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The Band: Live at the Academy of Music 1971

Levon Helm: Ramble at the Ryman

The Band: Three of a Kind

Robbie Robertson: How to Become Clairvoyant

Garth Hudson Presents a Canadian Celebration of The Band

Levon Helm: Electric Dirt

Garth and Maud Hudson: Live at the Wolf

Pulse

Dirt Farmer

Elliot Landy's Woodstock Vision

The Band Guestbook, July '97

Below are the entries in the Band guestbook from July 1997.


Thu Jul 31 23:57:17 MET DST 1997

Butch

From: Upstate New York

Who the hell is Richard Broadbent and what does he have to do with us?


Thu Jul 31 17:13:31 MET DST 1997

David Powell

From: Stone Mountain, Ga.

Having just discovered this great web site I'd like to make the following comments. I saw the Band live with Dylan in 1966 & again in 1974, and on their own in 1970. To me what made the group stand out above the rest was the distinctive blend of Richard's, Levon's & Rick's voices singing great stories written by Robbie and wrapped in their finely honed musicianship . The sound was ancient & wooden in tone like songs handed-down from one generation to another. Without all these ingrediants, there is no Band. Sure Levon, Rick, Garth & whoever can still make great music, but without Robbie's songwriting stirred in the gumbo along with his concise guitar playing, the mix lacks the depth of Band sound. On the other hand, Robbie can still make interesting music on his own & with other players, but without the voices of Richard, Levon & Rick the music sounds hollow & thin. That said, let me recommend to anyone who has not heard it, John Hammond's SO MANY ROADS album released around 1965 on the Vanguard label & recently reissued on CD. This is a great blues album featuring Robbie on lead guitar, Levon on drums, Garth on organ, and Charlie Mussellwhite on harp. Robbie's stinging guitar leads are so awesome that the late great Mike Bloomfield was relegated to only piano playing on these sessions.


Thu Jul 31 16:09:04 MET DST 1997

Serena_R

From: NYC

Carole *LOL* You Go Girl! These Bandfan guys have about as much of a sense of humor as Levon does. In the larger picture, guys, this is about as deep as a feather.


Thu Jul 31 04:42:09 MET DST 1997

jackson

From: upstate n.y.

perhaps someone will read this. need to get my hands on a copy of the genuine basement tapes vol. 1-5. thank you so much if you are able.


Thu Jul 31 01:30:31 MET DST 1997

Richard Broadbent

From: Emmitsburg, MD

Very fine site, thanks! I have been enjoying the Band in various incarnations since 1965 when I saw them with Bob Dylan in Washington and Baltimore. These are still the finest, most inspiring shows I have ever seen and I've seen The Who with Keith Moon and The Baltimore Symphony play Shostakovich. However, I find all the congratulatory messages about Rick D. rather alarming. Did we fail to notice Richard Manuel's example; Levon's ????? I am frankly sick of buying these assholes their heroin, so forget getting $15. from me for a get out of jail, pass go and collect $200. card. Congratulations ????????? For getting off to poison yourself another day????? Not from me, kids. I'll save my salutations for when I hear R. has been clean a few years, and I'll consider buying a record then. As for Levon's book; what a shock to find this cracker is such a whiner. Robbie ruined my life, over and over. Nevermind I got my li'l ol' se'f uh-diktid tuh herine. Never mind I quit the Band in Washington in 1965. Gee, couldn't be that you haven't enough education to make a good business decision, enough sense to keep needles outta your arm. I've bought so many of your tickets and records. I love your voice, I love your drumming. But don't ask me to believe anyone else ruined your life, bub. Take a little responsibility for your own actions. Don't really mean to raise a fuss, but I've been a fan for 32 years. I'm tired of the disappointment I feel watching the group die off. We all have feet of clay, but congratulations for getting away with it? Or for escaping by the skin of your teeth to do it again and again blaming anyone but yourself? Sorry fellas, you can't have it.


Wed Jul 30 22:48:41 MET DST 1997

Peter

From: NY

Carole- Please take a break.


Wed Jul 30 21:14:10 MET DST 1997

Little John Tyler

From: The House Next Door

Hey, Carole from Boston: Have you read Levon's book, "This Wheel's On Fire"? Just wondering where all the Robbie-adulation is still coming from?


Wed Jul 30 18:11:54 MET DST 1997

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Carole

From: Boston

No, SERIOUSLY, Robbie.....think about it! Check my photo out. OK, I'm not BEAUTIFUL, but you've DONE beautiful. How about brains, wit, and unconditional adoration???


Wed Jul 30 18:07:05 MET DST 1997

Carole

From: Boston

Rod P - thank you for the info on Robbie's next album. That's very exciting. Robbie, if you come by here and read this (Do I have a rich fantasy life or WHAT?! *L*), I'm STILL your biggest fan. Think about it. God knows, I have longevity and perseverence. Maybe we belong together.....................................................


Wed Jul 30 15:14:25 MET DST 1997

Kevin

From: Toronto, Ontario

I just saw the Wallflowers in concert last week. They played a couple of Band songs: The night they drove old dixie down and the Weight. Sounded great. It's good to see the Band's influence on new groups.


Wed Jul 30 09:14:11 MET DST 1997

Rod Prowse

From: Wellington N.Z.

The June edition of Mojo magazine (the Psychedilic cover)had an interview with Robbie Robertson in which he talks about his new album coming out in September. There is a single "Making a noise in this World" due in August, and a documentary about the album in October. He uses some producers that have worked with U2, The Pet Shop Boys and Bjiork and some other guy he describes as a "talented little devil". From what he says the album is heavily influenced by old Indian music.


Tue Jul 29 05:35:59 MET DST 1997

Paul Bancroft

From: Brisbane, Australia

I've been off-line for a while, Great news about Rick. Is the CD available to mail overseas yet?


Tue Jul 29 03:59:08 MET DST 1997

T.J.

From: the old hood

I JUST WANTED TO SAY HI. I will write later on,bye for now T.J.


Tue Jul 29 00:12:42 MET DST 1997

Pete

From: Syracuse

i'm sure your holiday will be much more enjoyable now Jan. I hope they reschedule the concerts that were cancelled while Rick was in Japan. Hope you recovered from your partying after you heard the news :-)


Tue Jul 29 00:06:00 MET DST 1997

TK and HK

From: Somerville, NJ

Rick from Cambridge, MA (or should we call you by your new nick name "Short Fat Fanny")....we met you at the Towne Crier Cafe...drop us a line.


Mon Jul 28 22:16:33 MET DST 1997

Anja Thystrup

From: Denmark

Good music, especialy the Native kind.


Mon Jul 28 15:28:12 MET DST 1997

Jan Høiberg

From: Halden, Norway, currently in Engand

On summer holiday in England at the moment, finally found a place with net access (a cellar room in Lyme Regis, of all places) so I could see what had been going on with my web site the last two weeks. I have been worried about Danko all the time during this vacation, can't tell how happy I am to see that he'll be going back to join The Band. The local pub (The Green Dragon in Combe St.Nicholas) will make some money tonight, I'll have to celebrate this with about a barrel of the excellent beer these limeys have. Thanks for keeping us all informed in the guestbook. I'll be back in a week or so, ready to add loads of new stuff to the Band web site. See y'all later.


Mon Jul 28 07:19:02 MET DST 1997

Jay

From: Atlanta

The song you're looking for is "Rockin' Chair'" from the brown album.


Mon Jul 28 04:57:49 MET DST 1997

george morenstein

From: regina sask. canada

need title to song containing lyrics " oh to be home again down in old virginia, with my very best friend and they call him rag time willie" please e-mail me thanks.


Sun Jul 27 22:50:36 MET DST 1997

Larry

From: NC
Home page: http://www.hci.net/~lmn/

Glad to see a website with info on Roy Buchanan.


Sun Jul 27 17:20:00 MET DST 1997

NICK TOVO

From: NEWARK, DE.

