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Patti Smith battles flu to perform at Tibet benefit

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Patti Smith battled ill health to perform at New York's Carnegie Hall on Thursday alongside her daughter for the annual Tibet House U.S. benefit.

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Smith took to the stage at the renowned Big Apple venue for the event, which calls for an end to Chinese oppression in the country. She had arrived on a plane from Toronto hours before her performance and had picked up a nasty bout of influenza, but persevered with the show despite feeling unwell.

Her daughter, Jesse, who also performed, tells New York Gossip Column Page Six, "(She) got home from Toronto and got under the covers... and was just sneezing and coughing. We (thought), 'She's not going to be able to do this.' We were planning that she wouldn't come at all... then she showed up and went on and did such a good job, and nobody knew."

 The event's composer Philip Glass adds, "I was backstage with her, and she was out of it. I said, 'We don't have to rehearse it; we know the piece.' She's a real performer... at that moment she was able to do everything."

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Feb 24, 2013 12:32PM
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And this is how disease spreads. So stupid!
Feb 24, 2013 11:29AM
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There are two kinds of people in the world: Those whose taste (and music education) is limited to what the corporations tell them to like, and those of us who prefer to wander off the beaten path and dig a little deeper.  (Sorry for the mixing of metaphors there.)  Either one "gets" Patti Smith and the world she helped create and sustain, or one doesn't.  I long ago gave up trying to enlighten folks about the importance and value of that world: Either the music speaks to you or it doesn't, and that's pretty much the long and short of it.
Feb 24, 2013 9:55AM
Feb 24, 2013 9:48AM
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...I have always enjoyed Patti Smith’s music and applaud her style of living, but I will say she and Howard Stern look like each other.

Feb 24, 2013 9:25AM
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Philosopher, author, whatever, this woman is no entertainer and has no business being on stage.
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