Patti Smith provided us with one of our favorite late night TV show moments this year when she stopped by The Tonight Show (on September 12) to promote an upcoming performance at a tribute concert in New York City in honor of her late husband MC5’s Fred “Sonic” Smith.  In honor of her birthday today (December 30), we’re reliving that magical moment. 


She performed a stripped down, moving rendition of “People Have The Power” off her 1988 album Dream of Life and was joined by her son, Jackson, on guitar and daughter, Jesse, on the keyboard.

In case this performance couldn’t get any cooler, The Roots’ Questlove joined in on drums.



  Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

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