday and Friday, organized by City Winery director and CEO Michael Dorf before the singer had died in January. After his death, Dorf told EW, “This might be one of the only platforms for musicians who feel very touched by David to say goodbye in their own way.”
Stipe was added to the bill a few days after the show was announced and will play at both the originally scheduled date, March 31 at Carnegie Hall, and the added night, April 1 at Radio City Music Hall.
See his performance of “The Man Who Sold The World” below.