Monday, May 9, 2011

Radiohead & R.E.M. at the 1998 Tibetan Freedom Concert

On June 14, 1998, over 120,00 people attended the third annual Tibetan Freedom Concert at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. Many great bands played the weekend festival, including Pearl Jam, Sonic Youth, The Beastie Boys, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and A Tribe Called Quest. The Dave Matthews Band also performed.

Radiohead and R.E.M decided to collaborate a bit during their sets. First, R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe sang lead for Radiohead on this incredible version of "Lucky."

Radiohead with Michael Stipe - "Lucky"

Second, Radiohead's Thom Yorke provided backing vocals for REM on their song "E-Bow the Letter."

R.E.M. with Thom Yorke - "E-Bow the Letter"

Both of these mp3s came from Radiohead's ridiculous and tremendous 24 disc bootleg compilation made by their fans called "Towering Above the Rest," all of which can be torrented here.

If you haven't done so already, check out the excellent records by both bands that came out recently, REM's "Collapse Into Now," and Radiohead's "The King of Limbs."

Thanks for reading.


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