CONGRATS TO RICK DANKO!!! IT COULD'NT HAVE HAPPENED TO A NICER GUY. HE ALWAYS TAKES TIME FOR HIS FANS AND IS A GREAT PERFORMER. PERHAPS THIS IS WHY GOOD FORTUNE SMILED ON HIM. RICK, WELCOME BACK AND TAKE CARE. I'LL SEE YOU SOON AT A VENUE NEAR ME OR I'LL TRAVEL ACROSS THE COUNTRY IF I HAVE TO (MAYBE BEVERLY HILLS IN NOV. JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT).


Sat Jul 26 05:23:45 MET DST 1997

Ant

From: Guilford, CT
Home page: http://www.connix.com/~uconnfan

Yes! Rick shall be returning home! Please let this mean that the scheduled August concert in Hartford will go on as planned!!!! Anyone know where I can check to see if it will in fact go on? Thanks in advance... -A.F.


Sat Jul 26 04:34:46 MET DST 1997

Robert Ghost Wolf

From: Wolf Lodge
Home page: www.wolflodge.org

Great Site. I need to get a message tyo Robbie Robertson. I know it is crazy, and everyone does this to me on my own site. Please Robbie. tune into my site, and check out the Ghost Dance location. I believe you might want to contact us then. Aho Mitakyue Oyasin Ghost Wolf


Sat Jul 26 04:27:50 MET DST 1997

Lex

From: Chiba, Japan

In answer to Jon Lyness, Rick will NOT ever have to serve the 2.5 years unless he commits another crime in Japan at any time during the next 5 years.


Sat Jul 26 03:18:19 MET DST 1997

Angelika

From: Greater NYC area

If I understand all the messages correctly Rick has been released. If it's true - welcome home Rick. We missed you on the Pirate's Ball tour. Talked to Dennis at the Westbury Music Fair who pointed me to this site.


Sat Jul 26 01:58:53 MET DST 1997

Jon Lyness

From: New York, NY

Just been reading the messages about the outcome of Rick's trial and I'm a bit confused. I understand that he's been released, but will Rick have to serve the 2.5 years at some point in the future, or won't he? (Apologies if I'm missing something obvious here.) If someone can clear this up for me, it would be much appreciated! Thanks, folks. -Jon P.S. - received my Rick Danko CD via mail and am enjoying it immensely - the live performance of "It Makes No Difference" alone is worth the cost. I urge anyone who hasn't yet ordered their own CD to do so!


Sat Jul 26 01:51:26 MET DST 1997

hato

From: JPN

hello!
Yesterday, a court of law set judgment on Rick. I report it with summarize a newspaper:

Judgment trial of the rock-star Rick Danko defendant asked a sin Narcotics Control Law violation was carried out in Chiba district court of law, in the guilt assuming that he will smuggle heroin in.
The presiding judge said, "His crime is vicious boldness and responsibility is a lot major social influence when I think about being a well-known performer". Rick was sentenced with penal servitude 2 years 6 months, stay of execution 5 (statement of the prosecutor's opinion on the punishment penal servitude 2 years 6 months).

He was hide heroin in a magazine. Even if it finds, he changed attitude at first. But he seems to has reflect afterwards too and a stay of execution seems to has add to good luck too.


Sat Jul 26 01:40:03 MET DST 1997

Doug

From: Scotland

Glad to hear Rick shall be released. Good luck and best wishes!


Sat Jul 26 00:48:11 MET DST 1997

HK and TK

From: Somerville, NJ

What wonderful news! Thank God Rick is coming home! Let's hope those close to him hold him up so he doesn't fall again.


Fri Jul 25 23:52:38 MET DST 1997

joe frey

From: albany, ny

rick, in your honor i just put on the spinner's "Commin' Home." it said it all for me. welcome home. joe


Fri Jul 25 22:29:29 MET DST 1997

Frode Nyland

From: Bergen, Norway

Congratulations to Rick, his family, The Band and to all us fans. Hope things work out well, Rick, and you and the guys are welcome to Bergen/Norway anytime. And once again in this guestbook (I just have to), great site Jan!


Fri Jul 25 21:04:28 MET DST 1997

Luis Loucks

From: New York City

God listened to our prayers. See you at The Bottom Line Rick. Be well and healthy, please. Love, Luis


Fri Jul 25 21:03:29 MET DST 1997

Scott M.Pordon

From: Paramus,NJ + Decatur, NY

I am thrilled that Rick has been released. I wonder if he realizes how much joy he gives to people with his brilliant talent. DANKOOOOOOOOO !!!!


Fri Jul 25 20:43:37 MET DST 1997

Kitrick Short

From: Woodstock NY
Home page: http://www.ulster.net/~kitrick

Just wanted to say my prayers were with you today RICK! and I'n glad that you will be back in Woodstock soon hope to chat with you! Kitrick


Fri Jul 25 16:03:49 MET DST 1997

Danielle

From: Connecticut

Well Rick, here's your chance to GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER! I can't take the strain anymore. This is your opportunity of a lifetime to straighten your act out and give all these devoted fans what they deserve! I love you and best of luck. See you soon!


Fri Jul 25 13:59:13 MET DST 1997

Steve Hoffman

From: Newton, MA

Rick - congratulations! Stay healthy, and for the sake of your family and friends, keep on rockin'! I met you at the Foxboro, MA. show, a great night, and great to have it forever on the CD. The fact that money was raised by selling the CD (rather than taking donations) speaks volumes about your integrity and values, and that of the Band. Can't wait to see you and all the boys back on tour.


Fri Jul 25 13:13:23 MET DST 1997

Paul

From: Poughkeepsie NY

Rick, ol' boy, you've been given a rare second chance. Please use it wisely. I look forward to seeing and hearing you around "the neighborhood" again real soon.


Fri Jul 25 10:42:56 MET DST 1997

John

From: West Hollywood, California

Never doubted your fate for a moment Ricky! Music is karma. Welcome Home soon!!!


Fri Jul 25 10:35:21 MET DST 1997

Lex

From: Chiba, Japan

I was there in the courtroom today and watched Rick being lead in. My first impression was that he looked pretty different from the way he looked in The Last Waltz. This of course was unfair of me. He is twenty years older and he has just spent almost three months in a detention centre going through withdrawl symptoms according to the judge. The AP report tells the story. I don't have much more to add. The judge did note that Rick is known for giving to charity and that his colleagues hope that he will be able to join them again soon. This along with the promise by Rick that he would seek treatment were the list of points in his favour. The judge said something like "In your country there is a saying - 'Sound body, sound mind' - I hope you take this to heart and clean up soon. I would like to suggest a variation on that saying - 'Sound music, sound body'". The judge seemed to be on a roll with this sayings stuff and went on to say "You give time and money to charity but remember that 'Charity begins at home'". It was then that Rick called his three months in the detention centre without drugs "a start". I could help feel a bit of irony when the interpreter was explaining how the court had rejected the defence's argument about Rick finding it difficult to understand the English interpretation during the investigation - the court interpreter was a bit tricky to understand herself. I don't think Rick felt like laughing though. Even when it was explained that Rick wouldn't have to pay for it. The cost of the interpretation would be born by the Japanese government. The maximum sentence was 15 years. Rick got 2.5 and a suspended sentence at that. It could have been worse. He's free to leave for home today and theoretically he's free to return to Japan next week, but I imagine he might have some difficulty getting a visa. But the sentence itself doesn't bar him from returning. If he commits another crime in Japan in the next five years he has to serve the 2.5 years. As he was lead away again I saw a glint of the Last Waltz Rick in his face - again unfair of me but that's what happened. I couldn't help but wish him luck in quitting the heroin habit and letting the that Rick out again. There was a girl in the line waiting to receive her court entry pass. She was wearing the Japan tour T-shirt. She watched in the front row. She didn't talk to anyone else unless she was spoken to except once. She asked Rick's lawyer if he would be able to tour Japan again. Then she left. Rick may have more people worrying about him than he realises. I really do wish him luck.


Fri Jul 25 09:56:24 MET DST 1997

Stavros Papaisidorou

From: Holland

Great news about Rick. Thank God someone in Japan got their mind together.


