- A Happy New Year to all contributors and visitors to The Band web site!
- From the Jim Weider web site:
Jim Weider & The Honky Tonk Gurus finished their new album called Remedy. It will be released on Dreamsville Records (Japan) January 17th 2002. Featuring 8 original tunes and 2 covers, "The Weight" and "Subterranean Homesick Blues" w/ special guests Merl Saunders, Mavis Staples, Garth Hudson, Tony Levin and more...
- Robbie Robertson has been selected to write original music for the
opening ceremonies at the
Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
- Robbie Robertson will deliver the keynote address opening the 16th annual South by Southwest
Music and Media Conference (SXSW) in Austin, TX, March 14, 2002.
A newly restored print of The Last Waltz,
remixed in 5.1
surround sound, will be screened during the music portion of the SXSW conference. In addition,
Robertson will meet with music journalist and former Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres for a
one-on-one Q&A included in the SXSW panel schedule.
South by Southwest web site for more details.
- Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel played on the 1972 album
Sweet Dreams and Quiet Desires by the group Borderline. A second album from Borderline
was recorded in 1973, with a stellar cast of musicians, but it was
never released by United Artists.
It is now available as Borderline - The Second Album from EMI Japan. Thanks to
Borderline member Jon Gershen for sending us a copy of the new CD.
- Santa is back on a few frequently used pages at this site! Click him to hear Rick Danko's 1987
live version of "Christmas Must Be Tonight" in RealAudio.
- Cover art scans added for the bootleg The Last Moving Shadows. Contributed by Kevin Gilbertson.
- New January 2002 concert dates for Levon Helm & the Barn Burners and Professor Louie & the Crowmatix.
- Added an article about Rick Danko, from the
Woodstock Journal, December 1999.
- Rick Danko left us two years ago, on December 10th, 1999.
- Added an interview with Rick Danko, from Musician magazine, December 1993.
- Included the complete interview with Levon Helm from Modern Drummer, August 1984. Thanks to Mike Rietmann for typing and sending us the article.
- New concert date for
Jim Weider & the Honky Tonk Gurus, Bethlehem, PA, 12/29/2001.
- New concert dates for
Professor Louie & the Crowmatix and Levon Helm & the Barn Burners.
- Added more photos of Levon and Garth from
the 2001 sessions in Joe "Guido" Welsh's studio, for the album Seaworthy.
- Added a page for the album Seaworthy (Lucky Man Clark, 2002), featuring Garth Hudson and Levon Helm.
- Garth Hudson will appear at the first annual Boogie Woogie Christmas in Windsor, Ontario
(where Garth was born, right across the river from Detroit, Michigan),
Thursday, December 6, 2001, together with
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Johnnie Johnson, Boogie Woogie Hall of Famer Bob Seeley, three-time Handy Award nominee David Maxwell, Dona Oxford, Robert Jones, Mudpuppy, Thornetta Davis and others.
Garth will perform at least one solo number and join others on stage.
Show lasts from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
The location is Ciociaro Club and Multiplex,
3745 N. Talbot Road,
Oldcastle, Ontario, Canada.
Phone (519) 737-6153 for tickets, prices and information.
"I think I got [the phrase 'All Things Must Pass'] from Richard Alpert/ Baba Ram Dass, but I'm not sure.
When you read of philosophy or spiritual things, it's a pretty widely used phrase. I wrote it after
[the Band's 1968] "Music From Big Pink" album; when I heard that song in my head I
always heard Levon Helm singing it!"
--George Harrison, 2000. Rest in Peace.
- Added photos of Rick Danko et. al skiing(!) in Norway, 1994.
- New photos by Bob Pierce from the
concert with Jim Weider & the Honky Tonk Gurus, Pattenburg, NJ, 09.28.2001.
- Check out the article about Garth Hudson from
the London Free Press, London, Ontario, November 25.
- New concert date for Levon Helm & the Barn Burners, Asbury Park, NJ, 12.14.2001.
- Added chords for the song "Sleeping". Contributed by Patrick Swanson.
- Included photos from a 1969 Band concert.
