Sandra-Lee Phipps, REM HQ It was this week some 30 years ago that Athens, GA…
- Posted on Nov 11th 2011 11:30AM by Theo Spielberg
Colbert commemorated R.E.M. in a sincere-cum-innacurate eulogy, calling them "the R.E.M.'s" and lauding them as "a hugely influential band, known for their strong political views like their support of gun rights on their album 'Automatic for the People.'" He then proceeded to gingerly hoist Stipe onto his permanent enshrinement on his "Rock and Roll Shelf of Fame."
Per Stipe's suggestion, the two closed out the show by singing a song. After inviting Brian Eno -- the evening's guest -- to join them, the group launched into an unexpectedly awesome rendition of Bill Withers' 'Lean on Me' executed in tight three-piece harmonies. Watch them perform the entire song -- not just an excerpt, the whole shebang -- below.