Covers included 'African Night Flight' and 'Boys Keep Swinging'
Shearwater covered ‘Lodger’ tracks including ‘African Night Flight’, ‘Boys Keep Swinging’, ‘Fantastic Voyage’ and ‘DJ’ during the session.
On March 31 and April 1, two David Bowie tribute events were held at two iconic New York City venues: Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall. R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe covered Bowie classics ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ and ‘Ashes To Ashes’ during the concerts.
Earlier this year (April 15), Stipe wrote in a post on R.E.M.’s website: “To play carnegie hall and radio city music hall is, in itself, a huge honor – they are incredible venues each with incredible histories. for carnegie in particular, i wanted the room to be the main instrument. its reverberation and energy is profoundly weighted and airy all at once — it can transform music into something holy — so that informed our arrangement choices for ‘ashes to ashes’.”
“radio city music hall is a way different room, but equally resonant,” Stipe continued. “it was two stunning evenings, hearing songs that i grew up with, all contributors honoring the output of such an astonishing songwriter. for myself, including the performance on the tonight show starring jimmy fallon, in one week i got to interpret and perform two of my top 20 favorite songs of all time.”
David Bowie died on January 10 following an 18 month battle with cancer. You can watch the Shearwater session below.