The Band Guestbook, April '96Below are the entries in the Band guestbook from April 1996.
Tue Apr 30 22:32:02 MET DST 1996
Ralph McBarronFrom: Kansas City
A drunkard's dream if I ever did see one
Tue Apr 30 21:04:48 MET DST 1996
len alcamoFrom: fountain city wisconsin u.s.a.
I'm so pleased to have found this site I've been
a fan since the beginning. The Band's music has
always been popular here in the upper Mississippi
River Valley (probably stopped a few people from
becoming total deadheads besides). Thanks for the
lyrics and cords to Acadian Driftwood a song that
I've always wanted to play and sing and could not quite
figure out I think it was that Ebmaj9 thanks again
and take care
Tue Apr 30 20:04:23 MET DST 1996
Des ThomasFrom: Cape Town, South Africa
My first album of the Band was Stagefright many years ago.I couldn't believe that music like that existed. I remember the Band being the first rock and roll group ever getting a cover feature in Time magazine.
The Band has many fans in South Africa who would love to see them out here.
Keep up the good work.
Tue Apr 30 13:30:52 MET DST 1996
Phil RecchioFrom: Livonia, New York (South of Rochester)
I've been enjoying this page for over a year...Great stuff! I had concert tickets to a show that was cancelled in 1976, a few years later, I couldn't get tickets and sat outside the Greek Theater in L.A. and listened. In 1995, I saw The Band in a small venue in Rochester, so close I could have shaken their hands. Sadly, without Robbie and Richard... The show was still great. The heart of the Band still beats! Jan, keep up the good work and thanks for helping keep The Band alive.
Tue Apr 30 03:37:16 MET DST 1996
Ray MartiniFrom: Toronto,Canada
I am so pleased to find so many freinds of the greatest Canadian band
to ever bless the stage. I measure the quality of music by the way in which
it can move me. If anyone has ever had the pleasure to see this band live(with or without Robbie and Richard),
I am sure you will agree that they can bring you to the point of tears. Experience the greatest voices, players and arrangements by a bunch of good old Canadians and a hot drummer from Arkansas.
I also noticed that many of you have only recently discovered the boys. Check out "the Last Waltz" at your local video store. I still think it's the greatest Rock Movie ever made. You should also read Levon's Book "Wheel's on Fire" for some great(if not slightly biased) insight into the Band.
Tue Apr 30 01:45:15 MET DST 1996
Debbie StoneFrom: Peterborough, Ontario (Canada)
This isn't "Just another Whistle Stop"! What a treat to find so many gems about the greatest group ever.
I'll be back many times, just finding all the albums with Band connections. In fact, as soon as I'm done here,
I've got to pull out my old Jesse Winchester record and listen for *that* sound.
Last saw The Band in the summer of '94, at Ontario Place. After the show, they all left on Ronnie Hawkins'
cruiser. I had this fanatsy of dropping a note in Mr. Hawkins' mailbox (he lives just
a couple of kilometres up the road) and inviting them all around for a meal. Corny, I know, but these people
have offered so much over the years. I want to shake their hands!!!
Thank you for offering such a treasure.
Tue Apr 30 00:46:27 MET DST 1996
Daniel NgGuest Photo
From: New York
Thank you for all the work. Having tried to put together a web page of my own I can say it's a lot of hard work!
Anyway, I hope to write more later, once I explore around a little more.
Sat Apr 27 19:35:10 MET DST 1996
Paul FergusonFrom: Brockport, N.Y.
I'm glad to see there are other fans out there. I've enjoyed the band ever since Big Pink came out in the late sixties. Keep up the good work.
Sat Apr 27 15:08:59 MET DST 1996
Joe GrassFrom: New brunswick,Canada
this is the best site ever!Right now im listening to music from big pink for the like billionth time.The band is my favorite band ever!
Sat Apr 27 04:44:57 MET DST 1996
Bob Totty-KublawiFrom: Shenandoah Junction, WV
I first saw The Band three years ago. They were
opening for Little Feat at Merriwether Post Pavilion,
near Baltimore. I didn't know much about them,
but their show was awesome, and I recognized a
number of songs I didn't realize that they did. Your
page has given me a place to learn more. Thanks!!
Fri Apr 26 21:38:15 MET DST 1996
Rick ChurchillFrom: Deep River, CT
A long time ago, in a high school civics class,
I happened upon a brief magazine article which
mentioned that a "new" group was, rather quietly,
about to release their 2nd album. They looked very
cool (unlike most groups in 1969) and I was
intrigued, so I bought that album. "The Band" just
killed me then, and THE Band still kills me all
these years later. Thanks Jan, for making a place
for the finest rock and roll band ever.
