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Michael Stipe told Donald Trump to "shut up" for talking during Patti Smith gig


Michael Stipe has recalled a moment when he silenced Donald Trump after the President was talking during a Patti Smith concert.

The R.E.M. singer, who also discussed the controversial subject of Trump using his music during campaign rallies, appeared as a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert when the topic was raised.

“We got there late, and it was standing room only,” Stipe recalls remembering how he clashed with Trump in the late 1990s. “They took us to the VIP overflow booth. This businessman, this big loud guy came in. He sat next to us. He was talking to [his date], and he kept talking to her through the performance. It was very disruptive and loud, frankly.”

Stipe added” “I told him, ‘Excuse me, that’s my friend. And you have to stop talking. What are you doing? Shut up!’”

The current President of the United States, according to Stipe, then “got up and left” and missed the end of Smith’s performance.

When discussing Trump’s use of his music, Stipe said: “There’s nothing we can do but respectfully request he not do so.” When Colbert comically joked that he take stronger action, the R.E.M. added: “We take the high road. When they go low, we go high.”

See the interview, below.