Smith lead the Pyramid Stage crowd in a mass 'Happy Birthday' singalong for His Holiness
Patti Smith welcomed His Holiness The Dalai Lama onto the Pyramid Stage during her Glastonbury Festival set this afternoon (June 28). See footage below.
Addressing the crowd after her fifth song, ‘Pissing In A River’ – which she dedicated to “all our friends in Wikileaks”, Smith explained that it was the spiritual leader’s 80th birthday on July 6. “We are grateful to him for all his love of humanity and making people aware of the importance of saving the planet,” she said, before reading a poem she had written for him. Glastonbury’s Emily Eavis then bought The Dalai Lama onto the stage to huge cheers from the crowd. “I think it would be nice if Glastonbury wished The Dalai Lama a happy birthday,” said Smith, before leading the audience in a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’.
The Dalai Lama then blew out a single candle on a cake made of fruit, before cutting it. “Thank you, thank you,” he said. “Dear brothers and sisters, I really appreciate so many people’s expression of warm feeling.” He then went on to joke about the age of Smith and her band. “These singers and musicians have white hair, but they look very youthful! That gives me encouragement, I should be more like you – more active!”
As well as playing ‘People Have The Power’, ‘Land’/’Gloria’ and ‘Redondo Beach’, Patti Smith covered The Who’s ‘My Generation’ as the final song of her hour long set. During the song she accidentally tripped up and fell over. “Yeah, I fell on my fucking arse at Glastonbury,” she beamed. “That’s because I’m a fucking animal!”
“This is the most awesome and beautiful sight,” she said early on. “We’ve been on tour for a month and a half and this is the moment I’ve been dreaming of. I’m afraid I’m losing my voice, but I promise I’ll give you the last bit of voice that I have.”
At the end of her set, Smith threw rose petals in the air.
Patti Smith played:
‘Privilege (Set Me Free)’
‘Ain’t It Strange’
‘Beneath The Southern Cross’
‘Pissing In A River’
‘People Have The Power’