Sunday, 28 June 2015

Patti Smith & Dalai Lama at Glastonbury Festival, June 28 June 2015

 The 70s New York punk explosion or, if you like, the female Lou Reed.  

Patti Smith welcomed His Holiness The Dalai Lama onto the Pyramid Stage during her Glastonbury Festival.
Smith paid tribute to the spiritual leader ahead of his 80th birthday, and read ‘a little birthday poem’ in his honour.
Addressing the crowd after her fifth song, 'Pissing In A River' - which she dedicated to "all our friends in Wikileaks", Smith explained that it was the spiritual leader's 80th birthday on July 6. "We are grateful to him for all his love of humanity and making people aware of the importance of saving the planet," she said, before reading a poem she had written for him. Glastonbury's Emily Eavis then bought The Dalai Lama onto the stage to huge cheers from the crowd. "I think it would be nice if Glastonbury wished The Dalai Lama a happy birthday," said Smith, before leading the audience in a rousing rendition of 'Happy Birthday'.

As he walked off stage, the sun came out for the first time today, and the band launched into People Have the Power, at the end of which Smith proclaimed: “Use your voice!”
“My generation had dreams and we’re still dreaming! We’re gonna change the fucking world!”
Also, Smith played Gloria' and 'Redondo Beach', Patti Smith covered The Who's 'My Generation' as the final song of her hour long set. During the song she accidentally tripped up and fell over. "Yeah, I fell on my fucking arse at Glastonbury," she beamed. "That's because I'm a fucking animal!"

His holiness then talked about compassion, self-confidence and the importance of friendship, before giving Smith a big hug.

    “Come on, come and love me” 

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