Fri Jul 25 04:44:14 MET DST 1997

Lars Pedersen

From: Pine Bush,NY

YES!!!!!!!!


Fri Jul 25 03:52:46 MET DST 1997

Bill Eluchok

From: London, Ont.

Latest from AP and CP on Rick: Danko gets suspended sentence on heroin smuggling charge

CHIBA, Japan (AP-CP) ‹ Rick Danko, bassist and singer for the legendary rock group The Band, was found guilty and given a suspended sentence today for colluding with his wife to smuggle heroin into Japan. Danko, 54, a Canadian citizen, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison at hard labor suspended for five years by a three judge panel at the Chiba District Court, 30 km east of Tokyo. That means the Rock ını roll Hall of Famer, born in Simco, Ont., will be released shortly and allowed to return to his home in Woodstock, N.Y. Danko, with shoulder length hair, thick beard and dressed in plain blue trousers and jacket, was led into the courtroom in handcuffs. After reading out the verdict, Presiding Judge Yasuro Tanaka spoke directly to Danko and urged him to follow through with a promise made at his initial court session earlier this month to seek professional help for his heroin habit. ³Iıve been drug-free for three months, so thatıs a start,² Danko replied. The verdict was issued by the judges as there are no jury trials in Japan. Danko, who was arrested May 6 during a tour of Japan, had testified earlier that he had not intended to have the 1.25 grams of heroin shipped to him in Japan. Danko said he had asked his wife to send him some ³medication² from the United States, presuming she would understand he meant the drug codeine, for which he has a prescription. Danko admitted that he had used heroin off and on in the past to suppress persistent pain in his back and neck caused by a bad car accident in 1968. He said he had also used prescription morphine as well as the codeine. The trial was being held in Chiba, a prefecture just to the east of Tokyo, because police seized the package at Narita airport after being told about the heroin by Federal Express, which detected the drug while shipping the package. The Chiba courtıs verdict can be appealed by either the prosecutors or Danko within two weeks. Danko, who was inducted into the Rock ını Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, first gained fame in the mid-1960s as a singer and bassist for The Band, which became well known through an extensive collaboration with Bob Dylan. CP 2245ES 24-07-97 Thought you mite like to know. /be


Thu Jul 24 20:55:15 MET DST 1997

Danielle

From: Connecticut

Hi Jan! I love this site and I really enjoy reading the guestbook! Thanks!


Thu Jul 24 07:03:08 MET DST 1997

Steven Marcus

From: Sebastopol, California
Home page: http://www.dead.net/hotline_info/GDTSTOOFolder/GDTSTOO.html

I think that if a person shows up and pays to see a band or The Band and most or all of them appear drunk or wasted, then that person has every right to be pissed. I have seen The Band many times starting in 1971 at The San Francisco Civic Auditorium, with Dylan in 1974, at Frost in 1976, in Santa Cruz in 1976, The Last Waltz and Rehearsal the day before and about 7 times since Robbie quit. I have always loved their music and really like the two latest CD's. I just wish that Levon and Robbie could work things out.


Wed Jul 23 21:14:07 MET DST 1997

Kris Pancoast

From: Horsham PA

I love the Band - I've grown up on their music and it's a part of who I am. We've spent 2 of the last 3 New Year's Eve's with them (Couldn't think of a better way). I was truly surprised when Steven Seagal showed up and played with them in New Jersey last year - it was great. My husband & I love the new music just as much as the old - THANKS GUYS!!


Wed Jul 23 20:53:33 MET DST 1997

Steve Hendrickson

From: Yakima (Yakama - Tribal spelling) WA

After 30+ years I'm still working with the same drummer and old boys that grew up in this area and played in rival bands. In the middle of the blues,jazz and R+B of our show, we still find room for some of the old Band material we did years ago. Thanks for the lyrics. They really help an old fart who had too much fun in the 60s and is lucky to remember his own name. PS: If you are up Washington way, we will be taking our band out soon - just for the fun of it. Come out and hear the old boys play - Shruggin Willie


Wed Jul 23 20:40:00 MET DST 1997

Luis Loucks

From: New York City

This message is for Chuck "gratefuldead@rocketmail.com. I cannot think of a more inappropriate venue for you to spew your disrespectful and downright nasty comments about THE BAND and/or Rick Danko. Take it elsewhere!


Wed Jul 23 07:50:54 MET DST 1997

Chuck

From: Santa Rosa, California

I was excited to see The Band at Santa Rosas' LBC last year. However they showed up so drunk they barely could play. Except for Garth who looked frustrated with the whole fiasco. Have another Rick. Anyway I still love the music. Your friend, Chuck


Wed Jul 23 07:23:36 MET DST 1997

David

From: USA

I hope Rick has as much luck as Paul McCartney.


Wed Jul 23 02:12:34 MET DST 1997

Cliff Campo

From: Wait a Minute "Chester", NY

Dear Carole, Please take some of your own advise, SHUT UP AND LISTEN TO THE MUSIC!


Wed Jul 23 00:01:44 MET DST 1997

Tracie King

From: Somerville, NJ

Hey, Anita, our little cat is named Ophelia...after the song. Had she been a boy, her name would have been Levon. When we have our first human girl we plan to name her Anna Lee....!


Tue Jul 22 22:52:00 MET DST 1997

Dan Blood

From: California

Ah, come on, Carole, lighten up a little...


Tue Jul 22 22:30:39 MET DST 1997

Michael Crisci

From: Lunenburg, Massachusetts

I really enjoy this web site. I have been into The Band since around 1966. Thank You


Tue Jul 22 17:19:05 MET DST 1997

Chris Lecky

From: Cincinnati, Ohio

The answer to the question from Anita in Columbus regarding Pirates Ball is The Band is not on the tour. Sorry you won't be seeing them.


Tue Jul 22 15:42:08 MET DST 1997

Anita Doran

From: Columbus, Ohio

Does anyone know whether The Band is actually going to play in Chicago this weekend? They are listed in a Chicago paper as playing with Starship at the "Pirate's Ball." From Jan's info on the home page, it sounds like they are not touring. Going there this weekend and would love to see them if possible. Any info would be appreciated. I'd also like to credit the Band for providing the namesake for our little puppygirl, Fanny. My two boys are fast learning the words to The Weight, and love to "Get back to Miss Fanny, you know she's the only one."


Tue Jul 22 15:17:34 MET DST 1997

Serena Russell

From: NYC

As people keep saying, "Great Site, Jan!" I saw a comment here in the guest book about Robbie Robertson having a new album coming out soon. Does anyone else know anything at all about that?


Mon Jul 21 23:12:03 MET DST 1997

Kevin

Great site. Does anybody know if the new Rick Danko live CD is available in stores?


Mon Jul 21 21:00:35 MET DST 1997

Steven Bender

From: Indianapolis

Found myself listening to the first two Band albums and Dylan's Basement Tapes quite a bit lately. This is my first visit to the web site. It is a very pleasant surprise! I saw Rick Danko and Richard Manuel in Indianapolis as part of a Band/Byrds reunion tour in 1986 (with Mike and Gene Clark) just shortly before Richard's death. Richard was obviously melancholy but he gave an absolutely stunning delivery of "Lonesome Susie" accompanying himself on solo piano. I miss him greatly. Keep up the nice page.


Mon Jul 21 20:17:17 MET DST 1997

Ingmar

From: Dutch Bible Belt

Yes my dear people, There is more. Check out the wonderful CD by Texas band "The Gourds". They are not a tribute band to The Band. But they're the hotdamn closest thing too the feel of "Music From Big Pink" you ever heard. It's an all acoustic set recorded on a ranch in the middle of The Lone Star State desert. If you listen closely you'll hear the crickets outside while the chills run down your spine from the rough close harmony singin of these lovely Gourd boys. The album's called "Dem's Good Beeble" and its on Munich Records. THEY ARE NOT THE BAND, I know.... but if you like the "Big Pink vibe" you will love this record. PS: excuse the lingo, us Dutchies have to learn English from bad US sit coms. Very nice site !!!!


