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Patti Smith at the Roxy: Pushin Too Hard

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Last night Patti Smith put the rock in the Roxy. Then she tore it back out, spit on it, stomped on it a bunch of times, punched it in the face and put it back.

Patti was in her element last night, backed up by a band comprised of family and long-time friends. Supported by one of her earliest collaborators, guitarist and legendary rock journalist Lenny Kaye, Patti Smith had heart and soul to spare. Jay Lee Daugherty is the original Patti Smith Group's drummer, and the bass player, Tony Shanahan, has been with her since her 1995 comeback tour, "Gone Back".

It's the first time I have seen her perform with a keyboard player since the death of her close friend and collaborator Richard Sohl. Andy Paley, who substituted for Sohl on tour once during the 70s, is touring again with the band playing keyboards. Except for when Tony Shanahan played keyboards. When Shanahan was on keyboards, Patti's own son, Jackson Smith, took over bass playing duties. Oh, and sometimes Jay Dee Daugherty comes out from behind the drums to play acoustic guitar. But only because he didn't have his accordian. Are you still with me? I should have bought the Cliff's Notes.