There are lots of good reasons to go see Patti Smith play a New York show if you get a chance, but here’s an extra one: There’s a pretty high probability that Michael Stipe will play a surprise solo set at the show. Last year, Stipe played his first-ever solo set, which included a Perfume Genius cover, when he served as the surprise opener for a Patti Smith show at Webster Hall. And last night, as Pitchfork reports, Stipe did it again, serving as Smith’s surprise opener at the Beacon Theatre. He did an acoustic all-covers set with a tiny backing band. According to Pitchfork, Stipe’s set included covers of Boy George’s “The Crying Game” and John Lennon’s “Imagine.” And below, you can watch fan-made footage of him covering the Doors’ “People Are Strange,” Mott The Hoople’s “All The Young Dudes,” and Neil Young’s “Old Man.”
Michael Stipe OF REM opens for Patti smith !!! pic.twitter.com/H9Bq8u1wj2
— ronozer (@ronozer) November 11, 2015
You can hear a longer version of that “All The Young Dudes” cover here.