January 10, 2012 – 4:30 am

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New York 2011 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Bowery Ballroom, New York City, NY; December 31, 2011. Broadcast on satellite radio. Generally excellent soundboard stereo.

For the past 14 years, Patti Smith and her band had always ended the past year and greeted the new at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. On last New Year’s Eve, Smith announced from the stage that the concert was her last - at the Bowery Ballroom.

As Carene Lydia Lopez blogged:

Of course we got lot of stories. Before Space Monkey she told us about the monkey that was stolen from the zoo and the song was dedicated to Mr. Bananas. During Drifter’s Escape she forgot the lyrics and afterwards told us that she got lost thinking about how Robert Mapplethorpe had given her Dylan’s album and how she played it over and over and over. Before Don’t Say Nothing she read Ginsberg’s Footnote To Howl.

There was a cry for Redondo Beach and Patti explained that the set list had been carefully worked out. But then she joked about an ambulance being outside because the guy sounded like he was going to die if the request wasn’t met – and then a woman called out the song and Patti told her she would sing it to her in the woman’s bathroom. Instead she sang it for all of us. Pissing In A River was dedicated to Amy Winehouse. Around the World In 80 Days (yes from the movie) was dedicated to Elizabeth Taylor. At the last minute Patti added U2’s Until The End Of The World to the set because she loves the song (it was her contribution to a U2 cover project). There were songs about and dedicated to Detroit. And there was a lot of talk about Occupy Wall Street…

It was magic at midnight when we all toasted. And it was magic at the end as she blessed us all and told us we each have to the power within us. I didn’t take any photographs that night. I had the perfect view but attempting to capture any one moment would have been in vain. You can’t capture magic.

Thanks to ccrider895 who shared the tracks on the net.

Cover pictures by Christian Montone, posted on the net. Thanks!

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1 (80:24)
Track 101. Looking For You (I Was) 7:19 (11.7MB)
Track 102. 25th Floor 6:42 (10.7MB)
Track 103. Space Monkey 5:34 (8.9MB)
Track 104. Cash 7:20 (PA/Sirius feed buzz present from 6:32) (11.7MB)
Track 105. Drifter’s Escape 6:40 (Bob Dylan cover) (10.7MB)
Track 106. My Blakean Year 7:35 (12.1MB)
Track 107. Beneath The Southern Cross 9:00 (14.4MB)
Track 108. We Three 5:59 (9.5MB)
Track 109. Footnote To Howl/Don’t Say Nothing 13:46 (22.0MB)
Track 110. Redondo Beach 4:42 (7.5MB)
Track 111. Summer Cannibals 5:55 (9.4MB)

Disc 2 (79:26)
Track 201. Because The Night 4:32 (7.2MB)
Track 202. Pissing In A River 5:08 (8.2MB)
Track 203. Peaceable Kingdom 6:05 (9.7MB)
Track 204. People Have The Power 4:13 (6.7MB)
Track 205. NYE Countdown/Auld Lang Syne 2:45 (4.4MB)
Track 206. People Have The Power 3:31 (5.6MB)
Track 207. Garage Medley 5:52 (9.4MB)
Night Time (The Strangeloves cover)
(We Ain’t Got) Nothing Yet (The Blues Magoos cover)
Born To Lose (The Heartbreakers cover)
Pushin’ Too Hard (The Seeds cover)
Track 208. My Generation 4:40 (The Who cover) (7.5MB)
Track 209. Wichita Lineman, with Michael Stipe 6:58 (Glen Campbell cover) (11.1MB)
Track 210. Around The World 5:39 (Nat King Cole cover) (9.0MB)
Track 211. The Last Time 6:17 (10.0MB)
Track 212. Until The End Of The World 3:58 (U2 cover) (6.3MB)
Track 213. Not Fade Away 6:11 (9.9MB)
Track 214. Babelogue/Rock ‘n’ Roll Nigger 13:43 (21.9MB)

Patti Smith’s latest compilation is Outside Society. Get it here if you don’t have any of her recordings.

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  1. 11 Responses to “PATTI SMITH - NEW YORK 2011”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! i think, i got every patti-bowery ballroom show you’ve offered so i’ll get this one too. my favorite is the one where she plays bass clarinet. it’s free jazz. it might be 2007. i think, i got every patti smith show you’ve offered too, except for the final cbgb show. my favorites are still tipitina’s and stockholm 1976.


    By Ed Saad on Jan 10, 2012

  3. Patti’s one of the 25 coolest people ever. Every show’s an event, so thanks for this one. Rock on Patti, thanks for the love, spirit, determination, energy, angst, truth, purity, power, and everything else.

    By kingpossum on Jan 10, 2012

  4. Hi BigO,

    Could you please post the musicians who played at this show?

    Thank you.

    By The Incredible Falling Owl on Jan 10, 2012

  5. Thanks again for this great show…monster setlist.

    By kingpossum on Jan 11, 2012

  6. Thank you very much for Patti Smith @ new years eve! YES, it was a perfect start into 2012, but sadly it was her last NYE show @ Bowery Ballroom!
    Keep on rocking! Tom from Germany

    By Tom K. on Jan 11, 2012

  7. Rightuous, Patti! I dig Stipe’s “Wichita”. Is Patti playing on that?

    By Timmy on Jan 11, 2012

  8. WOW!..what a great way to start the day, Patti Smith live in NYC!..Another great job, many thanks once again for your efforts..All the Best from Florida Beega

    By Beega on Jan 12, 2012

  9. Great! Happy New Year Patti! Happy New Year BigO! Thank You!!!!

    By Josef (Czech republic) on Jan 12, 2012

  10. What can you say ? A REAL honest to Rock n’ Roll Spirt that has aged with wisdom and grace. Thank you for the show and We love you Patti and the band of Horse’s….

    By Trippytvc15 on Jan 12, 2012

  11. To The Incredible Falling Owl,

    Could not find any review of this show that listed the band but wikipedia states that current lineup includes Lenny Kaye – guitar, Jay Dee Daugherty – drums, Tony Shanahan – bass, keyboards and Jackson Smith – guitar.

    Michael Stipe guests on one song as well.

    Hope this helps


    By Admin on Jan 14, 2012

  12. This show is transcendent … Patti is truly an artist. She speaks with simple heartfelt spirit, relating her feelings with true worth. New Years Eve in NYC is probably one of the craziest scenes in the world for millions and Patti holds a few hundred in her palm and caresses them. This show is a keeper. May she rock on forever. Michael Stipe is also a treat on this.
    Peace for 2012, as she mentions “I am excited!”… a great set.

    By Woodstock on Jan 30, 2012

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