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Watching Patti Smith perform live is an unforgettable experience.
*Update*– Patti Smith has rescheduled her Australian tour until March 2021, with shows now taking place at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre. Remaining tickets are on sale now.
When the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee last landed on our shores in 2017, for a performance at Bluesfest and a string of headline shows, we were told they would be her last Down Under. That when she said goodbye to fans and stepped off the stage, she would never return. Following that tour, Smith took home the Helpmann Award for Best International Contemporary Concert – a truly fitting farewell to a legend.
But thankfully, things have changed. “I really thought that I wouldn’t be able to come back – so I’m delighted that I was wrong,” Patti Smith says. And just like that, the Godmother of Punk will be with us once again.
By the time she lands on our stages in 2020 we will be heading towards the 45th anniversary of her debut album Horses, and still now, almost five decades on, the record holds strong. Already a staple of the New York punk underground, Horses catapulted Smith and her band to international acclaim, and 11 albums later she still remains at the forefront of it all.
Horses has been lauded as one of the greatest albums of all time from numerous sources and has been cited as a key influence for a stack of artists including Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sonic Youth, Hole, The Smiths, R.E.M. and PJ Harvey, but its legacy – and that of the inimitable Patti Smith – stretches far beyond that.
Patti Smith and her band will now perform at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre next March. Tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster.com.au.