Tissue alert. When you press play and watch Patti Smith pay tribute to the dearly departed Lou Reed at Carnegie Hall as she performs his perfect song “Perfect Day,” it will likely bring a tear to your eye. I know it did for me, and I was taking a video at the same moment. But it was perfect, just the same.
There are some things so epic and wonderful that I cannot keep them to myself. This is one of those things. A very rare video of the incomparable Patti Smith performing “Land: Horses/Land of 1,000 Dances/La Mer (De)/Gloria” at Carnegie Hall in New York on March 11, 2014 as part of the Tibet House benefit concert.
This video is reason enough that you should see Patti Smith every chance you get and coming soon, you will see a video of her paying tribute to Lou Reed and it will bring a tear to your eye. But that’s for another time. For now, get ready to ROCK with Patti!
On June 5, 2013, Patti Smith and friends celebrated the life and birthday of poet Federico Garcia Lorca at a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. For this particular show, Patti brought out several of her friends to read poems by Federico Garcia Lorca including one of his family members. Lorca was outspoken about his political views and was executed in 1936 in Spain for being openly gay.
Patti Smith mentioned that earlier in the evening, she’d gone to see a documentary about the imprisoned Russian band Pussy Riot and she talked about the fact that we need to continue to voice our opinions no matter what the cost because one of the few liberties we have left in America is freedom of speech. It’s inspiring to see Patti Smith because not only is she a rock and roll goddess and poet, but she is a champion of equal rights and freedom. To quote one of her songs (which she also performed), THE PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER!
The night wasn’t all about Lorca, however. Her band joined her on stage and they performed a full set which included some of her classic songs including “Redondo Beach,” “Pissing in a River,” the title track off her latest release, “Banga” as well as a cover of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues.” The finale of the show was Patti reading her poem “Piss Factory” and it’s always amazing to see a crowded room become completely silent to catch every word that Patti Smith speaks. What a night! Thanks Patti, happy birthday Federico and make sure to speak up ALWAYS for what you believe in!
On June 5, 2013, Patti Smith got some friends together to celebrate the birthday of poet Federico Garcia Lorca, who was murdered because of his sexual identity. A night of poetry and song took place at Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom and as always with a Patti Smith performance, it was heavenly. One of the many highlights of the show to me was her cover of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues.” Check it out below. Enjoy!
In honor of Record Store Day 2013, which will take place around the globe on April 20 (insert your best 420 joke here), Garbage will be releasing an exclusive 10″ vinyl where they will cover Patti Smith’s “Because The Night.” The Record Store Day exclusive will also feature a previously unreleased track called “Love Like Suicide” and the “Automatic Systematic Habit Costa Cadeu Remix.” More info can be found on Garbage’s official website.