XPN MusicNotes: Michael Stipe covers David Bowie, The White Stripes prep Peel Sessions release

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Michael Stipe on Kimmel | still from video
Michael Stipe on Kimmel | still from video

As a warmup to his scheduled performances at a pair of David Bowie tribute concerts in NYC this week, former REM frontman Michael Stipe covered Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World” last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Watch his performance.

The pair of benefit concerts paying tribute to the late David Bowie will take place this Thursday and Friday at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall.

As part of a special package for Record Store Day on April 16th, Jack White and Third Man Records will release first-ever commercial production of The White Stripes’ Peel Sessions.

Back in 2001 when the White Stripes released White Blood Cells, they visited radio DJ John Peel. Songs from the sessions were played on BBC Radio and then later bootlegged by fans.  The performances are often considered one of the band’s seminal live performances.  Both recordings will be pressed onto a limited edition red and white vinyl.

Also for Record Store Day, Third Man Records will release a limited edition 7-inch containing White’s two covers of Stevie Wonder’s “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” along with the Muppets.

Listen to some of the White Stripes Peel Sessions 1 below.

Peel Session 1 Setlist:

Let’s Shake Hands
When I Hear My Name
Jolene
Death Letter
Cannon
Astro
Jack the Ripper
Hotel Yorba
I’m Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman
Screwdriver
We’re Going to Be Friends
You’re Pretty Good Looking (For a Girl)
Boll Weevil
Hello Operator
Baby Blue (Gene Vincent cover)

Peel Session 2 Setlist:

Lord, Send Me an Angel (Blind Willie McTell cover)
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
I Think I Smell a Rat
Well It’s True That We Love One Another
Let’s Build a Home
Little Room
The Union Forever
The Same Boy You’ve Always Known
Look Me Over Closely (Terry Gilkyson cover)
Looking at You(MC5 cover)
St. James Infirmary
Apple Blossom
Do
Rated X (Loretta Lynn cover)
Jumble, Jumble

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