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Patti Smith

Michael Stipe joined his friend Patti Smith at Bowery Ballroom on New Year's Eve for what was also the end of her final year at the venue...

On New Year's Eve, Patti Smith announced from the stage at the Bowery Ballroom that the concert was her last -- at the Bowery Ballroom.

For 14 years, the three-pack of shows by Patti Smith and Her Band in the final week of December has proved to be a reliably exhilarating way to usher out the old and ring in the new. If it's not the Allmans at the Beacon Theater, it's in the same area code. It's cozy: the smallish Ballroom accommodates fewer than 600. It's egalitarian: tickets are general admission, mostly standing room and reasonably priced. And it's personal: the shows always include one on Dec. 30, to celebrate Ms. Smith's birthday (she turned 65 on Friday).

After the last show -- an excellent night, with many special touches, including Michael Stipe singing "Wichita Lineman" -- Lenny Kaye, Ms. Smith's lead guitarist and general rock subversive, confirmed that the band would still perform, but at some other location. "It's just time to move on," he said. [NY Times]

Catch Patti this February with Philip Glass at the Tune-In Music Festival at the Park Avenue Armory. Stay tuned for info on where Patti will spend her birthday this year.

Check out video of Patti & Michael at Bowery below...

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Michael Stipe and Patti Smith perform,"Wichita Lineman"

Patti Smith and Her Band NYE

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Comments (18)

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Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 10:34 AM

zzzziti?

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 10:38 AM

Oh man, Michael Stipe doing Wichita Lineman? Wish I'd gone this year -- I love the REM cover of that song.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 10:43 AM

Steve Zissou changed his hat color.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 10:45 AM

The first show's first half was brilliant, then she lost focus and it went downhill fast. I go every year and I only hope she stays away from the Bowery Productions assholes. If she agrees to allow Bowery to put her in T5 or another of their larger venues, she is an idiot.

She should cut it to 2 nights...her birthday and NYE, and have it up at the UPT, which is cheap to rent-out, so she can keep prices down. She doesn't need Bowery to promote the shows because they sell themselves.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 11:06 AM

@1106 um no. intimacy was the name of the game with these shows, UPT would ruin the magic.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 11:31 AM

Not to mention UPT is a very unappealing venue.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 11:39 AM

intimacy is the name of the game with these shows?

Actually, intimacy is the name of the game with all of her shows.

She doesn't/can't play much larger venues otherwise anyway.

This past year in NYC she played Webster Hall, The Church at St Marks and Castle Clinton. Some are a little bit bigger, some a bit smaller, but all are relatively in the same size of venue.

In the past ten years she has also played The Music Hall of Williamsburg, Warsaw, CBGB, etc.

She only plays larger venues when it's under the umbrella of a special event, ala Horses at BAM or a benefit at the Beacon.

The Bowery is the size venue she would be playing anyway, so it's not that big a deal in terms of intimacy for these shows.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 11:57 AM

Her fan base is old, so will probably head to a seated venue like City Winery.

Usually older fans are better spenders, but Patti Smith fans are cheap. I was speaking to the bartenders last year at NYE and they said that the PS crowds tend to stiff the bartenders on tips.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 12:19 PM

'Horses' at BAM was amazing

Posted by Fritz | January 3, 2012 12:41 PM

what about the phish run?

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 12:48 PM

bet she takes the New Years show to some other city and just for one night... probably somewhere in Europe

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 1:16 PM

City Winery, no doubt.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 1:26 PM

I'm sure the only reason she is calling it quits for this Bowery NYE run is that she already has a more lucrative offer on the table for somewhere else. Otherwise they would just do the Bowery again.

It's not like she's retiring...

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 1:48 PM

Patti's reading at St.Marx Bookstore tonight

Posted by ME | January 3, 2012 2:24 PM

how was that?

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2012 11:40 AM

12:19 brings a little bit of ridiculous to the proceedings.

Posted by Anonymous | January 4, 2012 12:34 PM

patii smith

Posted by jordon | August 9, 2013 7:19 PM

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