We can’t wait to see this…
CBGB, starring Alan Rickman, Rupert Grint, Ashley Greene and Joel David Moore, opens in theaters Friday, October 11. The drama takes a look at the 70s punk rock scene and the CBGB club in New York City.
On November 13, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Live At Montreux 2005 by Patti Smith on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Video [Pre-book Order Date October 19, MSRP $14.98 for DVD, $19.98 for Blu-ray, and $12.99 Digital Video].
Smith’s vibrant live performance – a fervent intermingle of visual artistry, musical exploration, spoken word, and Rock ‘N’ Roll – is beautifully captured on Live At Montreux 2005 via DTS Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1, and Dolby Digital Stereo. This Montreux concert was filmed in the midst of their 2005 tour in support of the 2004 albumTrampin’. This is the first ever live video release by Patti Smith and includes classic tracks such as “Because The Night,” “Dancing Barefoot,” “People Have The Power,” “Redondo Beach,” “25th Floor,” and many more. In addition, they also serenade the legacy of Bob Dylan, with a performance of “Like A Rolling Stone.”
Along with Patti Smith on vocals, guitar and clarinet, the band line-up includes original Patti Smith Groupmembers Lenny Kaye (guitar & vocals) and Jay Dee Daugherty (drums), Tom Verlaine of Television on guitars and long standing band member Tony Shanahan on bass, keyboards and vocals.
“There’s something magical about seeing Montreux on our tour itinerary,” says Lenny Kaye. “Along with a sense of achievement in becoming part of its grand tradition, there’s an awareness of the many Those who have played here over the years, the tribute that must be paid, the higher level of artistic exploration and audience sophistication that enhances the possibilities for taking a performance one step further. We partake of a sense of communal belonging within the mandala that is human musical expression.”
Patti Smith was one of the key artists in the breakthrough of New York City punk rock. The 1975 debut albumHorses was a landmark release, from her unique vocals and lyrics, to the strikingly androgynous cover art, shot by photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (Patti dons this exact outfit in the 2005 concert). Horses was a huge influence on the whole New Wave genre, and paved the way for 11 additional albums, as well as several published poetry collections.
Smith’s distinctive blend of rock, punk and poetry combined with her uncompromising style has ensured that she has remained a credible artist throughout her career, and continues to influence artists to this day.
Punk icon Patti Smith blames stage-hands for the infamous 1977 accident which left her in traction with a broken back, insisting they failed to leave enough room for her to perform.
The singer took a tumble and plunged 15 feet (4.5 metres) into the orchestra pit during a gig supporting Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band in Tampa, Florida.
The incident left her with a fractured spine and broken vertebrae in her neck and required months of physiotherapy to enable Smith to recover – and she blames members of Seger’s road crew for leaving her too little space on stage to perform.
Smith tells Uncut magazine, “There’ve been many rumours… ‘Oh, she was stoned.’ It wasn’t like that. I was being careful on the stage because there wasn’t as much room or light. I didn’t whirl around as much as usual, but when I hit the monitor with my foot, it was half hanging over the lip of the stage.
“We needed more space and light, and we didn’t get it, and I had an accident. Those are the practical aspects of it. It p**sed me off, and it wasn’t very friendly, but it’s nothing I’m gonna sue anybody over.”
Smith also reveals she still suffers complications from the horrific accident 35 years on, adding, “I still suffer from it. My neck… I still get discomfort, spinal discomfort. It’s nothing I can’t live with.”
Punk icon Patti Smith‘s literary skills have again landed her book world honours – she’ll be among the top writers competing for this year’s (11) coveted Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
In other Patti Smith news, the legendary singer/songwriter, poet made an appearance at Manhattan’s 92nd St. Y on Wednesday, February16 (8:00 p.m). Smith faced a full house where she discussed her new memoir, Just Kids, and shared memories and experiences of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and offered a rare glimpse of her ever moving story of youth as well as her formible body of work that spans 40 years.
|Photo: Joyce Culver for 92 Y
Smith was joined on stage by longtime guitarist Lenny Kaye and old friend Sam Shepard where she combined reading with musical performance. Those in attendenace who purchased her book at the event were lucky enough to have it signed.
Punk icon Patti Smith is set to follow her recent U.S. National Book Awards success by penning a detective novel set in London.
Cyndi Lauper teamed up with Jackson Browne for an emotional rendition of hit songA Day In The Life to honour John Lennon at a tribute concert on Friday night (Nov 12).