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- New photos found on Facebook recently:
- From Rolling Stone: "Hear Robbie Robertson, Chris Shiflett Talk Bob Dylan, Americana -- guitarist and famed member of the Band visits 'Walking the Floor' podcast to discuss his remarkable career".
- Robbie Robertson posted the following on Facebook, 05.23.2017:
Muddy Waters at The Last Waltz
There's been a misconception over the years that I should clearly straighten out.
While we were inviting musical guests to join us for the Band's Last Waltz concert, Levon suggested Muddy Waters. We had always been big admirers of his music, and were unquestionably influenced by him. There was a period in the early 60's when Muddy's records rarely left the turntable. The only concern amongst the members of the Band was -- could we do justice and play his songs as well as we knew them from those amazing Chess recordings?
Muddy originally came from the Mississippi Delta in an area just across the river from where Levon grew up. Levon's ties to the blues of his homeland were a strong bond and I completely understood his desire to have Muddy join us. Levon was totally confident in our ability to play with Muddy, so we completely embraced the idea.
At our rehearsal before the concert, Muddy brought along his piano man Pinetop Perkins and guitarist Bob Margolin. We also invited Paul Butterfield, the master blues harp player, to join us.
Muddy had been up to Levon's barn in Woodstock NY and recorded the old classic song, "Caledonia", so he suggested we do that one. I asked about Muddy's amazing "Mannish Boy" track, and Bob Margolin thought was a great choice, and gave us the lowdown on the arrangement.
Playing with Muddy and these guys at the concert was definitely one of the highlights of the night for us.
Someone claimed years later that there had been a dispute over whether Muddy's performance would be included in the Last Waltz movie. This is absolutely untrue. Then, to top it off, I heard that we'd contemplated replacing Muddy's performance in the film with Neil Diamond's. Ridiculously false. No one involved, not Marty, nor any of us, ever considered not including Muddy in the film. His performance in The Last Waltz is phenomenal and speaks for itself.
I seriously needed to dispel these absurd claims.
Levon Helm, May 26, 1940 -- Apr 19, 2012
Five years gone
The music will live forever
- More information about the upcoming all-star benefit concert for the Autism Think Tank
in Glendale, CA, headlined by Garth and Sister Maud Hudson,
where The Band's first two albums will be played in their entirety:
"Wild Honey Foundation to salute The Band on March 25"
Tickets start at $25 and are available
- And here is the
poster for the March 25 The Band tribute/benefit gig with Garth and Maud (click to enlarge);
1992 TV beer commercial, with the legendary Levon Helm singing the praise of Bud Light :-)
- On March 25, Garth Hudson will join
Jackson Browne, Peter Case, Don Was, Steve Wynn, Victoria Williams, Syd Straw, Vicki Peterson and two dozen other mostly L.A.-based musicians in performing the first two critically acclaimed albums from The Band,
Music From Big Pink and The Band in their entirety, at the
Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA. Check out this
article from the Los Angeles Times for more information.
- 31 years ago today, we lost the great Richard Manuel :-(
- More photos found on Facebook added to the archives:
- We will of course contribute to the fundraiser for a Levon Helm memorial on his home turf in Arkansas. Check out
promo video (featuring Amy Helm, C.W. Gatlin and Anna Lee) to see why and how you can participate too.
Garth Hudson, one of two remaining original members of The Band, will be joining the 2017 Last Waltz 40 Tour for two special shows at The Palace Theatre in Albany, NY and MGM National Harbor in Washington, DC to celebrate the Band's 40th Anniversary of their historical farewell concert.
Hudson, the iconic multi-instrumentalist has been credited by his band members and brothers Robbie, Levon, Rick, and Richard for being the resident musical genius of The Band and helped create their unmistakable sound.
Details for the two engagements are below:
- Thursday, February 2 in Albany, New York at The Palace Theatre
- Saturday, February 4 in Oxon Hill (Washington, DC), Maryland at MGM National Harbor
Tickets can be purchased at: lastwaltz40tour.com.
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