- New article about Garth Hudson, from the
Albuquerque Journal North,
- Robbie Robertson is appearing in a new TV ad. for GAP clothing, see the story
from the Chicago Sun-Times for details.
- According to CDNow, a DVD re-release of the Band video
The Authorized Biography
is available from November 20th. The DVD is a region 1 encoded disc,
for use in the US and Canada only,
- New photos by Tom Lennox
from a concert with The Band, The Cate Brothers and Paul Butterfield, in
Woodstock, NY, August 1983.
- Added an article about Garth Hudson from the Woodstock Times, August 2001.
Contributed by Tom Lennox.
- Included Mark T. Gould's impressions from
a recent visit/ interview with Garth Hudson.
- Added a page for the 2001 Ronnie Hawkins album
Can't Stop Rockin., featuring Levon and Robbie.
- Included a new review of Professor Louie's 2000 album
Over the Edge, featuring Rick, Levon and Garth.
- New concert dates for Garth Hudson and Professor Louie & the
- Added photos from the Last Waltz 25th anniversary concert
in Chicago this weekend. Contributed by Bill Paige. Videos and tapes from
the event may be made available to users of this site later, if
- Included a page for the various-artists album
City Folk Live IV, featuring Rick Danko.
- On the back cover of alt.country singer/ songwriter and former
Whiskeytown member Ryan Adams' latest album, the wonderful Gold,
you can see a pile of
vinyls on a bed. The album on the top is none other than the
album by The Band. It's almost unrecognizable, given the point of
view, but any Band fan will notice it...
- Correction: Garth Hudson's The
Sea to the North is in stock at major net shops like
e.g. CDnow. But Woodstock Records
is still the best place to go shopping for Levon, Garth and Ricky's
newer albums, plus they have other great stuff like Professor Louie & the
Crowmatix and Kevin Doherty.
- Added an MPEG-2 videoclip (6.1MB downloadable file) with Levon Helm, from the new Dylan A&E video biography. The Dylan bio has several short interviews with Levon, and some footage with Dylan and the
Band from the Isle of Wight and Stockholm '66.
Dag E. Braathen.
- Breeze Hill Records and Woodstock Records have now merged.
The Breeze Hill website is gone, but all
albums, t-shirts and other merchandise can
be ordered through Woodstock Records.
Garth Hudson's album The Sea To The North is yet to be released.
Woodstock Records is currently the only place Garth's CD can be found along with all Breeze Hill CDs,
including "Professor Louie" and The Crowmatix, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, and Kevin Dougherty.
- Added a page for the new Robbie Robertson bootleg Live in Italy. This bootleg CD seems to have been
produced from material downloaded from this site.
Contributed by Jonathan Katz.
- Included the video
The Celebration Continues - Woodstock '79, featuring Rick Danko w/Paul Butterfield. Contributed by Jonathan Katz.
- New photos of Levon Helm & the Barn Burners by Don Buroker, from the King
Biscuit Blues festival, October 2001.
- Included a page for the Japanese album
Hoagyland (Various Artists, 2000), featuring Garth Hudson.
- Added an article w/photos
from the October 2001 King Biscuit Blues Fest in
Helena, AR, including a review of Levon Helm & the Barn Burners.
- An accomplished group of students and staff from
the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, IL, will celebrate the 25th anniversary
Last Waltz, the legendary final concert by The Band, with a tribute on the
school's main stage Friday, November 2, 2001, at 9 p.m.
The OTSFM tribute will feature more than 20 songs performed at
the original concert, including such favorites as "Up on Cripple Creek," "The
Weight" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."
The concert is free. Several local charitable organizations, including the
Peace Museum and The Greater Chicago Food Depository, have been invited to
collect donations and distribute information.
- Added a photo of Joe Lore in Marvell, AR, to the fans section of the photo gallery.
- Included more information about the new Nick Lowe tribute album
Labour of Love, featuring Levon Helm.
- Added an
MPEG-3 file (10.4MB!) with a live cover version of "The Weight," by the
Buffalo, NY band moe., recorded September 2001.
Thanks thanks to the source and taper, Jon McLennand.
