Home » Another fan joined in the celebration of Swift, expressing, “On December 13th, 1989, the most genius, inspiring, intelligent, hardworking, talented, humble, fearless, caring, and the strongest woman this world has ever seen was born. And the world was never the same”
Another fan joined in the celebration of Swift, expressing, “On December 13th, 1989, the most genius, inspiring, intelligent, hardworking, talented, humble, fearless, caring, and the strongest woman this world has ever seen was born. And the world was never the same”
The punk icon was hospitalized in Bologna and had to cancel shows on her Italian tour due to a “sudden illness.” Patti Smith has been released from a hospital in Italy and is reported to be “in good health,” as confirmed by the Local Health Authority of Bologna. On Tuesday, December 12, Smith was urgently admitted to Bologna’s Maggiore Hospital just before her scheduled performance at the city’s Duse Theatre that night. Subsequently, the venue announced the cancellation of the show.
In a press release translated from Italian, the theatre stated, “With great regret, we inform the kind audience that Patti Smith’s concert will not be able to go on stage due to a sudden illness that struck the artist.”
The following day, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, the Local Health Authority of Bologna issued a statement saying that Smith has been “discharged” after “a short period of observation in emergency,” asserting that she was in “good health conditions.” The medical team added that it hopes to see the ‘Because The Night’ singer return to the stage after “an appropriate period of rest.”
On the same day Smith was discharged, she took to Instagram to acknowledge the late Tom Verlaine’s birthday, making no references to her illness or hospitalization. Her latest post read, “This is Tom Verlaine’s birthday. If a birch tree was a somnambulant. If a bluebird was no more.”
Smith was in Bologna as part of an eight-date tour of Italy titled “A Tour Of Italian Days,” supporting the release of her new book, A Book Of Days, launched in November 2022. The book compiles over 365 photographs and documents Smith’s life “on and off the road” throughout the year.
Her last performance in Italy occurred on December 11 at Siena’s Duomo di Siena. The Los Angeles Times also reports the cancellation of Smith’s upcoming concert in Venice today (December 14) and a book-signing event in Milan tomorrow. Rescheduling for these appearances has not been announced.
Following the Italian tour, Smith will return to the United States for a date at The Salt Shed in Chicago before concluding the year with two shows at New York City’s Brooklyn Steel on December 29 and 30, the latter taking place on her birthday.
In September, she made a surprise appearance during The National’s Homecoming festival set, dueting with frontman Matt Berninger on the band’s ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ cut ‘I Need My Girl.’ In June, Smith participated in Greta Thunberg’s final school strike while on tour in Stockholm and was pictured with Thunberg’s group in a post she made to Instagram. “She graduates today, and we extend our gratitude and congratulations,” she wrote.
In March, she joined Graham Nash, Nancy Wilson, Bruce Hornsby, and more to perform at a Paul McCartney tribute concert in Carnegie Hall, covering The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ highlight, ‘She’s Leaving Home.’