Fri Apr 26 13:43:51 MET DST 1996
Tom MorettiFrom: Woodstock,NY
Great Site! It's funny is I live near Woodstock and Big Pink is
a 1/2 mile away and I walk my dog there all the time.
I supplied tape for the new album with my company Markertek and
just want to say Hi! guys! Garth,Levon,Butch, Aaron H.
and Marie... See you after tour.
Fri Apr 26 02:16:09 MET DST 1996
Jørn UllitsFrom: Denmark
I think it's cool - a very good collection about the boys!
Thu Apr 25 22:46:47 MET DST 1996
Bill HarnackFrom: Buffalo, New York
Home page: http://home.earthlink.net/~ecoedit/
Being from Buffalo, across the border, well, it's a real heartfelt connection that goes back deep into the sixties and my youth. Big Pink is of course once in a lifetime. But Jerico proves they're as vibrant as ever. Saw them here at the old train station in the early '80s (what a waste of building that is now) without J.R., and I knew then it wasn't over--a great concert! Too much to say, too little space. A real class site.
Wed Apr 24 18:36:45 MET DST 1996
Serge DaniloffFrom: London, Ontario Canada
Best WWW info. for the Band fan. In this age where
mediocrity rules in the pop music world, thank
goodness for the Band !
Wed Apr 24 17:23:29 MET DST 1996
Jim SuttieFrom: Hatfield, PA
I've seen all the recent concerts in this area since the release of Jericho. The Music is better now than ever before, although, the last show I've seen at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia was pretty poor.
Mon Apr 22 16:52:34 MET DST 1996
Jay LyonFrom: Seton Lake, B.C.(Canada)
Jan, you must be a true Band fan. I've allways thought that one of their greatest assests was the class they brought to everything they released. I see that same commitment from your web page. I've been I follower since I first crept down the back sta
irs of the Brass Rail in London, Ont. in the early sixties. It's great to see there are so many like-minded fans out there. I too think that Rock of Ages is just about the best live album ever. My favourite all time band by a long shot. Hope they come bac
k to B.C. soon. Keep up the good work, Jan.
Mon Apr 22 15:12:41 MET DST 1996
Will ElkinsFrom: Vicksburg, Mississippi
Thanks for placing the lyrics on the net.
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down is probably
my favorite song of all time. It was great to find
a Band home page. Their music is of great significance
to a true southerner, even though they were not born
Mon Apr 22 03:00:21 MET DST 1996
Mark GhertyFrom: Hudson, WI
I saw The Band April 20 in Minneapolis. Great show! this is the fourth time I have seen them. They may be older and heavier, but they play as tight as ever. The concert consisted of an ever blend of the new material and the old. Great show!
Sun Apr 21 21:23:39 MET DST 1996
Peter KinnearFrom: Calgary Alberta Canada
I've been a great fan on the boys since for many years. Most recently, my wife and I saw them in concert in Calgary in the summer of 94. As with Dylan, I think the band captures the soul of the boomers. Those boomers that think a bit anyway. The boys are
back through Calgary in a few months - and I'm looking foward to it. Band fans know that "big pink" is not vulgar.
Sun Apr 21 12:06:36 MET DST 1996
Takao NaganoFrom: Japan
Sun Apr 21 02:38:11 MET DST 1996
Sam C. VisserFrom: Emo,Ontario,Canada
Great web site-lots of good info.
Richard is gone,Robbie is doing his own thing but
the heart and soul of the Band in Garth,Levon,and
Rick . I saw them in Winnipeg in '94 and hope to
see them there again this June if the rumours of
their Canada tour is correct.
Sat Apr 20 12:44:38 MET DST 1996
John KennyFrom: Australia
Greetings from Brisbane.
Is Buddy Cage still playing with you as he was in
June 1988 in Brisbane? What about Blondie Chaplin?
We still see Ritchie Yorke, who you introduced to us in 1988. Thanks for the
contact. Loved "Jericho" . Come back to Brisbane.
Fri Apr 19 07:39:39 MET DST 1996
David RocheFrom: Newfoundland,Canada
I remember a time when it seemed as though I was
the only person who even knew The Band existed...
it's such a treat to find a site where these
musical greats are appreciated...
Fri Apr 19 02:26:17 MET DST 1996
william robertsonFrom: morganton, north carolina
Great job--saw the boys april 13 in a 500 seat hall in Asheville; unbelievably good; played about half from two recent releases and half older; Jim, Richard, and Randy are great--fit right in; Levon's voice better than ever, Rick and Garth very sharp.