Mon Jul 21 17:16:31 MET DST 1997

jennifer

From: ohio

Great page!!


Mon Jul 21 14:36:12 MET DST 1997

Carole

From: Boston

I've been a Band fan since before some of you were born. I'm finding it interesting here in Jan's wonderful Band site that a lot of male Band Fans seem to think they have an awful lot of CORRECT information to say and they also seem to think we'd be interested in it. Shut up and listen to the music.


Mon Jul 21 01:42:20 MET DST 1997

Henry K.

From: Somerville NJ

Also in response to Peter. I saw Levon last night, and was not disappointed that the songs were not largely comprised of classic Band songs written by J. R. Robertson. I recently have purchased two of Levon's solo albums, and was looking to hear those songs. The most touching moment of last night's concert was when Levon turned to the members of the Cromatix and said "Let's do one of Rick's songs", upon which they did "Java Blues" from Rick's solo album. Levon's greatness and that of the current Band is their ability to make any song sound great. I cannot compare the merits of the Band from the 60's and 70's to that of today (since I born in 1968), but nevertheless feel that the current version of The Band as well as Levon's solo projects are outstanding. Terming the non Robbie Robertson songs during Levon & the Cromatix concerts as "filler" is ridiculous. The concert last night was outide, along the banks of the Raritan river, in front of a cliff that had been quarried in the 1700's and 1800's. There were serveral local acts who performed beforehand. One of them, "Angus" was promoting its new CD which was produced by Aaron Hurwitz and on which Garth plays accordian on one track. Levon was in great form, playing for about 1.5 hours. He played "Rag Mama Rag" and "The Weight", but otherwise got through great with other non-Band material. The program stated that Levon & the Cromatix were putting out a CD this summer, but it was not for sale.


Sun Jul 20 21:11:51 MET DST 1997

(gopher)george rollins

From: charleston, wv

TO PETER: you raise several issues which i think are interesting enough to respond to. first: garth's "illness"? fill me in. i saw him about a year or so ago, and he appeared fine, though i believe i have read some comments in the guestbook that he does occasionally seem to space out...do you not suppose this could be less illness than age, or, more likely affectation? garth is steeped in a jazz background in which eccentricity is almost as important, though of course not, as chops. unless you've got some medical data, seeing as i've not heard of this allegation in these pages or elsewhere--though i'm certainly no band scholar or documentarian, mind you--i might suggest that in this case, garth might just be puttin' one over on you; not that it at times isn't at the band's expense as well... second: i unfortunately suspect you're right about levon purposely deleting robbie material. however much it robs the band of a certain depth, and wealth of material, i would argue they still have much to sustain themselves. including virtually two decades of music conceived and recorded after robertson's departure. most of this material may well have benefited from robbie's input, certainly, but much will stand on the merit of the players' passion, commitment, and taste, as quite exemplary regardless. also, given levon's perception of events(probably more accurate than not), can you really blame him for this resort, even if it results in you not being afforded a chestnut or two in contemporary concert? third: crowmatix is levon's vehicle. if he chooses to perform an entire set of wes montgomery, or for that matter, insane clown posse songs, it's his vision, and musical statement for the evening. who are you to dictate the terms of his performance? if you aren't satisfied, ask for your money back. given levon's integrity(i believe his track record precedes him), renumeration will likely be provided. fourth: danko will indeed require luck; his statements to the court certainly did little to exonerate, or excuse him morally or ethically, if not legally, at least in the opinion of those japanese citizens i have been priveleged to speak with...


Sun Jul 20 01:46:12 MET DST 1997

Peter

From: Hudson,NY

First of all, I am a devoted Band fan. I love their music and I have a deep respect for the musicians. But the Band is going through some hard times right now: Robbie and Richard left long ago, Danko's in trouble, Garth's illness is all to obvious when he nods off in the middle of a song, only Levon is left to lead the others. And, in a way, even Levon is not unscathed, because of his hatred for Robbie. I may be wrong, but I believe that Levon tries to limit the number of Robbie's copyrighted songs when the Band selects their music for a concert. This is especially true when you hear the Cromatix. They play "The Weight" and a couple of other standbyes, the rest is filling. Let me say also that I have the greatest respect for Levon, both as an artist and a person, and I am not bashing him, I'd just like to see the Band prosper, and I believe he needs the old music, as well as the new music, to do this. I also think the Band needs to get another voice in there to help Levon and Randy. And we need Ricky to get lucky in court next week.


Sat Jul 19 02:51:08 MET DST 1997

Rowan Samuel

From: Philly

Great site -- one of the most professional on the net and why am I not surprised? I'm a new band lover myself. I've always dug the music and as a musician have covered some tunes for quite some time. I recently watched the Last Waltz (actually about 5 times in one weekend). I was genuinely touched. I love these guys -- i think its the honesty. Guys, if you do get to read any of this mail, I'm looking forward to seeing you in Philly, if it happens anytime soon. Thanks for the tunes.


Fri Jul 18 15:57:00 MET DST 1997

Little John Tyler

From: The House Next Door

Does anybody have any idea who "Pepote Rouge" is, or what her Saga is supposed to be all about?


Fri Jul 18 00:58:05 MET DST 1997

Jay Wardlaw

From: Atlanta

Wonderful site, Jan. I have been enjoying it for about two years now. I finally had to upgrade my browser when you moved the site. It was well worth it. My thoughts are with Rick for a speedy recovery, but more than that, I hope he can get straight once this nightmare's over. Then, I hope he'll bring The Band down this direction. I'm a serious devotee who has never seen them live. Can't wait to get the chance.


Fri Jul 18 00:20:57 MET DST 1997

Johannes Wijffels

From: Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

Well, what can I say ? I found out about The Band in a pop-encyclopedia and started being interested in their music. I ordered a double compilation-CD (To Kingdome Come/Capitol) from my local CD/pop-store, wiothout having heard anything of their music. First song I heard was "Tears of Rage", and other song of Pink. I was flabbergasted. My fascination with their music has increased with the time. In their music, The Band eloborates on a lot of American "topics" and although I'm am not an American, I'm intrigued at their evocative elaboration of American history and culture. I really admire their musical and evocative music. (My English is not very good, so excuse for the words I choose) Their music takes a special place in my view on pop-music. I listen to Steely Dan, Zappa and Randy Newmn also, but the Band is totally different. Wholy original


Thu Jul 17 21:44:22 MET DST 1997

Essie Boris

From: Hungary

I just missed the lyrics of Don't Do It. Anyway all the information I needed can be found here.


Thu Jul 17 14:05:49 MET DST 1997

QUENTIN

From: LITCHFIELD CT.
Home page: www.soundauthority.com

ordered rick's new album 3weeks ago still haven't received it? any new news on rick's sentence?


Thu Jul 17 08:49:05 MET DST 1997

Rod Prowse

From: New Zealand

I've just got my copy of Rick Danko Live. Blind Willie McTell is excellent. I can't figure out who sings Good Thing - it doesn't sound like Rick at all but - it's one of the better tracks. Strange that there are no song credits ( a lot of them are by Robbie Robertson so maybe it's not that strange). Speaking of Robbie ,I read in Q magazine he has a new album coming out later in the year.


Thu Jul 17 04:49:02 MET DST 1997

jane

From: cwhee,nc

hi to pat who really introduced me to the band. one of the best nites ever was "the star"? theater in st. pete. what is going on with rick? am new to the site and am excited to find it. (all is better than can be expected in the mtns.)


Thu Jul 17 03:29:44 MET DST 1997

Carla

From: Orono, Ontario

Thanks for the site, and thanks to you "the Band" those past & present for my lifetime of great music. Can't wait till you all come around again. Good luck Rick! Thinking about ya!!


Thu Jul 17 02:01:41 MET DST 1997

Tracie King

From: Somerville, NJ

Just got Rick's new CD...it's fantastic!!! Buy it and help support Rick and his family...tkypoint@aol.com


Wed Jul 16 18:00:20 MET DST 1997

Indra Ariyanto Wijaya

From: Indonesia

It's all good.............!!!!!!!!!!


