Michael Stipe and Bruce Springsteen

July 13, 2013

I love watching, and listening, to them sing together live (courtesy of recordings posted on YouTube), whether it’s a Springsteen song or an R.E.M. song.  Stipe has a looser, more exuberant energy, Springsteen is so serious about delivering the goods, but can break into a boyish delight during one of these dual performances.  I am not a knowledgeable fan of either man’s work, but I really like these live joint ventures.  I think it’s that combination of very different but apparently compatible energies.   “Man on the Moon” and “Because the Night” are two of my favorites.


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