Art Gallery of Ontario Patti Smith knows how to commune with the dead. She…
- Posted on Nov 15th 2010 1:00PM by Mike Ayers
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"My work on the book sidestepped the album for awhile, but Columbia [Records] has been patient," Smith tells Spinner. "I recorded it with my band and my daughter [Jesse] played piano on it. [Television's] Tom Verlaine played some guitar on it."
For Smith, this album will be her first set of new material since 2004's 'Trampin,' though 2007 did see the release of 'Twelve,' a set of classic and contemporary cover songs.
The new batch of material does have a title, but Smith's mum on that. "It's a secret," she says. "I'm old fashioned. Everyone says people don't do that anymore, but for me, that's still part of the excitement: to keep some things secret and wait for when it's time."
This past weekend, Smith appeared at the annual John Lennon Tribute in New York City, where she sang 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and 'Oh Yoko!' Starting Dec. 29, she'll ring in the New Year with three consecutive sold-out shows at New York's Bowery Ballroom, which has become an annual Patti Smith Band tradition over the years.