The atmosphere was electric last night in New York’s Beacon Theater, for the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Steven Sebring’s documentary Horses: Patti Smith and the Band which was filmed at the Patti Smith Band’s final performance on their Horses fortieth anniversary tour in LA.
The film, a behind the scenes look at the seventy-one year old poet, author and rock icon’s last tour, screened to rapturous applause and much audience participation and fans sang, danced and shouted words of encouragement at the screen.
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When the film ended, the screen rose to reveal Smith and her band, consisting of Lenny Kaye, Tony Shanahan, Smith’s son Jackson Smith, and Jay Dee Daugherty, singing her classic hit Dancing Barefoot.
Between songs, Smith saluted the Parkland five, saying “We have to be with them. Pray with them, march with them. Their cause is our cause. Their cause is our future,” and later welcomed none other than Bruce Springsteen to the stage for anthems Because the Night and People Have the Power. Her daughter Jesse Paris Smith joined the band on piano, while REM’s Michael Stipe appeared on stage, and proceeded to do a strange little dance for the remainder of the performance.
Michael Stipe doing a great little dance at the premiere of Horses: Patti Smith and the Band pic.twitter.com/AyE8b89XCR
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In September of last year, Smith launched the Brooklyn Book Festival at St Anne’s Church, and her own newest publication Devotion with a signing at Barnes and Noble Union Square, as well as performing a memorial concert for her late husband Fred Sonic Smith in Central Park.
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