August 9, 2010 – 3:58 am

Once upon a time, there was a flood in New Orleans and all the people had to cling to was a Bush.

Click on the panels for a better view or to download artwork.

Tipitina’s [no label, 2CD]

Live in New Orleans, LA, April 24, 2010. An excellent soundboard stereo recording.

“Come on people… FUCK THE GOVERNMENT!”

“Rise up and unite. Save your fuckin’ city and don’t let Donald Trump fuck it up.”

People have the power, of course. Patti Smith is a shadow of Jim Morrison. Where the latter would often fall over the edge, Smith manages to stay balanced. Considering how little the rest of the entertainment fraternity cares, that’s a serious blessing.

So what else is here? There’s a moment when Smith stops a song, My Blakean Year, to explain why she spits. That’s a hilarious moment. Or when Michael Stipe steps up to the mic explaining he has the lyrics of Wichita Lineman on his cell phone. What a hoot.

Lenny Kaye has his moment singing People Who Died, a tribute to the late Jim Carroll.

There is a sense of old-fashioned rock values here. Smith calls the audience to support a 19th century church, Wesley United, together with Stipe. Pamphlets are passed out. Remember the ’60s.

Smith has never sounded better. Age has mellowed and strengthen her voice. Her resolve remains intact. Fight the power.
- Professor Red

tapers notes: I got recognized on Thursday at the museum (Noma), but not contacted yet. She’s an old N.Y. connection. The last time I saw her was I don’t know how many years ago at jazz fest, she was with Willie Deville of all things, turns out the only time I met him… They were spectators, not performers. Ran into her out front of tips, said hi and I went inside. A few minutes later she asked ‘are you taping’, I said maybe, she asked ‘do you have a patch cord?’ I said maybe, and she said ‘maybe if you have a patch cord I could plug you into the soundboard’… so I  guess it’s a nyno connection now… from the old Palladium/ritz (downtown) days. I was going to tape anyhow… some old friends from N.Y. had plans for dinner that nite, and I said [email protected]#k food (which is not nice to do in New Orleans), I’m seeing Patti. The day the tix went on sale I got mine. Hadn’t seen her in a few years, hasn’t been out my way, so there I was… enjoy that’s my story and I’m sticking to it… - royboy.

Lineage: Edirol R-09 w/ patch to soundboard > Sony RCD W500C > Dell Inspiron 1501 > CD-R > EAC > wav file > Audacity (split tracks) > Traders Little Helper > FLAC [level 8]

Recorded by royboy and shared on DIME by iimij. Artwork by iimij. THANKS A LOT GUYS.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Introduction/Be My Baby (7.0MB)
Track 102. Redondo Beach (7.6MB)
Track 103. Free Money (9.3MB)
Track 104. Grateful (7.3MB)
Track 105. Ghost Dance (8.5MB)
Track 106. Beneath The Southern Cross (14.9MB)
Track 107. Pushin’ Too Hard (7.8MB)
Track 108. We Three (9.2MB)
Track 109. Dancin’ Barefoot (8.3MB)
Track 110. Ain’t It Strange (11.7MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Black Leaves (7.7MB)
Track 202. My Blakean Year (10.5MB)
Track 203. Pissing In A River (7.7MB)
Track 204. People Who Died (10.0MB)
Track 205. Wichita Lineman (w R.E.M.) (5.7MB)
Track 206. People Have The Power (16.2MB)
Track 207. Perfect Day (6.8MB)
Track 208. Because The Night (8.3MB)
Track 209. Gloria (12.3MB)

The Patti Smith Band with R.E.M. (here and there).

Probable lineup for PS Band
Patti Smith - vocals
Lenny Kaye - guitar
Jay Dee Daugherty - drums
Tony Shanahan - bass, keyboards
Jackson Smith - guitar

Pick up Patti Smith’s first album, Horses, a classic of New York punk album in the ’70s. Click on the link to order the album.

  1. 9 Responses to “DOWN IN LOUISIANA”

  2. Great show never enough patti

    By deathdisco on Aug 9, 2010

  3. hey bigo, thanks! this is pretty good. it’s good quality too. according to wikipedia and cdnow, it’s dancing barefoot. as far as i can tell, the rest of the tracks are correct.


    By Ed Saad on Aug 9, 2010

  4. Thanks for another great show. Just finished listening to it - great sound

    By Rob on Aug 9, 2010

  5. holy holy holy

    By g on Aug 9, 2010

  6. Amazing show, and amazing recording. Patti’s all heart, and it all pours out here. Thanks so much.

    By rick on Aug 10, 2010

  7. excellent recording great show her banter is worth the trip and her dental health warning is one of the best public health alerts ive ever heard from a rock person like Professor Red says There is a sense of old-fashioned rock values here and its shows through in the music love your ears save your teeth get it now thanks bigo

    By david franklin on Aug 11, 2010

  8. Saw her last year. A true performer, who takes her shows seriously. AND rocks her ass off. Thanx for this.

    By Timmy on Aug 13, 2010

  9. Thank you so much for this. As others have said -great show and wonderful sound.

    I saw her twice back in the 70s and three times in the past decade. I sometimes think it’s a mistake to go and see people you loved years ago but with Patti you know that’s never a problem. Always great to see and hear her.

    By Colin on Aug 16, 2010

  10. she couldn’t bring herself to say where “women love each other?”

    By lee on Dec 12, 2014

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