Legendary singer-songwriter and activist Patti Smith premiered her concert film Horses: Patti Smith And Her Band on Monday night at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film captures Smith performing her breakthrough album, Horses, in its entirety live in Los Angeles. The movie premiered at New York’s Beacon Theatre, where Smith and her band played a short set to accompany the screening.
The musician and her band performed a handful of songs from her extensive catalog, including “Land / Gloria” from Horses and “Pissing In A River” from Radio Ethiopia, as well as a cover of “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield, per Rolling Stone. To close the set, Smith enlisted the help of a couple friends to join her onstage.
New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen was the first musician to answer the call. He joined Smith in singing the 1978 hit single “Because The Night,” a song that Smith and Springsteen co-wrote.
Smith then invited out R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe and his daughter Jesse Smith to close out the night with a rendition of Smith’s 1988 single “People Have The Power,” which the musician dedicated to the victims of the Parkland shooting.
Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band was directed by Steve Sebring and executive produced by Jimmy Iovine. It is now set to release via Apple Music on May 22. As previously mentioned, the film was shot live at L.A.’s Wiltern Theater during a special show that commemorated the 40th anniversary of Smith’s landmark album Horses. Special guests in the movie include guitarist Jackson Smith and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea.
Watch fan-made video of Smith’s performances below, followed by a video of Smith performing at the Capitol Theatre, N.J., in 1979 from the Paste Cloud. Then revisit the trailer for Horses: Patti Smith And Her Band right here.