With Patti Smith’s iconic debut album Horses turning 40 years old this year, people across the world have been commemorating the release in various ways. Boston dedicated a whole day to the punk rock poet, and Michael Stipe even came out for a rare live performance. Down in Melbourne, Australia, four prominent rock musicians got together last month for a special tribute concert where they performed Horses in its entirety.
In addition to Jen Cloher, Magic Dirt’s Adalita, and The Drones’ Gareth Liddiard, Australia’s latest major export Courtney Barnett was on hand to take part in the special event. Each artist was given two of the album’s eight tracks, a fair split. Though she didn’t get to show off any of her ripping guitar skills, Barnett’s semi-droll vocal delivery and wild yelping were perfect compliments for her takes on “Redondo Beach” and “Break it Up”.
Milk! Records has brought online video of the entire concert, so even if you were on the other side of the world, you can now relive the experience for yourself. Watch “Redondo Beach” below, followed by video of the entire 50-minute concert (“Break it Up” starts around the 32:59 mark).
Patt Smith’s Horses at Melbourne Festival: