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The Band Guestbook, April '96

Below are the entries in the Band guestbook from April 1996.

Tue Apr 30 22:32:02 MET DST 1996

Ralph McBarron

From: Kansas City

A drunkard's dream if I ever did see one

Tue Apr 30 21:04:48 MET DST 1996

len alcamo

From: fountain city wisconsin u.s.a.

I'm so pleased to have found this site I've been a fan since the beginning. The Band's music has always been popular here in the upper Mississippi River Valley (probably stopped a few people from becoming total deadheads besides). Thanks for the lyrics and cords to Acadian Driftwood a song that I've always wanted to play and sing and could not quite figure out I think it was that Ebmaj9 thanks again and take care

Tue Apr 30 20:04:23 MET DST 1996

Des Thomas

From: Cape Town, South Africa

My first album of the Band was Stagefright many years ago.I couldn't believe that music like that existed. I remember the Band being the first rock and roll group ever getting a cover feature in Time magazine. The Band has many fans in South Africa who would love to see them out here. Keep up the good work.

Tue Apr 30 13:30:52 MET DST 1996

Phil Recchio

From: Livonia, New York (South of Rochester)

I've been enjoying this page for over a year...Great stuff! I had concert tickets to a show that was cancelled in 1976, a few years later, I couldn't get tickets and sat outside the Greek Theater in L.A. and listened. In 1995, I saw The Band in a small venue in Rochester, so close I could have shaken their hands. Sadly, without Robbie and Richard... The show was still great. The heart of the Band still beats! Jan, keep up the good work and thanks for helping keep The Band alive.

Tue Apr 30 03:37:16 MET DST 1996

Ray Martini

From: Toronto,Canada

I am so pleased to find so many freinds of the greatest Canadian band to ever bless the stage. I measure the quality of music by the way in which it can move me. If anyone has ever had the pleasure to see this band live(with or without Robbie and Richard), I am sure you will agree that they can bring you to the point of tears. Experience the greatest voices, players and arrangements by a bunch of good old Canadians and a hot drummer from Arkansas. I also noticed that many of you have only recently discovered the boys. Check out "the Last Waltz" at your local video store. I still think it's the greatest Rock Movie ever made. You should also read Levon's Book "Wheel's on Fire" for some great(if not slightly biased) insight into the Band. Cheers!

Tue Apr 30 01:45:15 MET DST 1996

Debbie Stone

From: Peterborough, Ontario (Canada)

This isn't "Just another Whistle Stop"! What a treat to find so many gems about the greatest group ever. I'll be back many times, just finding all the albums with Band connections. In fact, as soon as I'm done here, I've got to pull out my old Jesse Winchester record and listen for *that* sound. Last saw The Band in the summer of '94, at Ontario Place. After the show, they all left on Ronnie Hawkins' cruiser. I had this fanatsy of dropping a note in Mr. Hawkins' mailbox (he lives just a couple of kilometres up the road) and inviting them all around for a meal. Corny, I know, but these people have offered so much over the years. I want to shake their hands!!! Thank you for offering such a treasure. Debbie

Tue Apr 30 00:46:27 MET DST 1996

Daniel Ng

Guest Photo

From: New York
Home page:

Dear Jan, Thank you for all the work. Having tried to put together a web page of my own I can say it's a lot of hard work! Anyway, I hope to write more later, once I explore around a little more. d.

Sat Apr 27 19:35:10 MET DST 1996

Paul Ferguson

From: Brockport, N.Y.

I'm glad to see there are other fans out there. I've enjoyed the band ever since Big Pink came out in the late sixties. Keep up the good work.

Sat Apr 27 15:08:59 MET DST 1996

Joe Grass

From: New brunswick,Canada

this is the best site ever!Right now im listening to music from big pink for the like billionth time.The band is my favorite band ever!

Sat Apr 27 04:44:57 MET DST 1996

Bob Totty-Kublawi

From: Shenandoah Junction, WV

I first saw The Band three years ago. They were opening for Little Feat at Merriwether Post Pavilion, near Baltimore. I didn't know much about them, but their show was awesome, and I recognized a number of songs I didn't realize that they did. Your page has given me a place to learn more. Thanks!!

Fri Apr 26 21:38:15 MET DST 1996

Rick Churchill

From: Deep River, CT

A long time ago, in a high school civics class, I happened upon a brief magazine article which mentioned that a "new" group was, rather quietly, about to release their 2nd album. They looked very cool (unlike most groups in 1969) and I was intrigued, so I bought that album. "The Band" just killed me then, and THE Band still kills me all these years later. Thanks Jan, for making a place for the finest rock and roll band ever.

Fri Apr 26 13:43:51 MET DST 1996

Tom Moretti

From: Woodstock,NY

Great Site! It's funny is I live near Woodstock and Big Pink is a 1/2 mile away and I walk my dog there all the time. I supplied tape for the new album with my company Markertek and just want to say Hi! guys! Garth,Levon,Butch, Aaron H. and Marie... See you after tour.

Fri Apr 26 02:16:09 MET DST 1996

Jørn Ullits

From: Denmark

I think it's cool - a very good collection about the boys!

Thu Apr 25 22:46:47 MET DST 1996

Bill Harnack

From: Buffalo, New York
Home page:

Being from Buffalo, across the border, well, it's a real heartfelt connection that goes back deep into the sixties and my youth. Big Pink is of course once in a lifetime. But Jerico proves they're as vibrant as ever. Saw them here at the old train station in the early '80s (what a waste of building that is now) without J.R., and I knew then it wasn't over--a great concert! Too much to say, too little space. A real class site.