Tue Jul 15 18:12:21 MET DST 1997

Pete

From: Syracuse

I just heard that Rick has been sentenced and is imprisoned. Has anyone heard any details ? Also, to all of my friends that were supposed to meet me at the Syracuse show, hope to see you at the Woodstock reunion this year.


Tue Jul 15 16:34:58 MET DST 1997

Luis Loucks

From: New York City

Congratulations on an excellent site Jan. I wanted to write a short note to comment on "Rick Danko Live". One of the many times last Winter that I saw Rick & Co. at THE BOTTOM LINE club here in New York, I noticed Rick sitting by himself at a table by the stage. My first thought was, "I gotta go say hello and thanx but he don't wanna be bothered". I figured hell, when can I have this opportunity again so I walked over with the intention of just a handshake, a hello and a quick thanx. Rick Danko asked me to sit down and said it was always good to talk to "an old friend". I must have sat there for a good 20 munutes. We had a drink together, talked about Carnegie Hall when I snuck backstage, the Band, music... Later after his second show I wandered backstage and saw his beloved Gibson acoustic sitting on its case. I asked if I could try it, he said yes. I picked it up and in hopes of a jam session started picking the chords to LONG BLACK VEIL but to no avail... He wouldn't sing with me. Rick Danko however LET ME PLAY HIS GUITAR. What a humane and human, humble sweet and gentle man. RICK DANKO LIVE: Blind Willie McTell is reminiscent of af a minstrels tune. All that was missing was a mandolin and the gypsy's fair... Absolutely mesmerizing. Randy's voice on Chest Fever is the consummate Rock n' Roll voice, there is only ONE voice that could sound better on that song than Randy Ciarlante. Crazy Mama, Long Black Veil, Makes No Difference, I saw the shows with Blondie and Aaron Hurwitz at THE BOTTOM LINE. Levon did an incredible job capturing the spirit spirituality of those shows. This CD is a must own as a document recording this stage of this man's awesome career and his musicianship. He's a minstrel looking to help the neighborhood. Luis E. Loucks


Mon Jul 14 22:03:41 MET DST 1997

Jim Coombs

From: Springfield, MO

Wow! I haven't visited this site for quite a while, and its improved greatly! Good job, Jan! I just checked out the tape archive and I'd love to get a copy of a recent show (like the one at Carnegie Hall in '96). I have the 7/7/94 show in St. Louis and lots of other shows to trade, mostly Allman Bros. BTW, I am a singing drummer. I learned how to do them both by watching Levon back in the sixties. -jammin J


Mon Jul 14 12:20:07 MET DST 1997

Carole

From: Boston

Hope you had a happy birthday, Robbie.


Mon Jul 14 05:20:40 MET DST 1997

Pat Brennan

From: Skokie, il

I'm trying to contact Laurin Willis. Email address from guestbook ('96) no longer active. Does anyone have any suggestions?


Sun Jul 13 21:54:50 MET DST 1997

Pat Brennan

From: Skokie Il.

Saw The Band in '69,'71, Watkins Glen, 1st show of Dylan comeback-'74, missed '76 final tour, and various post-'83 performances. Was lucky enough to open for Levon,Rick, and Richard a number of times. Became friends with Richard, talked whenever he came to Chicago. Here's a story he told me. Dylan wrote Just Like a Woman in the Holiday Inn at Ohio St. and Lake Michigan in Chicago after a Dylan/Hawks show in the mid 60's. Dylan heard Otis Redding was in the hotel and wanted to give him a song. Upon completion,Richard and Dylan hiked down to the lobby-early in the morning I daresay-and waited for Otis and his entourage to come through. Lo and behold, here comes the great Mr. Redding. Dylan approaches him and introduces himself. Otis understatedly says, "Yeah, I know you." Dylan explains the reason for the contact, prodeeds to pull out his guitar, and plays Just Like A Woman for Otis, right there in the lobby of the hotel. Otis listens intently, then offers, "Hey Bob, I think you should record it." So he did.


Sat Jul 12 20:40:26 MET DST 1997

Kris Kehr

From: Bellefonte, PA
Home page: http://iul.com/business/kehr/

well, I just like to say that I've loved the band's music for years, and even saw them in Philadelphia a few years back, but after finishing Levon's book last week, the music has come alive, all the albums have more meanig, but more importantly, I've gained some insight into where my music has come because of where Levon's music has come from- the stories of his musical leanings are priceless, and has inspired me to move ahead with the music I write...Thanks, Levon. I'd like to have sushi with you some time. kris kehr


Sat Jul 12 18:31:12 MET DST 1997

Matthew Kerns

From: Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Band is truly the single greatest cohesive unit to ever play together. No matter the problems which may have been faced between the members, onstage they were almost a family. Does anyone out there have the chords to any of the covers that Richard sang, like She knows, Country Boy, or Share Your Love with Me? I would greatly appreciate any leads to finding these songs.


Sat Jul 12 15:34:09 MET DST 1997

Nux Schwartz

From: Durban South Africa

this is a late replay to your e-mail dated 24/06/97. i would like to contribute towards the fund as soon as possible and need to find out how much it would cost in south african currency.i am the guitarist and songwriter for a durban based band called scooters union and we are probebly the biggest band fans in africa there is an album in the making and it's being recorded at home a'la basement tapes style,wich might seem a little pretentious,but it certainly is cheaper that way.we are also toying with the idea of doing a support tour with THE BAND as soon as we have our shit together.to cut along story short;we are currently planning to do a RICK DANKO BENEFIT CONCERT in durban-south africa.there probably wont be a lot of money involved but we are to send all proceeds to the RICK DANKO FUND.if you have any ideas,please let me know. thanks nux schwartz


Sat Jul 12 14:33:47 MET DST 1997

Kevin Mack

From: Saugerties, NY

The web site is great. I grew up listening to the band, and being their "neighbor" ( one of Levon's favorite sayings) I have seen and met them many times as I watched them perform their magic. They have always been gracious, and of course the music has always been great. I truly miss Richard, who used to give me the chills when he did "She Knows" from 5 feet away. An amazing talent. MIss you Rick.


Sat Jul 12 06:22:33 MET DST 1997

Mark Atkins

From: Toronto

Jan, The idea of Band cover songs is great. Can we follow it up? Have a good holiday. Mark.


Sat Jul 12 06:22:11 MET DST 1997

Mark Atkins

From: Toronto

Jan, The idea of Band cover songs is great. Can we follow it up? Have a good holiday. Mark.


Sat Jul 12 05:46:56 MET DST 1997

gregg french

From: chico ca.

wonderful music - thanks


Fri Jul 11 19:02:53 MET DST 1997

Mary Jane

From: New York

Just received the Rick Danko Live CD. The quality is excellent. It captures the energy that you feel at his live shows with great version of Twilight.


Fri Jul 11 03:06:10 MET DST 1997

Kitrick Short

From: Woodstock NY
Home page: http://www.ulster.net/~kitrick

To all single Band fans I think we need a place or personal section where we can find each other what do you think! let Jan know your feelings! I know I would!!! we need a way to connect that caters to our spirits! Rick we all pray for your return!


Fri Jul 11 01:14:30 MET DST 1997

Lex

From: Chiba, Japan

Sorry - the address should read as follows (NB: a comma "," reads as a new line): Rick Danko, Chiba Keimusho, Kaifuka-cho 192, Wakaba-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba-ken, Japan 264


Fri Jul 11 01:08:39 MET DST 1997

Lex

From: Chiba, Japan

Mary Jane Warne suggested that I find out an address that people who wanted to write to Rick could send letters to. I did a bit of phoning - they wouldn't confirm that he was held here, but I suspect it's the most likely place. Even if it's not correct, they may pass the letter on to the correct place - or in the worst case return the letter to sender. The address is of the Chiba Prison. Write to: Rick Danko c/- Chiba Keimusho Kaifuka-cho Wakaba-ku Chiba-shi Chiba-ken Japan 264 He may well appreciate a letter - the joking mood may have worn off by now.


