CHELSEA — Singer-songwriter Patti Smith has responded to widespread criticism from Hotel Chelsea tenants who say an upcoming concert at the landmark building's ballroom proves that she's sold out to its controversial landlords.
"I am an independent person, not owned or directed by anyone," wrote Smith in a statement.
"My allegiance is to the Hotel itself, and I have done nothing to tarnish it. It is very difficult to embrace change, but my great hope is to witness the Hotel Chelsea find a strong and positive place in the 21st century."
The controversy spread across the web after residents received a invitation to a private concert featuring "People Have The Power" songstress, organized by the landmark hotel's new owner, the Chetrit Group.