Patti Smith & Ensemble to Perform at New York's Fabled Roseland Ballroom With Legendary Rock Band Television

Historic Concert Scheduled For Saturday, October 2


Patti Smith and her Band will share the bill at New York's fabled Roseland Ballroom with the legendary band Television, led by Tom Verlaine, on Saturday, October 2.

Patti Smith's association with Television harks back to the formative years of New York punk-rock when Television frontman Tom Verlaine persuaded CBGB's, a then-obscure bar located on the Bowery, to begin booking some of the city's emerging experimental new wave and punk bands. Verlaine played lead guitar on "Hey Joe," the a-side of Patti Smith's independent single, recorded on June 5, 1974. This is their first appearance together in New York City since 1977.

October 2nd marks the 135th anniversary of the birth of pacifist visionary Mahatma Gandhi, who is honored in song on "Gandhi," one of the centerpiece tracks on the latest Patti Smith album, trampin'.

trampin', Patti Smith's ninth album, and first for Columbia Records, was released on April 27, 2004, to unanimous critical raves. David Fricke, writing in Rolling Stone (May 27, 2004), hailed the album as " .... a magnificent state-of-the-nation address, veering from frank reflection to outright fight with the force and hallelujah of her classic 1975 debut, Horses." Billboard (May 8, 2004) concurred, calling trampin' " ... her best work since her groundbreaking early Arista albums ....a perfect mix of ballads and rockers ....destined for many year-end top-10 lists." Vanity Fair (May 2004) observed that "Patti Smith's voice is stronger than ever on trampin' ...." while Entertainment Weekly (April 30, 2004) praised her " ... elemental yet beguiling melodies and a gift for poetic imagery that is unrivaled even now, almost 30 years after her first record."

A website,, has been launched by Columbia Records. The site features extensive background material on each of the tracks on trampin', including lyrics, notes, handwritten manuscripts, photographs and practice tapes. Updated frequently by Smith herself, the site presents exclusive, otherwise unavailable live recordings as well as political commentary. A souvenance section eulogizes people of all walks of life, on the anniversary of their birth or death.

SOURCE: Columbia Records

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