Patti Smith delivers gorgeous cover of Neil Young's 'After the Gold Rush'
The iconic singer-songwriter was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday
This year will mark the 50th anniversary of Neil Young's 1970 album After the Gold Rush. Patti Smith, a songwriting legend in her own right who started making music a few years before that album came out, paid tribute to Young on Thursday's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon by performing a cover of the title track.
Smith, who was on the show to promote her latest book, Year of the Monkey, started her performance by reading a new poem that shined some hope on the current state of the world: "Yet I still keep thinking that/ something wonderful is about to happen/ maybe tomorrow/ a tomorrow following a whole succession of tomorrows."
Then, accompanied by musician Tony Shanahan, Smith kicks into a striking cover of "After the Gold Rush." To bring home the urgency of the current climate crisis, Smith alters the final line of the song, singing: "Look at Mother Nature on the run in the 21st century."