Patti Smith to perform ‘Horses’ in Royal Oak

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Friday is punk icon Patti Smith’s 70th birthday, but it’s her fans that are getting the gift.

Promoters announced this week that Smith will perform at the Royal Oak Music Theatre March 11. Tickets, $45-$75, will go on sale at noon Friday (pre-sale begins noon Wednesday for those eligible).

According to the venue, the concert will pay homage to her debut album “Horses,” released in 1975. She’ll perform the seminal punk album in its entirety. Back in the ’70s she performed under the name the Patti Smith Group and the March 11 concert will feature two members of that line-up: Lenny Kayne and Jay Dee Daugherty. Longtime band member Tony Shanahan is also on board.

Smith recently made international news for performing Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” in Stokholm, Sweden earlier this month as part of the 2016 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony. Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, but opted not to attend and receive the honor.

Smith is a Chicago native but married the late Fred “Sonic” Smith of the Detroit band MC5 and and spent much of the 1980s with him in St. Clair Shores raising their two children.

Smith, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, last appeared on stage in the area in fall of 2015 when she did a reading from her book “M Train” at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. She also performed two shows in Detroit in 2013 at Sindbad’s Restaurant and Marina and the Majestic Theatre.

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