Watch Michael Stipe Play a Rare Solo Covers Set at Climate Change Benefit

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Watch Michael Stipe Play a Rare Solo Covers Set at Climate Change Benefit

R.E.M frontman and Athens, Ga. legend Michael Stipe played a solo covers set at Carnegie Hall in New York last night for a Pathway to Paris climate change benefit. You can watch a fan-shot video of the performance below, which doesn’t deter from the quality of Stipe’s voice in the climax of each cover: Nat King Cole’s “Nature Boy,” Ringo Starr solo songs “It Don’t Come Easy” and “Photograph,” and the Velvet Underground’s “Sunday Morning.”

Stipe was accompanied by Bright Eyes producer and Now It’s Overhead frontman Andy LeMaster on bass, and Jesse Paris Smith (daughter of Patti Smith and founder of Pathway to Paris) on keys.

If you’re unfamiliar, Pathway to Paris is a partnership with UNDP and, with the goal of putting the Paris Agreement into action. They bring big names in music (as with Flea, Joan Baez and others last night), politics, art and academia to call attention to said urgent action that’s required to face the Goliath that is global warming. At the event last night, Pathway to Paris announced a new initiative called 1000 Cities which invites all cities to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040.

One thing is for certain: It will take more than renewable famous presence to make Trump notice (or respond with any plan of action to) the recent National Climate Assessment, which confirmed, undeniably, that it’s our fault. Stipe said it first: “It’s the end of the world as we know it.” Join us as we hold each other and sway to the sweet sounds of a 1998 R.E.M performance from the Paste Cloud.

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