Last Waltz? Patti Smith + Michael Stipe “Wichita Lineman” on NYE 2011/2012

On January 18, 2012 by Will Hermes

Jeez, I love this song.

Patti Smith has made a point of playing a string of New York City shows around New Year’s Eve ever since the mid-’70s. I wrote about a number of these shows in Love Goes To Buildings On Fire.

At a panel discussion around the book, Lenny Kaye said this would be the last year of the shows. “We’re getting old,” he shrugged.

So maybe the waltz between Patti and Michael that ends this great cover, performed on New Year’s Eve at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC, is a last of sorts. Either way, it’s incredibly touching.

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