Classic Rock

R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe pays tribute to Sinéad O’Connor with classic cover of “The Last Day of Our Acquaintance”

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R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe has paid tribute to the late Sinéad O’Connor, whose death was revealed Wednesday, July 26. She was 56.

Stipe shared a photo with himself and Sinéad on Instagram, writing, “There are no words.”

Stipe and R.E.M. also shared a link to a YouTube video of R.E.M. covering Sinéad’s track “The Last Day of Our Acquaintance.” The performance took place at a VH1 Honors special in Los Angeles on April 28, 1996. 

“The Last Day of Our Acquaintance” is a track from Sinéad’s second studio album, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, the same album that features her #1 single “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

Rod Stewart also paid tribute to Sinéad with a performance. The singer shared a video of him covering “Nothing Compares 2 U” at a show, captioning the clip, “My heart goes out to Sinead O’Connor’s family. What a loss.”

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