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REM's Michael Stipe duets with Chris Martin at Sandy Relief gig

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Former REM frontman Michael Stipe performed a surprise duet with Chris Martin at this week's Concert for Sandy Relief.

The Coldplay singer completed a solo rendition of 'Viva La Vida' on acoustic guitar before welcoming Stipe on stage to sing REM's 1991 hit 'Losing My Religion' with him.

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Capital FM's Summertime Ball: Chris Martin

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Martin strummed his guitar and provided harmonies while Stipe performed lead vocals, before Martin rounded off the set with a solo performance of 'Us Against the World'.

The duet was an unexpected addition to the Madison Square Garden event. Even some of the organisers were kept in the dark over Stipe's guest appearance, Hitfix understands.

Other collaborations on the night included Eddie Vedder with Roger Waters and Bon Jovi with Bruce Springsteen, as well as Paul McCartney performing with the surviving members of Nirvana.

Stipe also sang Christmas carol 'Good King Wenceslas' with Stephen Colbert and Mandy Patinkin on The Colbert Report earlier that day.

Watch footage from Michael Stipe and Chris Martin's duet on Fuse's YouTube channel below:

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