LONDON ROYAL ALBERT HALL – MONDAY 02 NOVEMBER & TUESDAY 03 NOVEMBER
Crosstown concerts have announced two shows by PATTI SMITH at LONDON ROYAL ALBERT HALL on MONDAY 02 NOVEMBER and TUESDAY 03 NOVEMBER, the only UK dates this year. Tickets for the 1970 TO 2020 POETRY & MUSIC dates are available now from: https://www.seetickets.com/event/patti-smith-and-her-band/royal-albert-hall/1484882
This reviewer has seen her play more than half a dozen times and tells anyone who will listen that she’s the most charismatic performer working today, fusing the passion of the French romantic poets and the turbulence of rock and roll.
PATTI SMITH was born in Chicago and raised in New Jersey before migrating to New York in 1967. Her first recording, HORSES, which in 2010 was inducted into the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress, was followed by further acclaimed albums such as RADIO ETHIOPIA, EASTER, DREAM OF LIFE, WAVE, GONE AGAIN, GUNG HO, PEACE AND NOISE and OUTSIDE SOCIETY. She is a four time Grammy nominee, most recently in 2017 for the spoken word recording of her latest book M TRAIN, and a Golden Globe nominee for the song MERCY IS from the film Noah.
Author of the acclaimed memoir, JUST KIDS, which chronicled her friendship and journey in art with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, PATTI SMITH was awarded the 2010 National Book Award. Her other books include WITT, BABEL, CORAL SEA, WOOLGATHERING, AUGURIES OF INNOCENCE and the 2015 publication of M TRAIN.
Her art has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide and, as well as being a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, PATTI SMITH also holds the honour of ‘Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres’ from the French Ministry of Culture. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from Rowan State University, the Pratt Institute of Art and the School of Art Institute in Chicago, and was the recipient of Sweden’s Polar Award which represents international acknowledgement for significant achievements in music.
She was awarded the Katharine Hepburn Medal in 2013, which recognises women whose lives, work and contributions to society embody the same drive and accomplishment as the Oscar-winning actress, and the following year received the Chicago Tribune Literary Award.
There are not many artists for whom the term ‘living legend’ sits comfortably but PATTI SMITH is indisputably one of them. From her influence and contribution to the 1970’s New York punk explosion, to the present day which finds her continuing to write, perform music and spoken word, create art and lend support for human rights issues throughout the world, her status remains undiminished and the opportunity to see her perform live remains a privilege.