Although she has performed during the past three years, Patti
Smith hasn't mounted a full-fledged headlining tour since Jimmy Carter was
in the White House.
This week, the punk poet announced that she'll mount a winter tour in December with a series of East Coast club and theater concerts in
support of her seventh album, Peace and Noise. The tour will
continue on the West Coast in 1998.
The nine-date outing follows on the heels of a successful four-night stand
at New York's legendary C.B.G.B.'s club in October. Shortly before those shows at C.B.G.B. -- where during the mid-'70s Smith was a commanding force in the
burgeoning New York punk movement -- Smith said she
was looking forward to her return to club stages. "I think it'll be just
as raw and flawed and problematic, and sweaty and crappy, and happy and
joyful as it can be in a club," Smith, now 50, said. "It has risks, and I
The punk-rock godmother left the stage for more than a decade-and-a-half in
September 1979, after performing for a crowd of 85,000 fans in Italy.
Although she released the Dream of Life album in 1988, she didn't
return to live performances until seven years later, when she made a low-key appearance, performing with Allen Ginsberg on February 16, 1995
for "an evening of spoken word and music" at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Later that same year, Smith accepted an
invitation from Bob Dylan to open a series of his concerts. After
releasing Gone Again in 1996, Smith made a few individual
appearances in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. She offered a potent set at this summer's Tibet Freedom Concert. Also this year she performed in Washington, D.C. before heading to Japan and
Australia, where she played a few dates before returning to the studio to
record Peace and Noise.
Last week, Smith performed "Don't Say Nothing" on the "Late Night with
Conan O'Brien," during which R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe made a surprise
appearance on keyboards. A representative for Stipe said there's no word
on whether he might turn up for any of Smith's upcoming shows.
Definitely joining Smith for the headlining tour will be her longtime
partners Lenny Kaye (guitar) and Jay Dee Daugherty (drums), along with Tony
Shanahan (bass) and Oliver Ray (guitar).
Patti Smith Peace and Noise Tour Dates:
Dec. 2; Providence, R.I., Lupos
Dec. 3; Boston, Mass., Avalon
Dec. 4; Philadelphia, Penn., Trocadero
Dec. 6; Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Bardavon Opera House
Dec. 16; Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
Dec. 17; Carrboro, N.C., Cat's Cradle
Dec. 19; Nashville, Tenn., 328 Performance
Dec. 20; Atlanta, Ga., Variety Playhouse
Dec. 21; Asheville, N.C., Be Here Now
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