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Patti Smith says Happy New Year @ Bowery Ballroom - Dec 31, 2008 (Houari B)
Patti Smith

"Smith was in fine form and good spirits, joking and cajoling the audience, even telling them her old birthday (she was born on Dec 30th) stories. Her jokes crackle with electricity as much as the music, as the band rip through Kimberly (a loving tribute to her sister, who was in the audience), Dancing Barefoot, Pissing in a River and the chestnuts, Because the Night and People Have the Power.

Since 1998, Smith has been keeping a three-night year-end tradition at New York's Bowery Ballroom and tonight, Smith puts everyone in the right frame of mind about 2009, the Chinese astrological Year of the Ox, by reminding the audience that it's going to be a year of putting their noses to the grind and working hard." [roio]

Download the whole New Years Eve show at roio's site.

Patti Smith doesn't have any full shows coming up again yet, but there are at least four times you can see her between now and March 11th. And one of them is tonight/Saturday at 92YTribeca where she'll be introducing and speaking after a couple of screenings of the new documentary made about her. All dates below...

Patti Smith - Dream of Life trailer:

Patti Smith in NYC
Jan 10 - movie, Q & A @ 92YTribeca
Jan 11 - NY Times Arts & Leisure
Feb 03 - Tibet House Benefit
Mar 11 - REM Tribute

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Comments (7)

she looks like bob dylan

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2009 3:55 PM

I wish I could get more excited about any of this.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2009 6:40 PM

The crowd does nothing but stand and stare. Older fans are now coming just to observe. Too old and passive. Needs to be revitalized in the worst way. So boring...pathetic and nothing like the old days when Patti was daring and had an edge. Band is too "professional" and creative flow with a responsive audience is dead. People need to wake up before they have "the power"...

Posted by David S | January 12, 2009 9:12 AM

She looks like Howard Stern

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2009 12:31 PM

i'm a big fan, and i have to agree with David S- 912am. she can stand to rock it out a bit more, even at her age i know these rockNrollers have it in them. it can be done gracefully but it's got to have fire.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2009 2:12 PM

Well, David S and the anonymous people on here.. in 2008 I attended 13 gigs, 10 with the band [NYC Bowery Ballroom, Mallorca Spain, Molde & Bergen Norway, Stockholm Sweden, Moscow Russia] . 2 Patti acoustic all by herself [Copenhagen Danemark, after screenings of "Dream of life], and 1 gig with the family + Lenny Kaye at "the MET".

You say: more fire, rock it out a bit more, the audience is too old, and Patti doesn´t have an edge anymore.

I disagree with you! She does have an edge, she rocks it out like there´s no tomorrow, and the audience is great. You probably haven´t been standing outside a venue, freezing your balls off, for 6 hr so you can be infront of the stage, if you had done that, you would have had a different experience I bellieve, there are sparks flying from the stage to the people, but you gotta get into it yourself. So blame yourself and not Patti please!

Posted by Smiths venninner - NORWAY | February 1, 2009 12:17 PM

fanboy

Posted by Anonymous | February 1, 2009 12:30 PM

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