Photos by G.
Fashion week in New York might have kicked off on September 8, 2011, but the place to be was at Webster Hall seeing the incomparable Patti Smith in concert. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer played a free show (with RSVP) to a packed house at Webster Hall in conjunction with Radio France. She wasted no time as she kicked things off with “Redondo Beach” from her epic debut “Horses.” The nearly 2 hour show afforded the audience a chance to hear a lot of songs off Patti’s recent career spanning collection “Outside Society.” Patti Smith seamlessly infuses poetry and punk and when she spoke, the audience listened.
Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye
She performed a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Play With Fire” and afterwards she talked about her recent live cover of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep.” She said that unfortunately, she mangled the song, but she fully expects a box set of all the covers she’s destroyed over the years to be released. She asked if they can wait until after her death for such a collection. The entire show was amazing, but obviously the audience went nuts when she played “Because the Night,” “Free Money,” and “Pissing In a River,” which she dedicated to Amy Winehouse.
She closed out the main portion of the set with Land/Gloria, which lasted close to 12 minutes and was so incredible. You can hear a longer version on the Legacy Edition of “Horses,” which I highly recommend. During the encore, she performed “People Got The Power.” She closed the night with “Rock and Roll Nigger,” where she talked about the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and mentioned the lack of progress we’ve made since then. She told us to question society and to use our voices and take action, which is something I wish more public figures would do! She also advised that if the world isn’t a better place by the time we go to bed, tomorrow is a new day. What an inspiration!
Rock and Roll Nigger
See the set list after the jump.