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Rock Legend Takes Pier Stage This Week

By Lookout Staff

July 26 -- Rock legend Patti Smith will play what promises to be one of the highlight shows in the Twilight Dance Series’ 23 years at the Santa Monica Pier Thursday night.

Although Smith has had limited commercial success, she is considered one of the most influential artists in rock history: Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, Smith was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine at number 47 in its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

A poet, artist, writer and musician Smith has long been heralded as the pioneer of punk since her debut album “Horses” was released in 1979. The landmark album is widely regarded as having laid the foundation for the movement.

Produced by John Cale of the Velvet Underground, the album fused rock, and “proto-punk” with the spoken word and kicked off with a cover of Van Morrison's "Gloria."

Smith’s opening words -- "Jesus died for somebody's sins ... but not mine." -- became one of the most famous rallying cries in rock, and the cover photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe is one of pop music’s best-known images.

Known for mingling the traditional and new in her music and being a vocal political activist, Smith has released ten studio and three live albums.

Her band is considered one of the great rock bands of our time, with Lenny Kaye on guitar; Tony Shanahan, bass and keyboards, and Jay Dee Daugherty, drums and percussion. Her new album, “Twelve,” is a collection of Smith’s favorite songs and traces the history of rock and pop music.

Urged her friends Michael Stipe of R.E.M. and poet Allen Ginsberg, Smith began touring again after the deaths of her husband and brother, appearing with Bob Dylan in 1995.

An active supporter of Ralph Nader's 2000 presidential campaign, she toured with the candidate in late 2004 and early 2005 to hold rallies to end the war in Iraq war and impeach President Bush.

The Santa Monica Pier is located at the intersection of Colorado Avenue and Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. The Pier strongly recommends walking, biking and using mass transit to get to the concerts as parking near the Pier is limited. The concerts will offer free valet bike parking to our patrons at the western entrance to the shows.

For those who insist on driving, parking is available in beach parking lots located at 2030 Barnard Way and 1550 PCH, both accessible off Ocean Avenue south of the Pier. The 2030 lot is a short walk up the beach path from the Pier.

For bus information, please visit www.bigbluebus.com and www.MTA.net or call 310-451-5444.

For more information about the concerts, visit www.twilightdance.org or call the Pier information line at 310-458-8900.







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