Maybe best song was The Weight, still good after all these years . . .
Wed Apr 17 20:32:02 MET DST 1996
Diane BernardFrom: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Wed Apr 17 16:47:54 MET DST 1996
Greg JohnstonFrom: Bernalillo New Mexico
I found out last week the at The Band is coming to Albuquerque. I'm beside myself with anticipation. I last saw The Band at a festival in Austin 20 years ago. Drove from Minnesota to be there. Have since seen Rick with Paul Butterfield and Levon wi
th the Cate Brothers. But there is nothing like seeing these guys together. To see Garth spin his spells on the accordion or the organ live is a real treat.
Wed Apr 17 07:50:13 MET DST 1996
Robert Blair HanniFrom: Indianapolis
I have been less than impressed with the state of popular music today, then two years ago I was given tickets to a country show here. I cannot even tell you who
was there, except for little known LeRoy Parnell who perform an almost perfect rendition of The Weight. It was a moment that renewed my long standing faith in those performers
who pay homage to those that came before. If you get the chance, the performance is worht the price of a ticket (at most venues).
I am happy to find this page and read of other Band fans.
Tue Apr 16 22:53:27 MET DST 1996
Cindy BlegenFrom: San Diego, California (but living in New Mexico)
Fun idea! I love their music but never knew any of the history of The Band until I saw this Web page.
Tue Apr 16 18:09:18 MET DST 1996
Dan HearnFrom: Mentor, Ohio, USA
FYI: I went to "An Evening With The Band" at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame & Museum (4-15-96) in Cleveland; they had a slight change of plans. Originally it was intended to be a interview/question & answer period but they decided to play music only in
stead. The audience was not disappointed at all with the change of plans. They played an acoustic set which included much of their new material (including a song about Jesse James that Levon sang--I've never heard this song. Can somebody help me out?
Is it on some compialation recording?) They jammed for under an hour & left everyone wanting more. They will be playing their electric set tonight at the Odeon in the Cleveland Flats district. Hey--as an added bonus for me, my girlfriend & I got to mee
t Garth after the show as he got on the tour bus. He was very friendly and took time to sign autographs! Ahhh...the life of a Band Fan! (-:
Mon Apr 15 21:42:03 MET DST 1996
VERMES !From: Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
This is the kind of stuff that we like, this is the kind of stuuf that everybody should like. The world would be a lot better...
Mon Apr 15 21:34:26 MET DST 1996
Kleber BorgesFrom: Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
Simply the best, simply THE BAND !!
Mon Apr 15 14:30:15 MET DST 1996
Jeroen Alexander ten HaafFrom: the Netherlands, Maastricht
Great stuff! a good example (layout and contents) for other alike pages
Sat Apr 13 15:23:54 MET DST 1996
Hisao KondoFrom: Japan
Fri Apr 12 01:35:10 MET DST 1996
scott goodisonFrom: brampton ontario canada!
Bandtastic! I've learned more in 20 minutes than I've learned in 25 years in following this great Canadian rock group! Back in '69 Time magazine labled this group the next Beatles! Will visit often.
Fri Apr 12 01:29:47 MET DST 1996
Steve HoffmanFrom: Boston, MA
Thu Apr 11 20:15:00 MET DST 1996
Jay NashFrom: Burlington Vermont
Thu Apr 11 06:32:13 MET DST 1996
Matt GambleFrom: Birmingham, Alabama - USA
This is a dream come true for one of The Band's faithfull...
Wed Apr 10 19:30:21 MET DST 1996
Dan HearnFrom: Mentor, Ohio
UPDATE: For Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum members only...April 15, 1996, 7:30 P.M. at the Rock and Roll Museum... Levon, Rick & Garth will discuss their lives and careers and take questions from the audience. $10.50 for tickets (limit two per
member)I got this from the RRHOFM HOME PAGE (HTTP://WWW.ROCKHALL.COM) I GOT MINE!
Wed Apr 10 07:07:39 MET DST 1996
Will McCollumFrom: Pittsburgh, PA.
Am 29 years old and became a fan two years before
THE LAST WALTZ. I truly beleive that they are the most under-rated rock bands and Robbie Robertson is one of the most prolific and under-rated song writers in Rock. Have seen the group-in different configurations since the late 1980's.Also an avid DEAD HE
AD-I loved hearing the DEAD perform 'The Weight' and the Garcia Band do 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down'. They have provided me with some of my greatest concert experiences-note Garth's sax solo during the break in 'It Makes No Difference'. Their mus
ic will never grow old to me and even though I've seen 'The Last Waltz' a million times, I'm sure I'll view it another million!
