Bluesfest Touring is proud to announce a once in a lifetime event. Such is the demand and adoration for Patti Smith in Australia that six dates across two capital cities have all but sold out. The final ever Australian performance for Patti Smith and Her Band will be held at Festival Hall Melbourne on Thursday April 20th, featuring Patti’s repertoire of originals and selected covers from across eleven studio albums and forty-three years of defining rock music.
The acclaimed artist, writer, activist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will be joined by long-time Band mates Lenny Kaye and Jay Dee Daugherty; with Tony Shanahan on piano/bass and Andy York on guitar.
The very special guest artist is local alt-rocker Courtney Barnett; with this being her only scheduled Australian show for 2017. Courtney has been influenced and inspired by Patti.
These concerts in Sydney and Melbourne, along with her two performances at Bluesfest will be the last time to watch Patti Smith and Her Band perform in Australia.
It’s time now for a special celebration. A dedication to fans and an honouring of Patti’s lifetime of work.
Patti Smith and Her Band
It has been eight years since Patti Smith last came to Australia, and nearly 41 years since the release of her first and most celebrated recording Horses. She has spent those years creating art that has become highly significant to her loyal fans, and inspiring a generation of musicians.
Author, artist, musician, Patti Smith’s list of artistic influences doesn’t end there. She is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, human rights activist and also holds the honour of “Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres” from the French Ministry of Culture.
In November of 1975, Patti Smith and her band recorded her debut album Horses at the famous Electric Lady Studios in New York City. An album that has come to be regarded as a seminal and landmark recording, that continues to have resonance and relevance for succeeding generations of musicians and artists. Ten more studio albums followed, as well as two highly acclaimed, bestselling books Smith describes as “roadmaps to my life”.
“Watching Patti Smith perform live – for the first, second or fifth time – feels like a life-changing experience.”- The Independent (Field Day)
“Smith remains a vital and provocative artist with a radical message for the 21st century” – The Nation
“This is protest music. But it is protest with a fierce edge that seamlessly weaves a new politics into a rich legacy of rock-and-roll rebellion: She is celebrating a connection between music and movements that is swaggering and confident and more than ready to declare—as Smith does—that “we’re gonna change the fucking world!” ” – The Nation
Welcome to the world of Courtney Barnett, a hazy place where suburban banalities and procrastination have never sounded so compelling. The Melbourne-based singer, guitarist and songwriter has built a growing legion of local devotees through a series of DIY releases on her own label Milk! Records and now it seems the rest of the world has embraced her – having sold out her most recent tours to rapturous audiences in the UK and USA.
Pitchfork likened her latest single Avant Gardener to "mid-'60s Bob Dylan and a Byrds-ian blend of psychedelia, folk and country" while Brooklyn Vegan wrote that "her songwriting that hearkens back to the creative burst of the late '60s. Specifically in California -- her melodies and psychedelic harmonies recall the work of David Crosby or John Phillips".
Contrary to the slacker-pop sensibility and laid-back psychedelia of her recordings, the sprawling, hair-raising guitar jams of her live trio "The Courtney Barnetts" are simply electrifying.
Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit - Mixing witty, often hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking observations with devastating self-assessment, Courtney Barnett’s debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, cements her standing as one of the most distinctive and compelling voices in indie rock. These songs reveal not only an assured songwriter and guitar player, but also an artist who in just a few years has already proved highly influential becoming one of Australia’s biggest music exports.
"Rock that works up the scrappy momentum of the Velvet Underground" - New York Times
"Barnett has a gift for turning mundane scenarios into gripping stories... brilliant" - Pitchfork
Last Ever Concert by Patti Smith and Her Band in Australia
Featuring music from Patti’s full rock repertoire
with special guest
in her only scheduled Australian show this year
Festival Hall, Melbourne VIC – THU 20 APRIL 2017
ANNOUNCE & PRESALE: Friday 20th January 10:00am AEDT
ON SALE: Monday 23rd January 10:00am AEDT