- Included a 1987 Robbie Robertson interview from Rolling Stone. Thanks to Douglas J. Hughes for sending us the original printed version.
- Added photos of Levon Helm & the RCO All-Stars in Tokyo, 1978.
- Added a review of a May 2000
concert with Levon Helm & the Barn Burners.
- Now what is this all about? Not to mention
this? New film with The Band in all it's 1970 glory?
And what are the Germans up to?
- Added lyrics for the following songs:
Transcriptions by Steven Knowlton.
- The guestbook is back, now as a moderated forum. This means there will be a delay from your submission of an entry until it shows up in the guestbook. If it passes
the "noisefilter," that is. Enjoy.
- The guestbook at this site will be back soon (I hope), as a
moderated forum, where a group of "moderators" will help me filter out
the noise. I need some volunteers, that are willing to read through
submitted entries before they are added to the site. Please send me
an e-mail if you want to be a moderator. Thanks.
- New concert dates and information for Garth and Maud Hudson:
- The October 12
Halifax Pop Explosion
concert in Halifax, Novia Scotia, with the Crowmatix and many other guests, will
take place at St Anthonio's Community Hall.
- The next afternoon, Saturday October 13, Garth and Maud, with the Crowmatix,
will perform their own show at the
Cathedral Church of All Saints, 5732 College Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
This is the concert to catch, it will be a very special, great Garth gig, where he
will play a Casavante pipe organ (built in 1910) for a few numbers.
- Garth and Maud will be performing with Eric Andersen and Eric Bazilian on October
27th, Saturday, at the Woodstock Guild, Woodstock, NY. Maud Hudson might sing the new
melody she wrote for "Amazon."
- Garth and Maud are both performing on November 7th, Wednesday, at St. Mark's Church, 131 E. 10th St., New York, NY.
Staged by the great Hal Willner, it is
titled the "Hal Willner's Doc Pomus Project." Lou Reed and Little Jimmy Scott have also signed on for the event
among various other artists.
- Largo (the play), featuring Garth and Maud, is still supposed to start up again in November. Watch this site
as we receive more information.
- Cover art and track list added for the various-artists album
American Heartbeat. Contributed by Peter Viney.
- Added pages for the albums
Skydreams (Jazz Chromatic Ensemble, 1995) and
Disraeli Years (Various Artists, 1998).
- The following titles have been included in the list of albums with cover versions of
The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings (Frank Sinatra, 1995),
Trancendence (Tulku, 1995),
Totally Live '99 (Michel Montecrossa, 2000),
Keeper of the Flame (Luka Bloom, 2000),
Cyberborn (Michel Montecrossa, 2001) and
Fourth Time Around (Michel Montecrossa, 2001).
- For those of you worried about catching the new "Nimda" computer virus from the
web: The Band web site is completely safe to visit, as it is based on the Apache web
server for Linux. "Nimda" and similar viruses can only be spread by the MicroSoft Internet
Server or by e-mail, to users of the Windows programs Outlook Express and/or MS Internet Explorer.
Also, The Band server delievers only "passive" web pages, i.e. no Java or other active
content that will run on your computer.
As always, to be on the safe side, never open e-mail
attachements that you don't trust 100%. You may also want to do a virus upgrade of your version
of MS Internet Explorer, or switch to another browser like Netscape Navigator or Opera.
- The track "Hangin' Round Here" on John Hiatt's new album The Tiki Bar Is Open is
a tribute to Levon Helm and The Band, according to the
Hiatt biography at Vanguard Records:
Following 'Everybody Went
Low' is 'Hangin' Round Here,' on which Hiatt and his crew
uncannily resurrect the sound of an immortal North American band. "I
hit thirteen or fourteen when I discovered Bob Dylan, and all of a sudden
I wanted to abandon rock and roll and become a folk troubadour," he says. "So suddenly I had this split in my musical personality;
I kept going back and forth. It took The Band to bring that split together."
Hiatt's singing and Blevins'
drumming are a conscious tribute on this track to Levon Helm. "He's
a god," is how Hiatt puts it. "A wonderful man too. Richard
Manuel was a hero as well -- that permanent hurtin' sound. And on the
last record they put out, I did a duet with Rick Danko on a song of mine, 'Bound By Love.' When I think about that now, well, it's about enough
to make me cry."