Wed Apr 10 03:45:29 MET DST 1996
Jason BourgoinFrom: Luneneburg, Nova Scotia
They are and still musical master minds. All songs are inspiring. The Last Waltz is the best musical documentry of all time. Also who can't love Richard Emanual.
Wed Apr 10 02:53:06 MET DST 1996
Gavin McCollumFrom: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
I am THE biggest Band fan. I am 16 and almost have all of their albums. If you are a fellow fan, give me a ring at my E-mail adress.
Sat Apr 6 22:27:02 MET DST 1996
Alton PurvisFrom: De Land,Florida
I want to add a concert date.May 2nd at The
Embassy in Orlando,Florida.Tickets are 16.50.
Sat Apr 6 15:25:21 MET DST 1996
Shelley HessonFrom: Columbus, OH
I cannot express enough how wonderful this page is. The Band was the first subject I looked up when I got online, and fortunately I ended up here. Keep up the excellent work, Jan. I'm waiting with great anticipation for the April 16th show in Cleve
land. Anyone else going to be there? I'll be the girl in the front screaming "LEEEEEVONNNNNNN!" Take care, all of you wonderful Band fans. Keep the faith.
Sat Apr 6 11:18:55 MET DST 1996
Peter DwyerFrom: Melbourne, Australia
The Band's material isn't available on general release in Australia. It all has to be imported. It's good having a Web Page to see what is happening with the best Band in recorded history!
Keep up the good work Jan!
Sat Apr 6 08:39:50 MET DST 1996
Steve CrawfordFrom: Oklahoma City
driving a motorcycle across the desert with the sun setting behind your back with the lonely sound of "Just pulled into Nazareth, was feeling a half past dead...". (remember?) haven't been able to get that sound nor that image out of my mind since. he
re's to some of the most memorable and emotion-pack tunes & music ever heard. jan, thank you for giving us this outlet to share our experiences that surround these incomparablemusicians and their group.
Fri Apr 5 23:19:50 MET DST 1996
Alan SternhillFrom: Santa Rosa, Ca.
As a Drummer for thirty three years. I can't describe the influence that Levon's drumming had on me.
Incredable syncopation. Shuffles. Tom Tom cross melodies...
Robbi influenced a whole generation of signature guitar intonations and flavors!
How many musicians can tear apart a Hammond Organ like Garth?
Syncopated bass lines with Rick.. The sorrowful, haunting vocals of Richard..
they were the pioneers in many facets of music innovation.. Just keep listening the the three - way lead vocal changes ala: Acadian Driftwood and Daniel & the Sacred Harp...You'll get the feel. No group can achieve such seminal success on various musical
creations as did The Band!
Fri Apr 5 21:19:42 MET DST 1996
Bill MarucaFrom: Pittsburgh
Long live the Band!! I got to meet Rick (3x), Richard (RIP), Garth and Levon (2x) several times when they played a local club - my band Sandoz is heavily influenced by these guys and opened for Rick & Richard (3 months before Richard died) and Rick an
d Butterfield (Butterfield's last public performance). Great guys, great musicians!!
Fri Apr 5 20:51:55 MET DST 1996
Erwin BierhofFrom: The Netherlands
Fri Apr 5 19:17:12 MET DST 1996
Bob FergusonFrom: Canada
I was quite surprised when I saw this much info
on the BAND. I have several albums of Ronnie
Hawkins but for years have searched for the
Album I think is called Ronnie Hawkins and the
Hawks. Favourite songs - Lonely Hours (his best?)
and Hay ride. Any suggestions?
Fri Apr 5 13:40:09 MET DST 1996
kiyotaka nishiyamaFrom: 200 isida isehara kanagawa japan
Fri Apr 5 12:58:47 MET DST 1996
Overton LemonsFrom: New Orleans
Great web page. Now let's get everybody to drop a letter to Capitol and demand that they put out remastered versions of the "Big Pink" and "The Band." These two works of art were not given the same fine treatment as the rest of the catalog. Also, how
can we get Levon's "American Son" put out on CD? It's just not the same without Richard or Robbie but it's nice to see the remaining originals working a steady gig.
Fri Apr 5 09:13:14 MET DST 1996
robert bruceFrom: berrien springs, michigan usa
thanx! i'm a "second-generation" fan, and there's
far too little info on the band out here.
i'm a major richard manuel fan (sadly, i just
visited the motel in winter park, florida where he
committed suicide 10 years ago).
Fri Apr 5 03:48:10 MET DST 1996
Stefan G.FFrom: All Over
The Band changed my life forever. They'll always be the greatest to me, to be able to see them on tour again in '96 is a true blessing.
