Forty Years into Her Career, Patti Smith is Still Bewitching: Review and Setlist 5/5/13

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Forty Years into Her Career, Patti Smith is Still Bewitching: Review and Setlist 5/5/13
Bob Westerholt

Smith's performance also included numerous compliments to St. Louis. She referenced our own William Burroughs multiple times, commented our buildings ("This city has beautiful architecture. It's the kind of architecture that reoccurs in your dreams") and she improvised a little STL love at the beginning of "My Blakean Year": "The tour bus pulled into St. Louie/Where I was thinkin' of William/And the Courtesy Diner..."

Smith ended the night with "People Have the Power" and dedicated the song to her "late and great husband, Fred 'Sonic' Smith" of the MC5. She said that they ended up working on the song together after he walked up her one day at home and said, "Patricia, people have the power. Write it."

At some point during the show, my friend leaned into my ear and whispered this: "You know what's great about her? She's humble. And she doesn't have to be." Yes. Exactly. She doesn't have to be humble at all. But it sure is nice. Smith stayed after the show to autograph books and records.

Forty Years into Her Career, Patti Smith is Still Bewitching: Review and Setlist 5/5/13
Jaime Lees

Setlist:

- "Wing" - "My Blakean Year" - "Peaceable Kingdom" - "Pissing in a River" - "It's a Dream" (Neil Young cover) - "Because the Night" - "Ghost Dance" - "People Have the Power"

See also: - Ten Bands You Never Would Have Thought Used to Be Good - The Ten Biggest Concert Buzzkills: An Illustrated Guide - The 15 Most Ridiculous Band Promo Photos Ever - The Ten Worst Music Tattoos Ever

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Jaime Lees

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