West Saugerties Journal, 04.01.2003 - Former The Band guitarist and songwriter
Robbie Robertson has been working for years as creative consultant for the music branch of star director - and
The Band fan extraordinaire -
Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks company. Now Spielberg may be able to
reunite the surviving members of the legendary rock group who named their debut album after a big pink house
in West Saugerties.
The project was initiated when both Helm and Hudson contacted Robertson last month,
after hearing his latest discoveries for Dreamworks, the hip-hop/electronica duo
Boomkat and pop singer Dana Glover.
According to DreamWorks officials, "they both called Robbie up to compliment him for his excellent taste in music".
When Spielberg heard about the communication between the three men, he immediately came up with a very
generous offer to get them together in a studio to record new material that Robertson has written for
what should have been his next solo album.
Levon Helm's road manager Butch Dener confirmed the plans for a new musical project with the three
former members of The Band when we called him last night at Levon's barn in Woodstock.
"They have decided to bury the hatchet
and see if they can make some music together," Dener said between mouthfuls of brownies.
"We have never ruled out the possibility of Levon working with these guys again. And now the money and the time
is just right!"
Dener has been offered the position
as DreamWorks' coordinator and Robertson's production assistant for the project, that also will involve a group
of international consultants recruited from The Band internet community under the joint leadership of Band
experts Peter Viney of the UK and Serge Daniloff of Canada.