PATTI Smith might be 65, but she appears determined to remain forever Young.
Not content with covering one Neil Young classic, After the Gold Rush, to good effect on her latest album, Banga, and another, Helpless, equally hauntingly on its predecessor, 2007’s Twelve, she’s hitting the road for a support slot on seven dates by the rock veteran in her native US and his native Canada in November and December.
Before then, though, she can be seen - without Young, sadly – here in the UK on a tour taking in Newcastle next month.
This is her third Tyneside date in recent years and anyone at the last two, both at the Sage Gateshead, will be sure not to miss it as she remains a feisty and dynamic stage presence four decades into her musical career.
On paper, the Chicago-born singer might be a one-hit wonder, having made the UK top ten just once, back in 1978 with her rearrangement of Bruce Springsteen’s Because the Night, but in reality, she’s anything but, having an almost-unending list of classics of her own to call on.
These include, to name but a handful, Dancing Barefoot, Frederick, Redondo Beach, Free Money and Ghost Dance, featured on classic albums including Easter, wave and radio Ethiopia.
Smith’s latest album, released earlier this summer, includes a good helping of material worthy of comparison with the best of her back catalogue, including This is the Girl, a tribute to the late Amy Winehouse, and April Fool.
Other highlights of Banga, her 11th studio album and her first set of original material, After the Gold Rush aside, since 2004’s Trampin’, include Amerigo and Nine.
Patti Smith can be seen at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Tuesday, September 4. For tickets, priced £25, go to www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk