“Some folks are 70-years-old. So am I Motherfuckers!” Patti shouts defiantly to delirious fans at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall in one of her final shows of her eagerly-awaited Australian tour.
Reportedly, her sold-out eight nights here, including a finale at the Sydney Opera House, are the last time we will get to see the legend that gave us the critically-acclaimed album Horses and the hit single Because The Night, among many others.
Doctors have apparently said she shouldn’t travel so much because of respiratory issues, but there didn’t seem much wrong with her pipes on her first return Down Under for eight years.
Breathless fans, the young and young at heart, were unanimous in their praise on social media.
— Scary Dan (@scarydan) April 9, 2017
— Jude (@sister_ratched) April 9, 2017
— Lou Pollard (@LouPollard) April 9, 2017
Holy fuck the last three minutes of the Patti Smith concert tonight in Melbourne… Incredible
Posted by Paul Cashmere on Monday, April 17, 2017
The rock goddess returned the love too, donating $10,000 towards the post-flood recovery in northern NSW.
Patti performed at Bluesfest in Byron Bay, close to areas affected by the floods following Cyclone Debbie.
The musician chose to donate the sum to local charity Rise Above The Flood which is working to help those affected by the recent flooding.
— Linda Silmalis (@LindaSilmalis) April 9, 2017
“It doesn’t mean I won’t come back to Australia again,” Patti tells The Sydney Morning Herald when asked about future plans.
“It just means not with our whole big travelling [band] operation. I have to prioritise what I’ll be doing in my life. I’m writing. I have a family [a son, a daughter, a grandson].
“I want to come and perform while I’m still strong.”