Patti Smith recently released her first-ever concert video, Live at Montreux 2005. The flick, which captures the influential singer/songwriter/poet and her backing group at the famed Swiss festival during a European tour in support of her then-recent Trampin’ album, is available for purchase as a DVD, Blu-ray and digital download. Also accompanying Smith at the show was lauded guitarist Tom Verlaine from the pioneering punk-era band Television.
Live at Montreux features Smith and company performing a 12-song set that includes early gems like “Redondo Beach” and “Ain’t It Strange” and classics such as “Because the Night,” “Dancing Barefoot” and “People Have the Power.” The group also tackles a cover of Bob Dylan‘s “Like a Rolling Stone.”
Speaking recently with ABC News Radio, Smith’s longtime guitarist Lenny Kaye says that the concert film “captures us at a nice moment in time.” The veteran musician also notes that being invited to Montreux is always “quite an honor and quite [an] achievement…given its storied past,” as well as given the list of famed jazz and rock artists who have graced its stage over the years.
Smith and her group are known for experimenting with free-form segments in their concerts, which, Kaye suggests, made them feel in their element in Montreux. As he tells ABC News radio, “It’s a festival that emphasizes artistry and creativity.”
Lenny says of Live at Montreux, “I really think that this captures all that we are as a band [and] all who Patti is as a very many-faceted artist and performer.” He adds, “When I looked at it, in the hindsight of seven years, I thought, ‘Yeah, I’m really glad that this is part of history.’”
Kaye shares that among his favorite aspects of the video is the guitar work of Verlaine. “Tom is one of the most inventive and somewhat underrecognized guitar players that are out there,” Lenny maintains, “and I’m very glad that this DVD provides a showcase for his considerable talents.”
Smith closed out 2012 with a series of shows opening for Neil Young & Crazy Horse. She and her band return to the road next week, when they kick off a brief Japanese tour on January 22 in Sendai.
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