Fri Jul 11 00:52:55 MET DST 1997

David Vecsey

From: Seattle, WA

I'm sorry. I don't know why that sent three times. I apologize for taking up so much space. vecsey.


Fri Jul 11 00:48:31 MET DST 1997

David Vecsey

From: Seattle, WA

A couple quick Rick anecdotes to help me feel better about this whole thing. As a life-long Band nut ... well, we all know what we're feeling right now. My dad took me to see The Last Waltz at Bleeker Street Cinema when I was about 11 and I've been mesmerized ever since. Anecdote No. 1: Got the chance to say hi to Rick one night when he was playing some little bar in Massepequa, Long Island. He was out watching the opening band, having a drink and rapping with anyone who so desired. He was nice as could be and seemed to authentically acknowledge -- and even confirm -- just how much The Band has meant to me. The place was shitty and not a Danko-type of crowd, but he played through it and gave his typically moving -- AND FUN -- performance, which came to a rousing finish when some developmentally-impaired kid in a wheelchair -- who was totally fucked up on something, as well -- was trying to dance (in his chair of course) -- with some trashy Long Island chicks, while some volunteer fireman type whisked him around in circles. The kid fell out of the chair and began to turtle -- ala the kids in Animal House during "Shout" -- Rick kept his cool and played right through it, but damn was it surreal. Anecdote No. 2: When I came across Rick's e-mail address, or one that appeared to be his, I wrote him a note repeating most of what I said to him the year before. But I wrote with a touch of cynicism, thinking it may have been just another asshole who pretends to be somebody on-line. Well, not two nights later, but Rick writes back and admonishes me for my cynicism. Was fucking humble and cool and very human in his response. And, I was glad to note, he had written the e-mail at like 3:50 a.m. Same old Rick. Anecdote No. 3: Friends of mine were walking down the main drag in Woodstock once, when they saw a man who appeared to be Rick Danko standing in a doorway. Figuring, the odds were good, John said: Excuse me ... are you Rick Danko. Rick's response: Why, yes I am Rick Danko. (Long comedic pause before he makes a sweeping gesture with his arm) ... and welcome to Woodstock. Excellent story. I loved that. Thanks for letting me ramble. Hope everyone's cool and hope the Pirate's Ball gets off in some form or another. Peace. Vecsey.


Fri Jul 11 00:46:35 MET DST 1997

David Vecsey

From: Seattle, WA

A couple quick Rick anecdotes to help me feel better about this whole thing. As a life-long Band nut ... well, we all know what we're feeling right now. My dad took me to see The Last Waltz at Bleeker Street Cinema when I was about 11 and I've been mesmerized ever since. Anecdote No. 1: Got the chance to say hi to Rick one night when he was playing some little bar in Massepequa, Long Island. He was out watching the opening band, having a drink and rapping with anyone who so desired. He was nice as could be and seemed to authentically acknowledge -- and even confirm -- just how much The Band has meant to me. The place was shitty and not a Danko-type of crowd, but he played through it and gave his typically moving -- AND FUN -- performance, which came to a rousing finish when some developmentally-impaired kid in a wheelchair -- who was totally fucked up on something, as well -- was trying to dance (in his chair of course) -- with some trashy Long Island chicks, while some volunteer fireman type whisked him around in circles. The kid fell out of the chair and began to turtle -- ala the kids in Animal House during "Shout" -- Rick kept his cool and played right through it, but damn was it surreal. Anecdote No. 2: When I came across Rick's e-mail address, or one that appeared to be his, I wrote him a note repeating most of what I said to him the year before. But I wrote with a touch of cynicism, thinking it may have been just another asshole who pretends to be somebody on-line. Well, not two nights later, but Rick writes back and admonishes me for my cynicism. Was fucking humble and cool and very human in his response. And, I was glad to note, he had written the e-mail at like 3:50 a.m. Same old Rick. Anecdote No. 3: Friends of mine were walking down the main drag in Woodstock once, when they saw a man who appeared to be Rick Danko standing in a doorway. Figuring, the odds were good, John said: Excuse me ... are you Rick Danko. Rick's response: Why, yes I am Rick Danko. (Long comedic pause before he makes a sweeping gesture with his arm) ... and welcome to Woodstock. Excellent story. I loved that. Thanks for letting me ramble. Hope everyone's cool and hope the Pirate's Ball gets off in some form or another. Peace. Vecsey.


Fri Jul 11 00:46:01 MET DST 1997

David Vecsey

From: Seattle, WA

A couple quick Rick anecdotes to help me feel better about this whole thing. As a life-long Band nut ... well, we all know what we're feeling right now. My dad took me to see The Last Waltz at Bleeker Street Cinema when I was about 11 and I've been mesmerized ever since. Anecdote No. 1: Got the chance to say hi to Rick one night when he was playing some little bar in Massepequa, Long Island. He was out watching the opening band, having a drink and rapping with anyone who so desired. He was nice as could be and seemed to authentically acknowledge -- and even confirm -- just how much The Band has meant to me. The place was shitty and not a Danko-type of crowd, but he played through it and gave his typically moving -- AND FUN -- performance, which came to a rousing finish when some developmentally-impaired kid in a wheelchair -- who was totally fucked up on something, as well -- was trying to dance (in his chair of course) -- with some trashy Long Island chicks, while some volunteer fireman type whisked him around in circles. The kid fell out of the chair and began to turtle -- ala the kids in Animal House during "Shout" -- Rick kept his cool and played right through it, but damn was it surreal. Anecdote No. 2: When I came across Rick's e-mail address, or one that appeared to be his, I wrote him a note repeating most of what I said to him the year before. But I wrote with a touch of cynicism, thinking it may have been just another asshole who pretends to be somebody on-line. Well, not two nights later, but Rick writes back and admonishes me for my cynicism. Was fucking humble and cool and very human in his response. And, I was glad to note, he had written the e-mail at like 3:50 a.m. Same old Rick. Anecdote No. 3: Friends of mine were walking down the main drag in Woodstock once, when they saw a man who appeared to be Rick Danko standing in a doorway. Figuring, the odds were good, John said: Excuse me ... are you Rick Danko. Rick's response: Why, yes I am Rick Danko. (Long comedic pause before he makes a sweeping gesture with his arm) ... and welcome to Woodstock. Excellent story. I loved that. Thanks for letting me ramble. Hope everyone's cool and hope the Pirate's Ball gets off in some form or another. Peace. Vecsey.


Fri Jul 11 00:30:08 MET DST 1997

Tom Stack

From: originally from Massapequa, NY now Palm Beach Gardens, FL


Fri Jul 11 00:21:53 MET DST 1997

Tom Stack

From: originally from Massapequa, NY now Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Great site, great phots and sound clips. I miss them a lot, they're still my favorite band, I never get tired of their music. I am sometimes amazed more people don't feel as strongly about The Band as I do. Go figure.


Thu Jul 10 10:01:03 MET DST 1997

Stavros Papaisidorou

From: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

LAst night I had the chance to see the video of The Band in the classi rock albums series. It was great and I was deeply touched by the whole thing. Great footage, great interviews, Robbie was not what we might have feared, he alked with great joy and pride about the making of the first 2 albums and about the rest of the group. Levon was great, Rick was as cheerful as ever, and Garth will blow you away (sic). Once more one could see and hear the making of truly the greatest album ever made. Period. I was sorry it was finished after 55 minutes. It will be on the BBC soon, so get your videos ready and stand-by. DO NOT MISS IT!


Thu Jul 10 03:35:39 MET DST 1997

Turkey Point Productions

Home page: http://members.aol.com/rpppr/index1.html

Check out The Rick Danko Page! It contains info on the new live CD. Help out Rick and family by buying one of the packages!!