- The guestbook at this site has been closed for now, due to abuse.
I have better things to do than provide a discussion forum for idiots
operating from so many ISPs that they are difficult to filter out.
You may want to try posting in the Usenet news group
alt.music.the-band instead. No e-mails about this now, please. Thanks.
- Added the album
Unbonded (The Chamber Brothers, 1974)
to the list of
albums with cover versions.
- New concert dates for Levon Helm & the
- Garth & Maud Hudson, with Professor Louie & the Crowmatix, will play
at the Halifax Pop Explosion festival in
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on October 12th. See also the
article in the Halifax Herald Limited. Thanks to Dag E. Braathen for passing on the
- Included the last two of Ruth Albert Spencer's '80s Band interviews
from the Woodstock Times, with
Once again thanks to Tom Lennox for sending the originals.
Btw, anyone got Mrs. Spencer's e-mail address or other contact information?
- More information and cover art added for Jonas Fjeld's new album
Tidevann, including translated lyrics
for the Rick Danko tribute song "Rick".
- Included Ruth Albert Spencer's '80s
interview with Garth Hudson from the Woodstock Times.
Spencer's interviews with all five Band members were published in the spring of 1985. The
interview with Richard Manuel has been available from
this site for a while; interviews with
Rick, Levon and Robbie will be added soon. A big Thank You to Tom Lennox for sending us
original copies of Woodstock Times.
- New photos of Levon Helm & the Barn Burners, from Toronto, Ontario, July 2001.
- Added a page for the Sea to the North promo CD.
- Included a scan of the cover of the 2001 re-release of The Last Waltz VHS video.
- Added a page for the new Jonas Fjeld album Tidevann, where
Garth Hudson plays on the song "Rick," a tribute to Rick Danko.
- New photos by John Donabie from the concert with Maud and Garth Hudson & friends at the Bearsville Theatre, 08.24.2001.
- Added photos from September 1976 of
Levon Helm and
Photos by Watt Casey, Jr.
Copyright © Watt Casey, Jr, all rights reserved.
- Included the two new various-artists albums
Down the Dirt Road and
Labour of Love,
both featuring Levon Helm.
- New photos by Bruce R. Aydelotte
of Levon Helm w/ Bob Margolin, Somers
Point, NJ, August 2001.
- New photos by Bob Wigo from the
concert with Levon Helm & the Barn Burners in Pocono Mountains, PA, August 18 2001.
- Included a 1994 concert review.
- Added the September 2001 Uncut cover disc
to the list of various-artists albums.
Info. contributed by Peter Viney.
- Please do not expect frequent updates of The Band web site for a
while. Submitted material will appear sooner or (more likely) later.
- Included Peter Viney's review of The Sea to the North.
- Finished cleaning up all the photo archives. All captions, copyright notices etc. are
now on separate HTML-files together with the photo. Should make your browsing a bit more enjoyable.
- Windows/MicroSoft users should probably take a look at
about a couple of new computer viruses/ mail worms that may wipe
out your hard discs.
My Band mailbox is right now flooded with e-mails sent
automatically by this
virus, very many from the computers of people that I have been
in touch with earlier.
As a Linux user, I am immune to these viruses, and I am not spreading
them either. Some of you should probably check to see if you're
infected, and remove all e-mails that starts out like this:
Hi! How are you?
Do not open attachements to these messages.
And, if possible, use something else than the totally insecure
MS Outlook Express program to read e-mail, to avoid more viruses in the future.
I send you this file in order to have your advice.
See you later! Thanks
- The lyrics to the new Counting Crows song with references to Richard Manuel are
available at this page.
- Major cleanup in all the
photo archives. Enjoy.
- Added an MPEG-3 file with a live version of the new, unreleased Counting Crows song
"Richard Manuel Is Dead" to the Miscellaneous Audio Files section
of the sound clip archives. Contributed by Kevin Gilbertson.
- New photo of Levon Helm, from the concert with Levon Helm & the Barn Burners at the
London International Blues Festival, London, Ontario, 07.15.2001. Photo by Ken Wightman. Copyright © 2001
The London Free Press.
