Rock babe and all-round great human being Patti Smith is going on Tour to commemorate 40 years since the release of her debut album Horses.
Inspired by the Breeders 2013 The Last Splash album tour, Patti will hit a series of cities worldwide and perform Horses in its entirety over the next 12 months. Although she hasn't confirmed exact dates, she has made it clear it will be an international affair, with shows in Paris, London and loads of other cool places. The announcement coincides with the news that Patti is in talks to return to the studio with her children, Jackson and Jesse, to record some new material following 2012's Banga.
Patti is no stranger to the tour circuit, and at 67 she still frequently performs, making her better than me or you could ever hope to be. Patti regained public attention following the release of her autobiography, Just Kids, in which she details the difficult and intense relationship she had with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and her rise to fame after moving to New York City. A lot of these struggles were depicted in her debut album, and as a result she feels she can perform the songs stronger now than she could originally. '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.'
The 40 year anniversary takes place on the 10th of November, but Patti has revealed Horses was released a month earlier than she intended. In 1975, vinyl shortages meant her destined date was not to be, which crushed Smith as she wanted to release it on what would've been the poet Arthur Rimbaud's 121st birthday. She refers to the tribute towards him as 'magical'.