It occurred to me that, in all the time I've had Newstalgia and featured the Backstage Weekend, I haven't put up any Patti Smith either in the studio or in concert. There's an incredible amount to choose from - and all of it one form of milestone or another. But this tape jumped out at me, so I thought starting as close to the early days as possible was probably a good idea.
So this weekend's concert comes from The Cellar Door in Washington D.C. and was recorded in January 1976. The setting seems intimate and the audience doesn't sound overflowing - that would change shortly.
So as a reminder of just what all the excitement was about, here is that set from the Cellar Door.