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Jonathan Knox

March 30, 2016
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Last night (March 29) R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe made his solo television debut on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Accompanied by only a piano, the iconic 90s frontman performed a stark but beautiful rendition of the Bowie classic, “The Man Who Sold the World”.

Stipe had previously covered David Bowie / Mott the Hoople’s “All the Young Dudes” while opening for Patti Smith last year.

The performance comes ahead of Stipes upcoming set at the David Bowie tribute show happening Friday, April 1st in New York City. Other performers confirmed to be performing at the event include The Roots, Pixies, Blondie, Mumford & Sons, Esperanza Spalding, J Mascis, Jakob Dylan and many more.

If you wish to watch the Bowie tribute show live, you can donate money at their website which will then give you a link to Skype where you will be able to stream the show.

In the meantime, watch a bearded Michael Stipe perform “The Man Who Sold the World” on Fallon: