REM and Patti Smith reunite!
REM guitarist Peter Buck joined Patti Smith onstage in Seattle at the weekend.
The union came at Smith’s sold-out performance at the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle (November 11), owned by Buck’s wife.
After an acoustic set by Smith and her guitarist Lenny Kaye, Buck, along with other members of his Minus 5 collective Bill Rieflin, John Ramberg and Scott McCaughey, came on for an eight-song set of Patti classics and a few covers, including Bob Dylan’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ and garage rock classic ‘Pushin’ Too Hard’ by The Seeds.
For the encore The Minus 5 came back on for a version of Smith’s ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Nigger’ to close the evening’s proceedings.
Smith has long been a pal of REM – she guested on the band’s 1996 Top Five UK hit ‘E-Bow The Letter’, and joined the band in London’s Hyde Park for a version of the song this summer.