Thu Apr 4 21:42:50 MET DST 1996
mikeFrom: Sheffield England
saw Danko/Hudson plus pick-up band palomino Los Angeles in 1988, very moving, ended with @The Shape I'm in'
Thu Apr 4 19:42:19 MET DST 1996
Doug & Nancy KohlerFrom: Salt Lake City, Utah
we love it..where you been so long... we have been
looking for concert dates. we are ready to put
the kids in the car or on a plane.
Garth is GOD
Keep it going we love you....
Thu Apr 4 08:05:55 MET DST 1996
Peter DonatoFrom: Toronto
Nice to see the boys online.
Thu Apr 4 08:04:18 MET DST 1996
Mike CopelandFrom: Apex, NC
Just saw the show at Carnagie Hall in NYC:)
Good show but they had to cut it short cuz they
HAD to be off stage by 11:00PM :(
Youngblood was cool. JJ Cale opened with a great
show. I hope to catch some of the upcoming
shows. Take Care, see you Up on Cripple Creek;)
Wed Apr 3 23:40:41 MET DST 1996
Terry McNamaraFrom: 4404 Palmer Road Taberg NY 13471
what? no free tickets? man!
Wed Apr 3 23:05:24 MET DST 1996
Ken MorrisFrom: Cornelia, GA
I have every CD and album The Band has ever done and listen to them over and over.
I would sure like them to come to the Atlanta, GA area for a concert.
I really miss Richard.
Wed Apr 3 05:21:15 MET DST 1996
Jeff De MuthFrom: Warrenville, IL
Tonight's my first time here
and I'm sure to be back. Thanks Jan.
I've been listening to the Band since
I was a kid back in '68. Met Levon out
back of convocation hall at a concert in
Toronto, Nov. '94. Saw a short guy with a
beard holding a paper bag with a quart of
beer come out of a car by the tour bus.
Said "Hey you're Levon Helm!" He said
"That's right." I said "I just drove 500
miles to see you guys" Levon replied while
he pumped my hand "Thanks son. Hope you enjoy
Tue Apr 2 16:56:57 MET DST 1996
Jim CrossetFrom: Cincinnati, Ohio USA
I wish Levon and Rick would write and record
more original songs like "Life is a Carnival".
Tue Apr 2 14:26:14 MET DST 1996
Kosei NakamuraFrom: Tokyo Japan
I was excited when I found this home page.
Richard Manuel, Mr.Lonesom Suzie was my faverite
Person who read this, please pray for him.
I used to smoke, I used to drink...
Tue Apr 2 08:29:57 MET DST 1996
Rick APFrom: South Florida
"it makes no difference, where I turn..."
Thanks for keeping the music alive, if anyone can recomend a decent club to hear good music out here please, PLEASE let me know!!!!!
Tue Apr 2 08:10:39 MET DST 1996
Ken GunnesonFrom: MICHIGAN
Great home page. I have to say, some of the best music
of all time are from the members & song writer's
of the band.
Tue Apr 2 03:58:41 MET DST 1996
Bill ArmstrongFrom: Hollywood, FL
I just got "High on the Hog" the other day...All I can say is WOW!! Best stuff I've heard from anybody in years.
Nice to hear two songs Rick D. used to play with Paul Butterfield, "Crazy Mama" & "I Must Have Loved You Too Much".
Hats off to The Band for being as great as always, Jan for a great page!
Tue Apr 2 01:12:11 MET DST 1996
Mike CusterFrom: Westminster, Colorado
This is great stuff! I've been a fan of The Band for years. They are consistantly my favorite Rock and Roll group.
Mon Apr 1 05:47:45 MET DST 1996
David BaczekFrom: Salt Lake City, UT
Refreshing. The music of this group has been around
with me throughout my life--like a friend. Glad to
see others who see the genius in this music that
expresses so much. Keep it up!
Mon Apr 1 03:39:57 MET DST 1996
Mitchel WeinbergerFrom: Huntington, NY
It's great to have a place to go to get whatever info is available about The Band. I've been a fan since the beginning. Keep up the good work!!
Mon Apr 1 02:02:51 MET DST 1996
Al ShafferFrom: Germantown Maryland USA
Home page: http://www.angelfire.com/free/alhome.html
Always one of my favorite bands. Thank you for putting this web page together.
Mon Apr 1 00:10:55 MET DST 1996
Alex HoffmanFrom: Denver CO
Great page--keep up the good work.
Although I'm only 25, I've been listening to the Band since my college days,
and think they're the best musicians around-period. Glad to see them still rolling along,
and glad to see so many Band-a-holics like me are keeping it going via the Net.