Wed Jul 9 22:14:45 MET DST 1997

Dave Bertino

From: Walden, NY

Just got the new Danko live CD, Thanks JR!! I listened to it as soon as I got home, loudly and by myself. Let me just say that any fan of "The Band" should buy this CD. Its raw and stripped down and it's Rick in small intimate settings that seems to bring out the best in him. Some of the hightlights are "Twilight," "Stage Fright," "Long Black Veil," and "Good Thing." The remaining cuts are great but these are outstanding. Buy the CD, help out Rick and get some great music as well. BSM


Wed Jul 9 18:20:32 MET DST 1997

Paul Schoninger

From: Lexington, KY

Hey, Jan. Have a nice vacation. Is The Jan touring anytime soon?


Wed Jul 9 08:07:21 MET DST 1997

(gopher)george rollins

From: charleston, wv

d. blood: yes, rick plead not guilty. a decision by a three judge panel is to be made on jul 25. e-mail me if you can, i will quote from the post article...it may still be available at: www.drudgereport.com enter danko in the a.p. search...


Wed Jul 9 05:47:19 MET DST 1997

Dan Blood, Again

From: California

It's my turn to ask for some clarification on Rick Danko's drug bust. It's unclear to me what has happened in terms of formal proceedings. I could not find the Washington Post article someone referred to. Has Rick pleaded not guilty? Is he awaiting the trial still? Can someone link some of the hard news coming over the Web as it was done when he first got busted? Jan, can you do this? Hey Cooder, my dad lives in Sequim, Wash.

There's a report from Danko's day in court at:
http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/asiapcf/9707/02/AP000883.ap.html.
-- JH


Wed Jul 9 05:38:34 MET DST 1997

Dan Blood

From: California

Cooder, I believe the animosity you spoke of between Levon and Robbie is over copyright issues. At some point it was manuvered to give Robbie full authorship and copyright benefits of most of the songs. What Levon contends, and I'm sure he has a point, is that the songs may have been intialized (that sounds too technical, huh) rather, Robbie had the first idea for the songs but they were collaborative in term of finished product, both music and words. The songs eventually had everyone's signature on them, but Robbie gets most of the loot. I don't know how I'd respond if I were in that situation. Read Levon's book. When this started to happen, and it was a record business deal involving Al Grossman etc., hard feelings abounded. Seems Levon has taken it the hardest, perhaps because so much of him is in those songs.


Wed Jul 9 05:06:14 MET DST 1997

ron kwasman

From: chicago

great website,so sad about r.d,hope it all works out!


Wed Jul 9 04:39:23 MET DST 1997

Nancy Breedlove

From: Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan

My husband and I are fans of Robbie Robertson (in fact, my husband resembles him a lot). Anyway, we'd love to see Robbie Robertson and/or The Band if they ever visit the Detroit area. Does anyone know if they intend to play here within the next year?


Wed Jul 9 00:35:13 MET DST 1997

Cooder

From: Port Angeles, Washington - USA -

I am very impressed by this website. Thank you very much. Only upon surfing into this site did I learn of Rick Danko's recent legal entanglement in Japan. Hopefully, their govt. will determine that it is in everybody's best interest if they release Rick from their authority - perhaps ban him from Japan for awhile - and appropriately recommend the proper course of treatment. Also, I saw The Band around 1983 open a show for The Grateful Dead. The Band (with Richard and Robbie-less) blew the dead away that night (Sorry Deadheads). Finally, I wish I could better understand why Levon Helm is so upset w/Robbie Robertson. From what I've read, it has something to do with the fact that Robbie wanted out and Levon felt that The Band should stick together. Unless there's a good reason, I don't understand the basis for animosity. If someone REALLY understands what that is about, would you please post that info. here. Thanks from the Olympic Peninsula.


Wed Jul 9 00:06:33 MET DST 1997

Kevin

From: Cranford, NJ

This is a fabulous site!! The Band is my favorite group. They sing some of the best songs I've ever heard. I never get enough of their music. Up On Cripple Creek, Life Is A Carnival, The Weight and, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down are amoung my favorite songs. I loved it when I got to see them in person at The RiverFest in Trenton, NJ in Sept. '96. The Band is the GREATEST!! UP HIGH!!


Tue Jul 8 13:57:59 MET DST 1997

Paul

From: Poughkeepsie NY

Saw Levon and the Crowmatics in New Paltz NY, Sat. June 28. The show is sort of a musical revue, with Levon sharing lead vocals with a woman backup singer, keyboardman Aaron Hurwitz, and a great, bluesy guitarist named Jimmy Eppard. Randy Ciarlante on drums (who also had a lead vocal or two) and Jim Weider on guitar rounded out the act, along with a bassist. Not much Band music to be heard: Rag Mama Rag, Atlantic City, Same Thing (from Jericho) and The Weight as a finale. Encore consisted of Hand Jive and Danko's Java Blues. The rest of the set was a lot of well-played 12-bar blues and rock roadhouse tunes that we've all heard but can't quite name, if you know what I mean. Interestingly, Levon spent the entire show perched on a stool, front and center, playing mandolin and harmonica -- but no drums at all. Not a word about Rick's situation. I add my well wishes and prayers to all those that have been expressed here previously. Buy the Live Danko CD, Band-fans!


Tue Jul 8 13:45:36 MET DST 1997

(gopher)george rollins

From: charleston, wv usa

hello, hato! thank you for your message. your english is fine. i understood you very well, with a few minor exceptions, to be expected, of course. i will be replying to you very soon, so be looking for my mail... best wishes. -g.


Tue Jul 8 13:23:13 MET DST 1997

quentin

From: ct.
Home page: www.soundauthority.com

sorry to hear about the way things are going in japan. hope they send ricky home. we'd like to feature his solo album on our site next month when we get up andn running.i have tickets to see the band at thunder ridge on july17. are they still playing that show? good luck ricky we'll see you soon.QQQ


Tue Jul 8 10:54:15 MET DST 1997

Masahiro Sumori

From: Tokyo, Japan

I forgot to mention what a great site this is! Keep up the good work Jan. I love it!


Tue Jul 8 07:40:27 MET DST 1997

Masahiro Sumori

From: Tokyo, Japan
Home page: http://www.wellcomm.co.jp/~blues/

As a Band fan of many years, I can't put in words how much I am disappointed about Rick Danko's recent drug smuggling matter. I live in Tokyo, and saw him perform here in April. He did a good set which made me feel happy that I have been a fan. And then he gets arrested for a cheap thing like this. Okay, maybe he was in Japan too long, and couldn't wait any longer for another snort. Even if I admit that, I would never be able to accept his attitude at the court. His wife mistakenly sent heroin instead of his medication? Oh, come on! If he was trying to find an excuse, couldn't he come up with a better one? I think nobody in the right mind (not to mention the judges) would believe that kind of cheap excuse. Or did he think Japanese people in general were that stupid? hato is absolutely right that there would be no extenuation for him. How's that possible when the person in concern not admitting the charges? I don't think I will stop being his fan, but I certainly feel like I've been rudely betrayed, and I feel 'stupid'. Least he could do was to apologize at the court for this whole matter, and the fans would have felt much better. I would still feel very sad though, as it looks like we will never see The Band performing in Japan again. It took Paul McCartney over 10 years to be allowed back to Japan again after he got caught with drugs here. Let's hope the things would be straightened out soon...


Tue Jul 8 03:05:34 MET DST 1997

Bill S.

From: Nutley, N.J.

There are very few artists whose music I still enjoy after almost thirty years. The Beatles, Al Stewart, and The Band. There's a line up any music fan could live with. Nice to see other Band-fans from Joisey signing in.


Mon Jul 7 02:29:48 MET DST 1997

Wilhelmina Hoston-Suttles

From: Wash., DC/Hyattsville, MD/ via Monroe, Louisiana

The band is fantastic. So is Billy Preston and I am grateful for the wonderful music that he has produced with the gospel. Your sounds and tone are heavenly. The music is for "GOD". I have written a few songs that I would love for you Billy and and I to produce. I have the words for one and music. The other, just words. I like the sounds, and how you did God's Creation. Just a master piece. Please contact me, for further discussions. God has put these songs in me for me to get them out to the world. He's got me quite busy now doing things bringing his words to the world. Please call or write: (301) 270-9530 (24hrs) 506 Chillum Place, #101 Hyattsville, MD 20783 (address) Thank you, Look to hear from you soon. God Be with You.


