Patti Smith will be the latest artist to bring a Detroit connection to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The singer, songwriter and punk rock pioneer was born in Chicago and raised in New Jersey, but she lived in the Detroit area from 1979-96 with her husband, former MC5 guitarist Fred Smith — who died of a heart attack in 1994 — and their two children.
Smith said Monday she thought particularly about Fred when she received the news of her induction. “Fred, at the end of his life, really was hoping that something like this would happen for me and counseled me when he was ill that if it did happen to be happy about it and feel good about it and not rebellious. So I’m certainly happy. I know that Fred is proud, too.”
Smith, who now resides in New York City, will be inducted March 12 in New York City along with Van Halen, R.E.M., the Ronettes and Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five. The show will be taped for broadcast later that week on VH1.
Smith, meanwhile, plans to be in Detroit on Monday to record a Stevie Wonder song with Eminem collaborator and former Was (Not Was) member Luis Resto for an all-covers album she’ll be releasing in March.