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The high priestess of punk still a powerhouse
nearly four decades down the road

Patti Smith
Vic Theatre
Chicago, IL
May 6, 2013
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Caption and Photos By Andy Argyrakis

She may not release records or tour all that often, but Patti Smith was far from rusty during a sold out stop at Chicago's Vic Theatre. The first of two shows supporting last year's "Banga" (Columbia) featured several new tunes spun in her urgently emotive tradition, alongside a slew of classics dating all the way back to 1975's seminal breakthrough "Horses." Though the singer/songwriter/activist may be 66-years-old these days, her delivery was so fierce and hypnotic that it may as well been CBGB at the start of the punk movement she so potently defined.

Patti Smith returns to Chicago's Vic Theatre on Tuesday, May 7. For additional details, visit

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