Scan by Serge Daniloff.
- Added two
photos of Robbie Robertson at a
studio session for Ronnie Hawkins, 2000.
Robbie played on the song
where Levon Helm added mandolin and drums during another session.
- There's a nice review
in the London Free Press of the recent concert with Levon
Helm & the Barn Burners in London, Ontario.
- New photos of Levon & the Barn Burners, from March 2001. Contributed by Brien Sz.
- Added a 1995 article from Guitar Player Magazine, containing
interviews with both Rick and Robbie. Thanks to author Kevin Ransom for letting us use his articles at The Band web site.
- The release date for Garth Hudson's solo album
The Sea to the North has been changed from July 15th to September 11th.
- Dan "Elwood" Aykroyd joined Levon Helm & the Barn Burners on stage
during their concert at the Silver Dollar Club in Toronto, according
to a July 15 article in the Toronto Star.
- Added the 1972 Norwegian various-artists album
to the list of
albums with cover versions of songs by The Band.
Album info. and cover scan contributed by Dag E. Braathen.
- Added an MPEG-3 sound sample with Lalla Hansson's Swedish cover version
of "Up on Cripple Creek" from the 1971 album
Upp til Ragvaldsträsk.
Audio sampling by Dag E. Braathen.
- Check out the new Yahoo! article about the upcoming
stage version of the 1998 concept album
Largo, featuring Garth Hudson.
Thanks to Dag E. Braathen for hinting us about the article.
- Added a '70s photo
of Rick Danko at the pool table. That guy to the right looks familiar...
- Added the article "A Wonderful New Group",
from Eye magazine, 1968.
The article is significant in that it's
one of the earliest, and it's written by Tony Glover, a blues musician from "Koerner, Ray and
Glover" (Elektra Records), with Elliott Landy photos.
Thanks to Tom Lennox for sending us the original pages from Eye.
- New photos of Jim Weider & the Honky Tonk Gurus
in NJ, May 2001. Contributed by "G-Man."
- Included cover art and a review for Garth's new album
The Sea to the North.
All web pages (~2000 files) at The Band web site have also been equipped with a
thumbnail graphics link to the page for this album.
- Barney Hoskyns' Band biography
Across the Great Divide
is due to be reissued in a revised/expanded version by
Pimlico/Cape next year.
- Added photos of Robbie Robertson at various movie premieres.
- Included a 1984 interview with Levon Helm, from Modern Drummer.
Transcribed from a copy of the orginal interview with Levon, which was included in a book about Dylan. The interview was edited and only the bits that relate to Dylan were included.
Contributed by Erin Sebo.
- Added pages for the two 2001 soundtrack album
The Center of the World
both with involvement by Robbie Robertson.
- The Last Waltz film will be
released on DVD in 2002, together with a remastered-with-bonus-tracks
version of the live album. There's also a new Band box set on the way.
See the Robbie Robertson VH-1 interview for details.
- Added some Band-related entries from Dave Marsh's book
The Heart of Rock and Soul - The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made.
Contributed by Steven Knowlton.
- Included a RealAudio file with the Hammond B3 version of "King Harvest" from Lance Anderson's
2B3 album. Sampling by John Donabie.
- Added Dave Hopkins' article
"The Band Remasters, Volume II", about the May 2001
Rock of Ages,
Northern Lights - Southern Cross and
Islands. The article was written by Dave for this web site.
- New photos from The Last Brown Album Tribute Waltz.
- New concert dates for Levon Helm & the Barn Burners.
- Included photos of Garth Hudson and Hardanger fiddle player Hallvard
Bjørgum in Norway, May 2001. Photos scanned from Agderposten by Dag E. Braathen.
- Check out Seth Rogovoy's new article about the
re-release of The Band's eight original recordings on Capitol Records.
- "Garth will be returning home from the Hudson/Fjeld/Andersen tour soon and
would like to thank the people of Norway for making his visit an enjoyable
one." (and the people of Norway would like to thank Garth and friends for
the many wonderful concerts they've given us over the last month.)