Patti Smith @ the Catalyst in Santa Cruz

The magic of Patti can not be denied. That loving storyteller was in full effect as she hit the stage with some of the old group in tow, including Lenny Kaye, Tom Verlaine along with her son Jackson. At the ripe old age of 60 her clarion call is a strong as ever if not even more substantial than in the past. Clearly defined and articulate. Her cover's album "Twelve" turns her chosen tunes inside out and makes them her own. Ahhhh the majesty imbued in "Are you Experienced?", "Soul Kitchen", "White Rabbit", "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and the kicker of "Perfect Day". Which had a call and response on the verse of "You just keep me hanging on", that made Patti smile beatifically.  Wonderfully rendered standards such as "Summer Cannibals", "Beneath the Southern Cross" which ripped open my frame. "Because the Night", "Gloria" made me shimmy like a crazed mod babe, "Break It Up", "Rock N Roll Nigger" and "New Party" rounded out the night. She gave many props to Jerry Garcia since it was the end of Jerry's week (August 1st-9th.)
A wonderful performance by an musician of great humility.         
Fri 8/17/2007 10:39 AM