Patti Smith and Phineas T. Barnum in Bridgeport, Ct.

The Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Patti Smith Group Alchemy Tour pulls into Bridgeport, Ct. Webster Bank Arena for their last stop tomorrow night, December 4th. I have looked forward to seeing Neil Young with the Horse and Patti Smith rock out in my backyard.

I reflect on Patti Smith’s Camera Solo Exhibit that we saw last year at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. The exhibit was filled with Patti’s Polaroid Land Camera photographs of famous grave sites and residences of literary greats like Virginia Woolf’s bed or Walt Whitman’s tomb.

My mind ruminates about Patti Smith exploring Bridgeport history before her show.I visualize a connection between two famous show personalities, Patti Smith and P.T. Barnum, Bridgeport, Ct.’s most famous citizen. I can readily see Patti visiting P. T. Barnum’s grave at Mountain Grove Cemetery on North Avenue.

Barnum's grave

My wife and I have seen Patti Smith perform several times live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This will be the first time we will see her with The Patti Smith Group. Smiling at the pictures taken from the tour so far, I thought this was a great shot of Patti and her band with the Neil Young & Crazy Horse set backdrop.

Patti Smith

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Neil Young, Psychedelic Pill, That’s Where It’s At

Neil Young is providing fans a bountiful harvest of recorded music, accompanied by live performances, along with a full narrative composed from personal experience this Rocktober.

Here is what Neil Young and his team have in generous store for us, psyche!

September 25 Waging Heavy Peace Neil Young’s memoir
October 6 – Journeys the documentary video release
October 30 – Psychedelic Pill,  available as either Double-CD, Triple-Vinyl and Blu-Ray release

Fall Tour: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Patti Smith Group as the opening act.

The band resumes their 2012 tour on October 3rd in Windsor, Ontario. They  wraps up the tour on December 4th in Bridgeport, Connecticut. 

Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill

Psychedelic Pill is Neil Young’s first album of original material with Crazy Horse in nine years. The recording highlights the full Crazy Horse line-up featuring Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Frank Sampedro.

The recommended high-resolution 24/192 full fidelity version of the album Psychedelic Pill will be released on Blu-ray and will include all the videos filmed during the session.

CD Tracklist:
Disc 1
1. Driftin Back
2. Psychedelic Pill
3. Ramada Inn
4. Born In Ontario
Disc 2
1. Twisted Road
2. She’s Always Dancing
3. For The Love Of Man
4. Walk Like A Giant
5. Psychedelic Pill (Bonus Track Alternate Mix)

Believe or Explode

I was just about to turn off the TV and go to bed early this morning. I literally had the remote in my hand and my finger on the green off button. David Letterman reminded me that The Patti Smith Group was appearing live next so I settled in my spot and watched them rock out “Banga”, the title track from the new Special Edition book and CD.

I loved the risk that Patti Smith took playing that song, “Banga” is edgier than “April Fool” the first track to get airplay.

I haven’t seen The Patti Smith Group live in person yet. We are not scheduled to catch them until Monday December 3rd, 2012 at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Ct.

The band’s performance has whet my appetite for when that evening arrives 😉

Believe or Explode

Patti Smith – Outside Society, Track 3. “Ain’t It Strange” – Radio Ethiopia

Radio Ethiopia
Image via Wikipedia, Photograph by Judy Linn

The Patti Smith Group‘s second album was called Radio Ethiopia. It was released in October of 1976. The album was dedicated to Arthur Rimbaud and Constantin Brâncuşi.

There are two tracks from Radio Ethiopia on the Outside Society collection. The first of these two tracks that Patti Smith selected is “Ain’t It Strange”. I don’t own Radio Ethiopia so “Ain’t It Strange” is one five tracks on Outside Society that are new experiences for me to absorb and learn.

I love the reggae sway this song generates as it plays against the staccato style invoked by Lenny Kaye’s guitar. The Patti Smith Group were revolutionary in dress, mannerisms and music making  on Radio Ethiopia which shouted urban guerrilla warfare to the masses.

Patti Smith’s reflection’s about “Ain’t It Strange” state:

“Merging our devotion to reggae music with my personal experience as a youth in southern New Jersey, we created a playing field containing a manifesto of freedom from the fetters of dogma of any kind – moral, political or religious.”

(Patti Smith’s words from  the Outside Society CD liner notes, Copyright 2011, Sony Music Entertainment)

Photograph copyright Lynn Goldsmith