Review: PATTI SMITH Carling Academy, Liverpool.
Byline: By Paddy Shennan
PATTI Pat·ti , Adelina 1843-1919.
Spanish-born Italian opera singer who was the most celebrated coloratura soprano of the 19th century. Smith is a Scouser!
Well, not really - well, not at all - but her granny WAS born here, and the singer is so proud of the fact she gave us her life story in a song.
Jessie Pollard was born here in 1894 and spent the first 11 years of her life in the city before moving to America. And today, Smith will visit the streets where the young Jessie lived and played.
It was a night of surprises.
Later in her set, she told us about a recent day trip she made to Grasmere to see Dove Cottage Dove Cottage is a house on the edge of Grasmere in the Lake District. It is best known as the home of William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy Wordsworth from December 1799 to May 1808, where they spent over eight years of "plain living, but high thinking". which, somehow, sounded odd coming from the high priestess of punk.
Having also been dubbed an icon, a legend and the poet laureate and godmother of punk, the 60-year-old - whose 1975 album Horses inspired and influenced countless future artists on both sides of the pond - has quite a reputation to uphold.
I thought she dented it by including, on her recently-released album of cover versions, Twelve, a lame version of Tears For Fears' lame hit Everybody Wants To Rule The World, (thankfully overlooked here), but I think we can forgive her one aberration.
There were one or two low moments last night - not least during Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced?
which descended into a self-indulgent muso mess - when it seemed as if punk had never happened (or, at least, Smith was betraying the very philosophy she pioneered), but her initially hit-and-miss performance just got better and better.
A deliciously delicate cover of The Beatles' Within You Wit hout You and rousing renditions of the Stones' Gimme gim·me
Contraction of give me.
Demanding material things or especially money; acquisitive: today's gimme society; tired of gimme letters.
n. Shelter and her own Free Money helped get things back on track and by the time she delivered an electrifying version of her big 1978 hit Because The Night, she could do no wrong.
And there was still a glorious version of Gloria to come, and the highlight of Twelve - her subtle take on Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit.
By turns playful, powerful, girlish girl·ish
Characteristic of or befitting a girl: girlish charm.
girlish·ly adv. and grown-up grown-up
1. Of, characteristic of, or intended for adults: grown-up movies; a grown-up discussion.
2. , Smith belied her bus pass age throughout. The gran she never met was in her thoughts and her son, Jackson, was on stage sharing guitar duties with veteran Lenny Kaye . All was well in her world.
"Hey Liverpool! You f****** wipe me out!"
Hey, Patti - likewise.
RATING: 8/10 A family affair