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Patti Smith has announced plans to commemorate the 40th anniversary of her most iconic album, Horses, with a full word tour during which she’ll perform the LP in full.
Though no dates have been officially announced, Smith told Rolling Stone, “The exact date is November 10th, and I want to celebrate it in New York in a special way. We have things we’ll be doing in Paris and London, everywhere, because it’s a true milestone. I’m proud to have a milestone like that.”
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Smith had originally planned to release Horses on October 20th, 1975, on what would have been the 121st birthday of beloved French poet Arthur Rimbaud. However, due to vinyl shortages and other logistical obstacles, the LP was was pushed back to November 10th. Coincidentally, the new release date still honored Smith’s favorite poet, as “that’s the anniversary of Rimbaud’s death. It was still magical.”
At 67 years old, the iconic punk singer is still touring, most recently making a memorable appearance at this year’s Riot Fest. Smith said she feels quite strongly about the live capability of her latest band, which includes several longtime associates in Lenny Kaye, Tony Shanahan, and Jay Dee Daugherty. “I think we continue to deliver all of these songs sometimes stronger than when I was young.” She added, “So I’m going to be happy to celebrate it, to perform the album with happiness, not with any kind of cynicism or a cashing-in thing. It will be a true, proud celebration.”
Additionally, Smith plans to begin work on the follow-up to 2012’s Banga. She and her children Jackson and Jesse will hit the studio later this winter, with no firm date set for what’s to become her 12th studio album.
Below, revisit the Horses highlight “Gloria”.