Paris Got an Ample Dose of Patti Smith This Weekend


Patti Smith emerged unexpectedly at two shows in Paris over the weekend, performing with Thom Yorke and U2 at their respective concerts in the city.

First, Smith played a song with Thom Yorke on Saturday at “Pathway to Paris,” a benefit concert to environmental awareness alongside the UN Climate Change Conference, also held in Paris. Yorke and Smith were joined by Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and an assortment of guest speakers, such as Naomi Klein and Bill Mckibben.

Separately, Yorke played a song called “Silent Spring,” which Pitchfork suggested may be a new Radiohead tune.

Smith also joined U2 for a tribute to Paris during the band’s show in the city Sunday. They played a couple of Smith’s songs, “Gloria” and “People Have The Power.” U2 and Smith played the same pair of songs together at a U2 show in London back in October.

The AccorHotels Arena show featured a digital version of the French flag made from the names of the victims from last month’s terrorist attacks on the city.