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.
Newstalgia Backstage Weekend with Mott The Hoople, recorded live at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on April 12, 1974 and broadcast by KMET in Los Angeles. Help keep Newstalgia from extinction - please donate what you can! Read more...