Michael Stipe and Courtney Love heart The xx

The REM frontman watches the band in Paris

Michael Stipe of R.E.M was in attendance on the opening night of The xx‘s first ever European tour.

The singer watched the show from a private balcony at the band’s recent show Point Ephemere in Paris.

Interviewed by The Sun on the night of the show, singer Romy Madley Croft said she hadn’t met the R.E.M frontman, adding: “I’m not sure I’ll be able to say anything if he comes to say hi. It’s just bizarre he is here.”

Croft went on to to explain that he was not the band’s only well-known admirer, explaining that Courtney Love had left a message on their voicemail.

Meanwhile The xx were forced to postpone several dates on the UK tour after band member Baria Quereshi was ruled out through exhaustion.