174. Walk Like A Giant: Neil Young and Crazy Horse with Patti Smith, Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Saturday November 24, 2012, $73.11.
You can never be sure which iteration of “Neil Young” you’re going to get when you see him live — or which segments of his fanbase will predominate at a given show. This was my sixth time seeing Neil in four decades and most of those gigs have certainly been distinct from one another, with sometimes decidedly different patrons at the fore. Read the rest of this entry »
After 16 years of retirement and family life, Patti Smith marked her return to full-length live music performance with this Toronto show.
084. People Have the Power: Patti Smith with Carolyn Striho and the Detroit Energy Asylum, The Phoenix, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Wednesday July 5, 1995, $20.75.
“Life is an adventure of our own design intercepted by fate and a series of lucky and unlucky accidents.” Patti Smith from the 2008 film Dream of Life.
The ‘90s was such a black and white decade for me. I know as I ponder the specifics that I’m overgeneralizing, but I always remember it as a time wherein I had stretches when it seemed like my luck was truly blessed, everything falling seemingly effortlessly into place. Then there were those other stretches when it seemed as if the skies would not stop crapping all over me. Read the rest of this entry »