Watch REM’s Michael Stipe pay tribute to David Bowie in rare solo TV performance

Frontman covered 'Man Who Sold The World' on 'The Tonight Show'

Michael Stipe covered David Bowie‘s ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ last night during an appearance on The Tonight Show.

Stipe was a guest of Jimmy Fallon’s ahead of his appearance at the upcoming Bowie tribute at Carnegie Hall in New York this week.

The REM frontman, who wrote a poem for Bowie following his death in January, will be among the artists performing tribute gigs for the Thin White Duke over two nights (March 31-April 1) in New York this week. The first, with Patti Smith, Pixies, Cat Power, Debbie Harry and The Roots all taking part, will be live-streamed on Skype.

A second tribute will follow on Friday night at Radio City Music Hall with Stipe joined by Mumford and Sons, Blondie, Cat Power, and The Roots.

Since REM split back in 2011, Stipe has been doing doing occasional surprise gigs around New York City and growing a notable beard.

The singer did make a brief appearance on the final episode of ‘The Colbert Report’ back in 2014 to join a host of stars to sing ‘We’ll Meet Again’.

He has also spent time supporting Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and slamming Donald Trump after Trump REM song ‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’ at a Washington rally.