Patti Smith and Her Band

March 8
6:30 p.m.
Classic Rock, Rock, Singer-Songwriter

For her first Twin Cities performance since 2013, the endlessly influential Patti Smith, who turned 70 in December, will perform her 1975 debut, Horses, in full. From its legendary first line, “Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine,” on forward, that album established Smith as not just an exceptional rock lyricist but perhaps popular music’s finest poet since Dylan. Following that wild and fearless LP, Smith’s writing became more direct, most notably with the 1978 Springsteen co-write “Because the Night.” Smith has remained vital and relevant in recent years with her latest studio album, 2012’s Banga, and her National Book Award-winning memoir, Just Kids. But Horses is still her most stunning achievement, the first full-length indication that she possessed the artistic vision to revolutionize rock music in the ’70s and beyond.