Patti Smith performed, unannounced, at the Rivoli, a
Toronto club, Saturday night to a small crowd of 150. Smith, with acoustic
guitar accompaniment from writer/guitarist Oliver Ray, was on stage for about
35 minutes. She opened the show with a new, as yet unrecorded song that she
said her and Ray were working on ""with Jerry Garcia in mind."
songs Smith performed were "Walkin' Blind," the song Smith co-wrote with Ray
and contributed to the Dead Man Walking soundtrack, and "Beneath The
Southern Cross" off her most recent album, Gone Again. She closed with a
powerful version of "People Have The Power."
At times during the brief set,
Smith also played acoustic guitar, according to our on-the-scene correspondent
Joshua, who plays bass in Poledo, the band that opened the show.
were a few ultra-annoying people in the crowd who KEPT FUCKING TALKING during
her set," Joshua reports. "And somebody was heckling her! Do you believe
that?!?!! Patti Smith plays a small club and Joe Idiot drinks beers, shouts and
pisses her off."
At one point the talking got to Smith. "What the hell are
you all talking about?" she said. "I'm losing my concentration up here."
And a little later: "Wow, this was even worse than I expected"
audience stopped talking after that.
Despite the distractions from the
crowd, Joshua says he was "completely mesmerized" by her performance.
is expected to continue sessions for her next album at a New York studio later
this month (preliminary recording began last December).