Patti Smith To Hit The Road

Punk poet set for winter tour after successful C.B.G.B.'s shows.

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

like that."

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

[Thurs., Nov. 20, 1997, 9

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