Patti Smith (US)

July 21, 2014
Nordea Concert Hall

The first concert in the Baltics for legendary US singer, poet and “the Grandmother of Punk” Patti Smith.

„The non-musical highlight of the concert happened during the song “Banga”, when Smith was looking for a guest guitarist and she found one in actress Loore Martma. She took Smith’s electro-acoustic, joined the band with no effort and finished the song with her. As the evening rolled on, the songs got louder and hits like “Gloria”, “Rock’n’Roll Nigger” and “People Have the Power” tore the audience from their seats and got them dancing in between the rows. Smith’s ecstatic cries “You’re free!” only fueled the fire.” - Mari Peegel, Eesti Päevaleht

"Someone from Raadio 2 wanted me to play a song that I’ve written during the last week. But why not right now?” said Patti as she started to improvise. After that, the musician steered the conversation to one of her favourite subjects - freedom. “My band is in Estonia for the first time. We weren’t allowed here before,” she said, referencing the Soviet occupation era. "Now I’m going to write this song to you, Raadio 2”, she finished, accompanied by deafening applause. - Rutt Ernits, ERR