Sun Jul 6 23:53:33 MET DST 1997

David Warner

From: Dallas, TX

I really like this site, a wonderful tribute to Levon and the boys. Rick, we all pray for you, brother.


Sat Jul 5 16:41:47 MET DST 1997

Dave

From: Clifton NJ

I think that this is a great web site! I hope that the Japanees judges go easy on Ol'Rick. Most people would not have survived his crash in 1968 I bet he IS in constant pain and needs medication. If he is jailed I hope he gets the medication that he requires. Let's hope that the kick he out of Japan and tell him not to come back.


Fri Jul 4 15:56:20 MET DST 1997

Lex

From: Chiba, Japan

Hello Hato, R.D., all, Chiba is a place in Japan - near Tokyo - site of the main international airport - and site of Rick's trial which was on the 2nd. Hato mentioned that Rick did not "reflect". Yes, that's important in Japan. Offering only "excuses" is very bad. I wonder how easy it would be to go and visit the poor basist. Where do you live Hato?


Fri Jul 4 12:59:48 MET DST 1997

Joe Costantino

From: Northvale, N.J.

Hello fellow Band fans Pray for Rick. Buy the CD. I hope he uses this bad situation to get off the horse. Any thing we can do to help.......... Joe.


Fri Jul 4 08:34:41 MET DST 1997

hato

From: Japan

Hi, R.D.
"Chiba" is one of prefecture in Japan, famous of Narita International Airport and Tokyo Disneyland. Mr.? Lex lives in Chiba too.
I do not get information only TV-News (Chiba's local), when Rick appers in a law court and testified, he did not seem to accept a sin nothing, and he did olny an excuse, didn't reflection and apology. I think it therefore natural that there is not room of extenuation by a judge.
It's illegal in Japan, Lex says. Paul McCartney is arrested too at the past in Narita and there may be a thing put in a detention center in early '80's.
I can not think I did not know it when he is illegal about the thing in Japan. So I feel sad.


Fri Jul 4 02:53:10 MET DST 1997

R. D.

From: Ontario

What does Chiba mean?


Fri Jul 4 01:02:32 MET DST 1997

Lex

From: Chiba, Japan

I live just a few kilometers from where Rick's trial was. I wish he had chosen his words more carefully. Heroin is not as common in this country. It's just feared as a very dangerous foreign drug. Flippancy didn't help his case. I can't think of two more different cultures - The slow talking, easy going, smiling Band culture - and the Japan police force.


Thu Jul 3 19:52:47 MET DST 1997

manuel gonzalez

From: vermont

I'm thinking it's about time that people out there started to relize' the real power the bands music has over any one who here's it . if any one has tapes avilable I would love to have some rare band stuff for my radio show if you can help help e-mail me or write me manuel gonzalez goddard college plainfield VT 05667 manuelg@earth.goddard.com


Thu Jul 3 12:50:01 MET DST 1997

TJP

From: MD

GREAT site,.. just whats all this " au " files. . we need some .wav's !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please think about changin some over .. PLEASE ???

The .au files are 8-bit sound samples, playable with the built-in sound players that come with the standard versions of the major web browsers like Netscape and MS Internet Explorer. If you have problems playing the .au files you need to look at how your browser program is configured. 8-bit sound is not of very high quality but gives reasonably sized files to download. We are thinking about converting the audio files to both RealAudio streams and to the very compact MPEG-3 format.
-- JH


Thu Jul 3 09:53:20 MET DST 1997

Nigel K.

From: California, currently living in Manchester, UK

A great web site for the greatest of them all. No matter what happens to Rick and the Band, the music will live forever.


Thu Jul 3 08:39:28 MET DST 1997

gopher

From: charleston, wv

just read the ap story on danko's hearing...what was he thinking? surely he was afforded counsel. how incompetent could they have been? perhaps a translation problem caused his lawyer(s) not to realize what he was saying until it was too late, but at some point someone should most certainly have told him to shut up! surely, he was trying to be sincere, but how could he, or counsel, not have understood how easily his admissions might be construed as western arrogance, and disrespect for japanese law, and culture, as well as that of his own country, by the judges? "let's see if we understand you, mr. danko. you say you've been using heroin for almost thirty years, now, and being fully aware of our law in regard to it, you admit to arriving on our soil stoned. further you state that, given the opportunity, you would have not hesitated to use the drug while within this jurisdiction. yet, you wish the court to believe said heroin came unknowingly into your possession, as a result of your wife's confusion? we are not fools, sir, as you will conclude during your two and a half year incarceration." sure hope i'm wrong, folks, but that's about how it looks to me. i bet if he had just plead guilty, or at least offered no information that wasn't germaine to the specific charges, he'd be landing at lax on about the 26th... well, maybe lack of competent counsel is grounds for appeal in japan. best hope his "stupid" wife doesn't divorce him in the meantime...whatta mess! ...by the way: the ap story i refer to is by kelly olsen, from washingtonpost.com wednesday, july 2, 1997; 1:46 p.m. edt


Thu Jul 3 06:01:13 MET DST 1997

hato

From: Japan

Hi! Last Night I saw TV News... about Danko's trial. So sad... but I will bought his new CD! I'm waiting to set him free and till then I hear The Band's song.


Thu Jul 3 01:46:40 MET DST 1997

ROBERT LEONETTI

From: MEMPHIS, TN


Wed Jul 2 23:08:36 MET DST 1997

Dave

From: Minneapolis

The Band cancelled their concert in Minneapolis which was scheduled for yesterday. Word is that they will continue with their tour next week. Someone give us a review of Rick's new live CD, please. From the songlist it should be good.


Wed Jul 2 22:06:46 MET DST 1997

Penelope

From: TO

According to today's associated press report Rick has pleaded not guilty and a decision will be made on July 25 by a three judge panel.


Wed Jul 2 20:56:21 MET DST 1997

Chris Lecky

From: Cincinnati, Ohio

I am pulling for you Rick, hope to see you on tour soon. I hope you will be playing in Hartford.


Wed Jul 2 20:13:11 MET DST 1997

Paul

From: Brighton, MA

I'm agreeing with Serena here. I love the music. Love The Band. The "Old Band" ruled the world. The "New Band" ain't so bad. Like this site here a whole lot. But Rick's a smack addict. And it's time to deal.


Wed Jul 2 20:08:41 MET DST 1997

Serena Russell

From: NYC

OK, I loved The Band when it was The Band and if you still want to call it The Band with only a couple of the originals still in it, I'M certainly not going to argue with you, but all this sympathy for Rick is a bit much. Yo, Rick, like STOP DOING HEROIN, dude! I'm sorry you can't get it off your back. The end result of NOT doing anything about it, however, is sickness, arrest, jail, hospital, and sometimes death. You have a great voice and you're probably the nicest guy on earth. But you're a junkie. Deal with it.


Wed Jul 2 17:21:44 MET DST 1997

MARY JANE

From: NEW YORK

Best wishes to Rick. Come home soon.


Wed Jul 2 15:23:50 MET DST 1997

Rick Smith

From: Denton, TX

Rick-- Hoping today goes well and you're free & back in the states for INDEPENDENCE day! Will be anxiously checking this site for news. . .


Wed Jul 2 14:48:35 MET DST 1997

Carole

From: Boston

The Band seems to attract a lot of males with high opinions of their own opinions. And then, of course, also me..............


Wed Jul 2 14:19:33 MET DST 1997

Mike Winter

From: Portland, Oregon (Oregon City)

To Rick -- Hang in there, my friend...Hope you get home SOON!


Wed Jul 2 13:34:42 MET DST 1997

Lars Pedersen

From: Pine Bush,NY

Good luck today, Rick.


Tue Jul 1 20:51:13 MET DST 1997

John Bosslet

From: Elk Grove Village, IL


Tue Jul 1 16:50:07 MET DST 1997

Chris Lecky

From: Cincinnati

Great web site. I have been a fan for many years. I will be in Conn. on August 15 to see their show in Bushnell park.


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