Jump Patti jump!

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Upcoming Patti Smith concert dates made me curious if Patti Smith would enjoy jumping from the highest building in New Zealand. Why? Let’s look first at the mentioned dates:

30.11.2019 Carpi, Italy

05.12.2019 Pavia, Italy

09.04.2020 Tyagarah, New South Wales, Australia

15.04.2020 Newtown, New South Wales, Australia

16.04.2020 Newtown, New South Wales, Australia

21.04.2020 Melbourne, Australia

22.04.2020 Melbourne, Australia

25.04.2020 Christchurch, New Zealand

27.04.2020 Auckland, New Zealand

28.04.2020 Auckland, New Zealand

10.06.2020 Hamburg, Germany

read about Hamburg: https://musictivity.org/2019/08/13/jessy-martens/

12.06.2020 Berlin, Germany

read about Berlin: https://musictivity.org/2019/11/24/berlin/

13.06.2020 Dresden, Germany

16.06.2020 Frankfurt, Germany

19.07.2020 Munich, Germany

23.07.2020 Vienna, Austria

read about Vienna: https://musictivity.org/2019/08/17/rage-wings-of/

24.07.2020 Linz, Austria

Visiting such different places all around the world is a luxurious opportunity for musicians to explore and increase their creativity.



But what exactly makes New Zealand special? Patti Smith will sing twice in Auckland (don’t miss with NZ capital Wellington) and Sky Tower is located exactly in the center of this large city – a unique, 328 meters high object (while Eiffel Tower in Paris is only 320 meters) offering the ultimate test of faith. This is the highest building in the whole of New Zealand. It is possible to sky jump from its 192 meters wire construction with a dizzying speed of 85 km/h!

Official website of Sky Tower in Auckland: https://skyjump.co.nz/

source: Jonny Rush https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmCmzT3PqeA

Patti Smith (Punk Poet Queen), Jackson Smith (guitar), Lenny Kaye (guitar), Tony Shanahan (bass guitar, keyboards) and Jay Dee Daugherty (drums):

and if there’s one thing
could do for you
you’d be a wing
in heaven blue

Patti Smith “Wing”


There is nothing like an escape from home with a plan to become a star. You can finish like Tommy Wiseau from “The Disaster Artist” or like Patti Smith performing in Italy this autumn 2019. Or like me, an author of the worst music blog ever (but I’m free and it is beautiful; it is beautiful).

Some people over there may claim that Patti Smith worked really hard all her life for her image. Her legend isn’t something created by social media. She really slept in parks and really resisted drinking coffee in an office from nine to five each business day. I need to ask Patti in person about that, but I guess that talking about her as a hard worker would really deserve calling a whole website a ton of bullshit. Her image reflects her genuine nature.

We appreciate Patti Smith because she is the most influential lady in rock music ever. Period.


She did exactly what was supposed to be done: wrote brilliant lyrics and sang on eleven excellent studio albums. Our role might be to listen to her longplays and to attend her concerts, but only if we wish that.

Patti Smith performed in June 2019 on Solstice Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland, and didn’t take any coin for her concert. Solstice Festival doesn’t pay bands but she sang anyway. Now you need to answer this important question: do you like to listen to her longplays and attend her concerts or not? If not, I have nothing else to say. If yes, please focus.


“Horses” (1975). Evergreen, art rock, poetic, the most influential album in Patti Smith’s collection. Each song is the best. “Gloria” is the most popular.

“Radio Ethiopia” (1976). More expression, more freedom, more screaming, more energy, more… is it possible to make it all even MORE than on “Heroes”? Patti Smith can. Solid music from beginning to the end, although I think that title track together with “Abyssinia” perfectly highlight the whole album.

“Easter” (1978). Patti Smith explores her potential to sing melodic and more subtle songs. It’s catchy and positive. Explosion of happiness. Fantastic and timeless songs. “Rock’N’Roll Nigger” is an exceptional strong act of rebellion, but it doesn’t change the general nature of “Easter”. My favorite songs are “Privilege (Set Me Free)” and “We Tree”, but the most catchy is “Because The Night”.

“Wave” (1979). Continuation of “Easter”, includes everything that was the best in the early period of Patti Smith. “Dancing Barefoot” rocks, “Seven Ways Of Going” is more experimental.

“Dream Of Life” (1988). Calmer album. Patti Smith came back after she took a break to raise her child and started with declaration that “People have the power.” This song is perfect for making interaction with public during concerts.

“Gone Again” (1996). Painful, grim, sad record. Patti Smith lost her husband, rock genre lost Kurt Cobain (song “About A Boy”). “Wing” effectively silences public on the beginning of each concert in 2019 by introducing an out of this world atmosphere. Overall intriguing set of moods because even if Patti Smith was nostalgic, she was also able to take some distance from mundane worries with funny “Summer Cannibals”.

“Peace And Noise” (1997). Oh well, death obsession?

“Gung Ho” (2000). Patti Smith as a mature and balanced artist. Great songs, remarkable melodies, accomplished vocal. Some underrated songs like “Upright Come”, “Gone Pie”, “Gung Ho”. Touching “Strange Massanger” is about working conditions of too many innocent people in the XXI century. Washing blood in a slaughterhouse after graduation from University? “Strange Massanger”!

“Trampin!” (2004). More dynamic, “come on people you know what to do” style. I saw even an opinion that Patti Smith came back to “Horses” era, or that it is actually her best album since “Horses”. Well, there are some similar elements and somebody can enjoy both “Trampin!” and “Horses”, but Patti Smith is significantly more mature in the XXI century. She definitely wouldn’t sing “Cash” like that thirty years before.

“Twelve” (2007). Covers. Cool.

“Banga” (2012). Perfect rock album with rich musical structure. Patti Smith recites poems and sings great like never before. Relaxing “April Fool” correspondents well with epic “Constantine’s Dream”. Many lyrics are inspired by wild nature. Patti Smith used Roman stoicism in “Seneca” as a metaphor of her new personal approach to crazy a world behind a window.

That’s my opinion about Patti Smith’s albums. Please let me know if you see them differently.

Hey people from New Zealand! How are you? Kind regards to you from Iceland! Come on, let’s jump with Patti!

author: Sam O’Black