Concerts, Tributes — March 13, 2009 at 8:51 pm

R.E.M. crashes its own tribute concert, plays surprise song with Patti Smith

R.E.M. and Patti Smith

This week’s star-studded Carnegie Hall tribute to legendary college-rock grads R.E.M. was capped off with an appearance by the band itself, performing “E-Bow the Letter” with Patti Smith.

The unbilled appearance by Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills wrapped up  a night of tribute performances by the likes of Bob Mould, The dB’s, The Apples in Stereo, Kimya Dawson, The Feelies and, uh, Darius Rucker from Hootie and the Blowfish.

The mighty Calexico served as house band for the Wednesday night concert, proceeds from which went to help music programs for underprivileged youth in New York City.




The dB’s: “Fall On Me”
Fink: “The Apologist”
Keren Ann: “Man On The Moon”
Calexico: “Wendell Gee”
Rachael Yamagata: “The Great Beyond”
Bob Mould: “Sitting Still”
The Feelies: “Carnival Of Sorts (Boxcars)”
Ingrid Michaelson: “Nightswimming”
Glen Hansard: “Hairshirt”
The Apples In Stereo: “So. Central Rain”
Guster: “Shaking Through”
Marshall Crenshaw: “Supernatural Superserious”
Rhett Miller: “Driver 8″
Kimya Dawson: “World Leader Pretend”
Vic Chesnutt and Elf Power: “Everybody Hurts”
Kristin Hersh and Throwing Muses:
“Perfect Circle”
Dar Williams: “At My Most Beautiful”
Jolie Holland: “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville” (featuring Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio)
Darius Rucker: “I Believe”
Patti Smith: “New Test Leper”
R.E.M.: “E-Bow The Letter” (featuring Patti Smith)

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