As I mentioned in a previous post, Patti Smith brought the crowd at the Miami Book Fair to its feet and to joyful tears when she sang “Because the Night” a capella on Friday evening. Here is a video of the stunning performance, including a hilarious bit of improv in the middle of the song that I’d forgotten about.
For good measure, here is a video of Patti singing the song like a demigod at the Grammy’s with the accompaniment of a full band. Sarah McLachlan is on piano, but, of course, that night also belonged to Patti Smith.
As Patti explained Friday night, Bruce Springsteen wrote “Because the Night” and gave it to her as a gift. Here’s the Boss reclaiming the song in concert.
Still here? Good luck getting this anthem out of your head anytime soon.