June 6, 2001

The Patti Smith Group are playing a three night gig at the new Greenwich Village venue “Village Underground”. The sold out show I saw was fantastic! Full of passion and feeling, Patti Smith is a true legend. It’s great to see a world-class artist such as Patti in a small and intimate room. It felt like a show in a friends basement, and the crowd loved every minute. Club owner Steve Weitzman has been bringing some very good shows to the city and this one is no exception.

June 6 - Patti Smith Group plays at the Village Underground with an American flag background.

Tony Shanahan, Patti Smith & Lenny Kaye, NYC - 2001
June 6 - Patti Smith Group plays at the Village Underground with an American flag background.
June 6 – Patti Smith Group plays at the Village Underground with an American flag background.

(L-R) Tony Shanahan, Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye of the Patti Smith Group on stage at the Village Underground, NYC. June 6, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Lenny Kaye thanks Andi Ostrowe for singing a song with Patti.

Patti Smith Group, NYC - 2001
Lenny Kaye thanks Andi Ostrowe for singing a song with Patti.
Lenny Kaye thanks Andi Ostrowe for singing a song with Patti.

The Patti Smith Group and Andi Ostrowe on stage at the Village Underground, NYC. June 6, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Patti opens her arms to the crowd.

Patti opens her arms to the crowd.

Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye of the Patti Smith Group on stage at the Village Underground, NYC. June 6, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The audience is rapt as Patti reads from a poem by William Blake.

The audience is rapt as Patti reads from a poem by William Blake.

Patti Smith on stage at the Village Underground, NYC. June 6, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Lenny pays attention to her as Patti sings a rocker.

Lenny pays attention to her as Patti sings a rocker.

Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye of the Patti Smith Group on stage at the Village Underground, NYC. June 6, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Patti smiles as she plays guitar, in fact she smiled a lot at this show.

Patti smiles as she plays guitar, in fact she smiled a lot at this show.

Patti Smith on stage at the Village Underground, NYC. June 6, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The fans give a big round of applause.

The fans give a big round of applause.

Patti Smith on stage at the Village Underground, NYC. June 6, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Patti takes a bow.

Patti takes a bow.

Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye of the Patti Smith Group on stage at the Village Underground, NYC. June 6, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Guitarist Oliver Ray takes a solo.

Oliver Ray, Tony Shanahan & Jay Dee Daugherty, NYC - 2001
Guitarist Oliver Ray takes a solo.
Guitarist Oliver Ray takes a solo.

(L-R) Oliver Ray, Tony Shanahan and Jay Dee Daugherty of the Patti Smith Group on stage at the Village Underground, NYC. June 6, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

After the show, Lenny Kaye gives bass player Tony Shanahan a hug as Tony celebrates his birthday.

Lenny Kaye & Tony Shanahan, NYC - 2001
After the show, Lenny Kaye gives bass player Tony Shanahan a hug as Tony celebrates his birthday.
After the show, Lenny Kaye gives bass player Tony Shanahan a hug as Tony celebrates his birthday.

Lenny Kaye and Tony Shanahan of the Patti Smith Group backstage at the Village Underground, NYC. June 6, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

After the show, I stopped to have a bite to eat and by chance saw Lenny as he was headed home. My wife Elizabeth took a photo of us (someone in the place must have thought we were hippies because he held a peace sign in front of us).

Lenny Kaye & Bob Gruen, NYC - 2001
After the show, I stopped to have a bite to eat and by chance saw Lenny as he was headed home. My wife Elizabeth took a photo of us (someone in the place must have thought we were hippies because he held a peace sign in front of us).
After the show, I stopped to have a bite to eat and by chance saw Lenny as he was headed home. My wife Elizabeth took a photo of us (someone in the place must have thought we were hippies because he held a peace sign in front of us).

Lenny Kaye of the Patti Smith Group and Bob Gruen at a Japanese restaurant in NYC. June 6, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Lenny took this photo of me and Elizabeth as we enjoyed a bowl of Japanese udon.

Lenny took this photo of me and Elizabeth as we enjoyed a bowl of Japanese udon.

Bob Gruen and Elizabeth Gregory-Gruen at a Japanese restaurant in NYC. June 6, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com