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  • New article in The Philadelphia Inquirer: "Robbie Robertson on The Band, Bob Dylan and his Shore Days" Quote:
    "The guitarist was speaking from a recording studio in Los Angeles, where he is finishing his score for Scorsese's film Silence, set in 16th-century Japan. It's due in New York and Los Angeles by Christmas, before opening wide next year. He's also beginning work on his first solo album since 2011's How to Become Clairvoyant"(!).





  • Crazy Chester Records presents:
    40th Anniversary Celebration of the Music of the Band and Levon Helm

    Marriott Conference Center, Florence AL
    Saturday, November 5th, 2016
    8:00PM (7:00PM: Doors)

    The lineup includes Tom "Bones" Malone who is best known for his work with the Blues Brothers and Late Night with David Letterman. Malone was in the horn section of the original Last Waltz and will lead the Muscle Shoals Horns at the show. He'll bring the horn arrangements he wrote for the Band. Wet Willie's Jimmy Hall, who's currently touring Europe fronting Jeff Beck's band will be a featured performer along Tommy Talton, Scott Boyer, Donnie Fritts, Mickey Buckins, Russell Mefford, Mitch Mann, Mark Narmore, Dana Abbott, David Hood and various others. The house band includes bass player Paul Ossola who was a member of Levon Helm's band and can be heard on Helm's Grammy winning album Ramble At The Ryman.


  • Here's an excerpt from Robbie Robertson's upcoming autobiography Testimony, published in Vanity Fair magazine.


  • Garth Hudson will be touring New Zealand next month, together with Sister Maud Hudson and producer legend John Simon! They will be playing The Last Waltz 40th anniversary concerts, joined by "NZ's finest musicians and artists":

    • Tuesday, November 22, Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch
    • Wednesday, November 23, Opera House, Wellington
    • Thursday, November 24, The Civic, Auckland

    Tickets available from Ticketmaster.


  • Robbie Robertson will be doing a Testimony book tour in the US and Canada in November and December, promoting his new autobiography:

    • November 15, NYC Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Manhattan, New York
    • November 16, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • November 17, St. James Episcopal Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • November 18, Lower Canada College High School, Saputo Auditorium, Montreal, Quebec
    • November 21, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto, Ontario
    • November 29, The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles, California
    • November 30, Angelico Hall Dominican University, San Rafael, California
    • December 2, University Temple United Methodist Church, Seattle, Washington
    • December 5, University Centre Farquhar Auditorium, Victoria, British Columbia

  • A companion CD to Robbie's autobiography Testimony will also be released in November 2016. This compilation "highlights some of the career highs from Robbie's career that he writes about in the book, including playing with The Hawks, The Band, Bob Dylan and his own solo work."


  • In November 2016, Rhino Records will release four 40th anniversary editions of The Last Waltz, pairing the audio and video for the first time:

    1. 40th Anniversary Edition - Original soundtrack with newly remastered audio from the original master tapes on two CDs.

    2. 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition - Complete audio from the concert, including rehearsals and outtakes, plus the film on Blu-Ray.

    3. 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Vinyl - Complete audio from the concert, including rehearsals and outtakes, pressed on 180-gram vinyl for the first time and presented in an ornate lift-top box.

    4. 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition - Limited to 2,500 copies, this version includes:

      • Complete audio from the concert

      • The film on Blu-ray

      • Second Blu-Ray disc including a rarely seen interview from the 1990s with Martin Scorsese and Robbie Robertson, photo gallery, and 5.1 audio mix of the original album

      • 300-page book, bound in red faux-leather with a full replication of Scorsese's shooting script, rare and previously unseen photos, set sketches, three foldout storyboards, a foreword by director Martin Scorsese, and an essay from screenwriter Mardik Martin.


  • Jonathan Katz sent us this one:
    "For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: 25 Years Ago Tonight, The Band Played Fast and Cool" -- article by Robert Wilonsky, published in the Dallas Observer in February 2012, including a link to a downloadable recording (91 minutes!) of The Band's concert at the Fast & Cool Club in Dallas, TX, January 6, 1987.

  • Added 1971 photos of Robbie Robertson and Richard Manuel in Amsterdam. Contributed by Hilda Fernhout.

  • Sharper and better version of a '70s photo of Garth Hudson behind the Lowrey organ. Thanks to photographer John Scheele for the contribution.

  • "The Weight -- covers" -- article by Peter Viney, with scans of old ads and 45 singles.

  • New live compilations with Bob Dylan and the Hawks/Band are on their way:

  • "Robbie Robertson on his best albums, from The Band to Dylan" -- September 2016 article from Uncut magazine.

  • New book coming out in November: The Band FAQ -- All That's Left to Know About the Fathers of Americana, by musician and music writer Peter Aaron.

  • From YouTube: Compilation of Bob Dylan and The Hawks 1966 concert footage!



  • One of our major contributors has left us. May you rest in peace, Serge Daniloff.


  • [photo]
    It's Garth Hudson's 79th birthday today! We send our best wishes to Garth and Sister Maud Hudson.

  • Recommended Facebook page: Photography by John Scheele -- "original photography by John Scheele of The Band, Bob Dylan & friends from 1969 to 1976". Yesterday, Scheele posted a lovely, previously unseen, photo from the Stage Fright sessions, captioned "Levon working out his part for 'Daniel and the Sacred Harp' - Woodstock Playhouse (1970)".


  • David Powell has left us. He was a major contributor to this site for nearly 20 years. David was a fountain of musical knowledge and a brilliant writer. He was also very kind and nice to everyone when posting in our guestbook, even when the discussions got a bit heated -- read some of the recent posts in the guestbook to see the respect and love our long-time followers have for David. Some of David Powell's contributions can be found here:

    May you rest in peace.



  • At The Imperial in Vancouver, Friday June 10, 2016:
    A TRIBUTE TO THE BAND, featuring: Khari McClelland + Rich Hope + Lydia Hol + Dustin Bental + Kalissa Landa and Ashley Grant- Evangeline + Kenton Lowen + Karina Morin + The Paperboys! All backed up by: Acadian Driftwood, featuring: Scott Smith, Eric Nielsen, Tom Landa, Darryl Havers and Liam MacDonald.
    Check out for tickets and more info.


  • A new exhibition of The Band photographs is opening on June 9th at the Proud Camden Gallery in London, UK:
    "Proud Camden is delighted to present The Band Photographs 1968-1969, an exclusive collection of both iconic and never-before-seen photographs documenting the making of the group's first two albums, Music from Big Pink and The Band, through the lens of close friend and renowned photographer Elliott Landy."
    See the press release for more information about this lovely exhibition.


  • Garth Hudson and Sister Maud Hudson will perform with legendary producer Hal Willner at The Stone in New York City on June 18, 2016!


  • The official release date for Robbie Robertson's new autobiography Testimony: A Memoir is November 15, 2016.



  • The play Manuel, about The Band's singer and piano player Richard Manuel, will be performed at the Paul Davenport Theatre in London, Ontario from April 26th to May 1st, 2016. For tickets and more information, check out


  • 30 years ago, on March 4th 1986, we lost the great Richard Manuel. Too soon gone.



  • The Levon & the Hawks box set still hasn't been abandoned and might be released this year, acording to this article from The Toronto Star about producer Jan Haust and engineer Peter Moore.





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