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- Posted on Aug 4th 2007 10:15PM by Benjy Eisen
Before her show during Lollapalooza's Day Two, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Patti Smith expressed her excitement for playing in Chicago -- the city of her birth. Her excitement was so much that she suffered a minor flub during the conclusion of her show opener, 'Redondo Beach,' from the classic 1975 album, 'Horses.' By the second song, however, Smith settled into the commanding presence she's maintained for more than thirty years -- just in time for the downpour that ensued. But Punk Rock's Poet Laureate and her band were impervious to the elements, as were her diehard fans. "We have to find a way to appreciate it," Smith said.
Continuing a message of love expressed by Lollapalooza's other female stars -- M.I.A. and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O, among them -- and a recurring theme in Smith's career, the punk icon donned her signature white shirt, this one with a peace sign and "love" written just below. She mined her rich song vault, offering up 'Because the Night' and 'Gloria,' as well as newer fare, including a cover of Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit,' off her latest album, 'Twelve.' Something about Smith belting Nirvana in a Seattle-style rain returned a certain credibility to the original rock fest with its roots steeped in grunge. "We are the future!" Smith howled, as if on cue, for the set-closing 'Rock 'n' Roll N*****.'