Last night, former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe played a rare solo set at New York’s Carnegie Hall, as part of a Pathway To Paris climate-change benefit. Stipe played a quick four-song set that consisted entirely of covers; he sang Nat King Cole’s “Nature Boy,” the Ringo Starr solo songs “It Don’t Come Easy” and “Photograph,” and the Velvet Underground’s “Sunday Morning.” The Bright Eyes producer and Now It’s Overhead frontman Andy LeMaster joined him on bass, while Jesse Paris Smith, the Pathways To Paris founder and daughter of Patti, played keyboard. Stipe’s voice sounded great, and his beard was under control. Below, watch fan-made videos of the entire set.
Read our recent interview with Stipe here.