Michael Stipe Does Bowie Tribute

More than two decades ago, Nirvana surprised the MTV Unplugged audience with a stripped-down version of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World.” On Tuesday’s Tonight Show, it was Michael Stipe’s turn. Practically unrecognizable in a heavy white beard and dark black suit, the former R.E.M. frontman sang a similarly slowed-down version of the song with nothing but simple piano accompaniment. The performance was a preview of what concert-goers can expect at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall this week when Stipe joins Patti Smith, Cyndi Lauper, The Flaming Lips, and others for two sold-out tribute shows for the legendary Bowie, who passed away earlier this year.

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