On her last album, Banga, Patti Smith had a song about St Francis.

THE PATTI SMITH GROUP
Rome 2013 [no label, 2CD]
Live at Sala Santa Cecilia, Auditorium del Parco della Musica, Roma, Italy;  April 14, 2013 on a Sunday night. Broadcast on Live and Direct by “Radio2 Live”, RAI. Ex FM stereo.

Let’s get this out of the way. Patti Smith is not Roman Catholic but she has a great sense of history and context. Her songs display that sensibility. Her concerts are always timely with songs that evoke the past by linking to the present. Whether it is a dedication to one of her rock heroes, remembering a birthday of a jazz giant or a call to arms for people power, Smith confesses she has “a relic sensibility”. A sense of time and place. Of events.

So on a recent Roman night, she sang one of her recent compositions, Constantine’s Dream.

Constantine dreamt a cross that vanquished his enemies. In its infancy, rock ‘n’ roll was a song of defiance against an old system. It remains a dream that Smith valiantly conjures with every performance, that people have the power to change the world.

Shared by survivor69 at Dime. Thanks for capturing such a stunning show. A word of warning, the DJ banter runs throughout this concert but the show is too important to skip.

Disc 1
Track 101. Radio introduction [1.13]
Track 102. Gloria
Track 103. Redondo Beach
Track 104. Birdland
Track 105. Free Money
Track 106. Kimberly
Track 107. Break It Up
Track 108. announcements by Patti
Track 109. Land/Gloria
Track 110. radio banters and announcements [1.27]
Track 111. Elegie

Disc 2
Track 201. interval and radio commentaries [7.02]
Track 202. Dancing Barefoot
Track 203. band’s intros
Track 204. Constantine’s Dream
Track 205. April Fool (new song?)
Track 206. dedication to the Poets
Track 207. Beneath the Southern Cross
Track 208. Because the Night
Track 209. encore break and radio banters [2.10]
Track 210. Banga
Track 211. People Have the Power
Track 212. Rock ‘n’ Roll Nigger
Track 213. radio outro [0.48]
TT: 119m 23secs

Lineup:
Patti Smith – voice, guitar
Lanny Kaye – guitar
Jackson Smith – guitar
Jesse Smith – piano, keyboards
Tony Shanahan – bass, piano
Jay Dee Daugherty – drums
(guitarist Jack Petruzzelli was also allegedly part of this line-up, but he’s not mentioned by Patti during band’s intros, Track 203)

Click here for the tracks.