While most music fans around the world are forced to endure a prolonged period away from live music amid the pandemic, we’re dipping back into the archives to provide a momentary period of light nostalgia. Here, we look at the moment Patti Smith took to the stage to be joined by Bruce Springsteen and R.E.M’s Michael Stipe to perform their iconic song ‘Because The Night’.
The performance, which took place following the screening of a documentary about the rock and roll icon named Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band was shown, was held at the Tribeca Film Festival. To make the situation even more memorable, the punk poet was joined by some special guests.
Moving on, the enigmatic Stipe then joined the pair to perform ‘People Have The Power’. It culminated in a truly awe-inspiring spectacle of talent from the ages. Smith the pioneer, continues to demonstrate the importance of her work.
The documentary Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band follows the band across the 2015 tour of the same name, which was to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the classic album. The performance, as is always the case with Patti Smith, is enigmatic and thoroughly engaging.
As William S. Burroughs once wrote, Patti Smith’s “effect on the audience is electric, comparable to voodoo or umbanda rituals, where the audience members become participants, and are literally lifted out of themselves.”
The punk poet, armed with her high profile friends, delivered all of that and more. See the footage, below.