patti smith @ the fillmore

Posted by Brad Schelden, August 16, 2007 04:20pm | Post a Comment
 I went to go see Patti Smith at the Fillmore last night. If you have ever seen her before then you know how amazing she is to see perform live. She did an instore at Amoeba in Hollywood. You can watch the great interview with her and Logan by going here. I know I throw around the word amazing a lot. But nobody deserves it more than her. She really has some power that I can not even explain. This power sort of takes over everyone in the crowd and it is something that will stay with you the rest of your life.

I never got the chance to see Patti in the 70's or 80's. It was not until about 6 or so years ago that I saw her for the first time. It was right after the release of "Gung Ho" and was also at the Fillmore in S.F. A sort of perfect place to see her. These days, I am often one of the oldest in the crowd. So it is always weird to be at a show like this where I am one of the youngest. It does not really matter who you are though. She will put out her power over the whole crowd. I swear, she should just run for president or something. But I think she has already found her calling. She has created some amazing music over the years. Her debut, "Horses," came out the year after I was born. It remains my favorite of hers and I am sure the favorite of many.  They actually just gave it a nice little reissue deluxe treatment a couple of years ago. Three years later came "Easter," which includes her awesome version of "Because the Night."

 Patti likes to talk with the audience and tell little stories. She told a great little story about watching X-Files the night before and then having a great little dream afterward. She also played some 60's songs in honor of the anniversary of the summer of love.  These songs are also on her new album. So maybe it is just a coincidence that it happens to be the anniversary of the summer of love. She performed cover versions of "Are You Experienced?," "White Rabbit" and "Gimme Shelter."

Her voice sounds exactly like it did back when she created those amazing early records. She has one of those amazing unique voices that has no equal. I guess this is what creates her power. It is that amazing voice. After seeing her the first time, she just seemed like one of those people you could just hang out with. And after watching her interview with Logan after the Hollywood instore, I feel that way even more. She is for sure a mythical amazing star. But at the same time, she is just one of us. Patti Smith also just put out a new album called "Twelve." The album is all covers and includes a cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana.

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