Patti Smith Will Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of ‘Horses’ with a Tour

Lindsay Hood

By Lindsay Hood

on 10.07.14 in News

Believe it or not, the iconic classic Horses will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year and Patti Smith is already preparing.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the rock star said that she plans to honor the benchmark with a tour in 2015, although there are no confirmed dates. She told the publication, “The exact date is November 10th, and I want to celebrate it in New York in a special way. We have things we’ll be doing in Paris and London, everywhere, because it’s a true milestone. I’m proud to have a milestone like that.”

She went on to explain that the album’s initial release date was supposed to be on October 20 to celebrate Arthur Rimbaud’s, a 19th century French poet, 121st birthday. However, Smith explained:

Something happened because of the gas shortage – they didn’t have enough vinyl – and it was postponed and I was really upset. Then [Arista Records founder] Clive Davis told me, “Really sorry, it’s going to be November 10th. There’s nothing we can do that.” And I just laughed and said, “Well, that’s the anniversary of Rimbaud’s death.” It was still magical.

Smith’s touring band still includes guitarist Lenny Kaye and drummer Jay Dee Daugherty, who both played on Horses, and bassist Tony Shanahan who joined the artist back in the ’90s.

In addition to the tour news, Smith also let it be known that she’s currently working on an album, where both her children, Jackson and Jesse, will be featured. She’s also finishing up another memoir, her follow-up to the National Book Award-winning Just Kids, that focuses on the later half of her life and her marriage to Fred “Sonic” Smith.

All of this sounds incredibly excellent and we’re looking forward to seeing much more of Patti in the near future.