Wed Apr 24 18:36:45 MET DST 1996

Serge Daniloff

From: London, Ontario Canada

Best WWW info. for the Band fan. In this age where mediocrity rules in the pop music world, thank goodness for the Band !

Wed Apr 24 17:23:29 MET DST 1996

Jim Suttie

From: Hatfield, PA

I've seen all the recent concerts in this area since the release of Jericho. The Music is better now than ever before, although, the last show I've seen at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia was pretty poor.

Mon Apr 22 16:52:34 MET DST 1996

Jay Lyon

From: Seton Lake, B.C.(Canada)

Jan, you must be a true Band fan. I've allways thought that one of their greatest assests was the class they brought to everything they released. I see that same commitment from your web page. I've been I follower since I first crept down the back sta irs of the Brass Rail in London, Ont. in the early sixties. It's great to see there are so many like-minded fans out there. I too think that Rock of Ages is just about the best live album ever. My favourite all time band by a long shot. Hope they come bac k to B.C. soon. Keep up the good work, Jan.

Mon Apr 22 15:12:41 MET DST 1996

Will Elkins

From: Vicksburg, Mississippi

Thanks for placing the lyrics on the net. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down is probably my favorite song of all time. It was great to find a Band home page. Their music is of great significance to a true southerner, even though they were not born here.

Mon Apr 22 03:00:21 MET DST 1996

Mark Gherty

From: Hudson, WI

I saw The Band April 20 in Minneapolis. Great show! this is the fourth time I have seen them. They may be older and heavier, but they play as tight as ever. The concert consisted of an ever blend of the new material and the old. Great show!

Sun Apr 21 21:23:39 MET DST 1996

Peter Kinnear

From: Calgary Alberta Canada

I've been a great fan on the boys since for many years. Most recently, my wife and I saw them in concert in Calgary in the summer of 94. As with Dylan, I think the band captures the soul of the boomers. Those boomers that think a bit anyway. The boys are back through Calgary in a few months - and I'm looking foward to it. Band fans know that "big pink" is not vulgar.

Sun Apr 21 12:06:36 MET DST 1996

Takao Nagano

From: Japan

Sun Apr 21 02:38:11 MET DST 1996

Sam C. Visser

From: Emo,Ontario,Canada

Great web site-lots of good info. Richard is gone,Robbie is doing his own thing but the heart and soul of the Band in Garth,Levon,and Rick . I saw them in Winnipeg in '94 and hope to see them there again this June if the rumours of their Canada tour is correct.

Sat Apr 20 12:44:38 MET DST 1996

John Kenny

From: Australia

Hi. Greetings from Brisbane. Is Buddy Cage still playing with you as he was in June 1988 in Brisbane? What about Blondie Chaplin? We still see Ritchie Yorke, who you introduced to us in 1988. Thanks for the contact. Loved "Jericho" . Come back to Brisbane.

Fri Apr 19 07:39:39 MET DST 1996

David Roche

From: Newfoundland,Canada

I remember a time when it seemed as though I was the only person who even knew The Band existed... it's such a treat to find a site where these musical greats are appreciated... thank you!!

Fri Apr 19 02:26:17 MET DST 1996

william robertson

From: morganton, north carolina

Great job--saw the boys april 13 in a 500 seat hall in Asheville; unbelievably good; played about half from two recent releases and half older; Jim, Richard, and Randy are great--fit right in; Levon's voice better than ever, Rick and Garth very sharp. Maybe best song was The Weight, still good after all these years . . .

Wed Apr 17 20:32:02 MET DST 1996

Diane Bernard

From: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Wed Apr 17 16:47:54 MET DST 1996

Greg Johnston

From: Bernalillo New Mexico

I found out last week the at The Band is coming to Albuquerque. I'm beside myself with anticipation. I last saw The Band at a festival in Austin 20 years ago. Drove from Minnesota to be there. Have since seen Rick with Paul Butterfield and Levon wi th the Cate Brothers. But there is nothing like seeing these guys together. To see Garth spin his spells on the accordion or the organ live is a real treat.

Wed Apr 17 07:50:13 MET DST 1996

Robert Blair Hanni

From: Indianapolis

I have been less than impressed with the state of popular music today, then two years ago I was given tickets to a country show here. I cannot even tell you who was there, except for little known LeRoy Parnell who perform an almost perfect rendition of The Weight. It was a moment that renewed my long standing faith in those performers who pay homage to those that came before. If you get the chance, the performance is worht the price of a ticket (at most venues). I am happy to find this page and read of other Band fans.

Tue Apr 16 22:53:27 MET DST 1996

Cindy Blegen

From: San Diego, California (but living in New Mexico)

Fun idea! I love their music but never knew any of the history of The Band until I saw this Web page.

Tue Apr 16 18:09:18 MET DST 1996

Dan Hearn

From: Mentor, Ohio, USA

FYI: I went to "An Evening With The Band" at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame & Museum (4-15-96) in Cleveland; they had a slight change of plans. Originally it was intended to be a interview/question & answer period but they decided to play music only in stead. The audience was not disappointed at all with the change of plans. They played an acoustic set which included much of their new material (including a song about Jesse James that Levon sang--I've never heard this song. Can somebody help me out? Is it on some compialation recording?) They jammed for under an hour & left everyone wanting more. They will be playing their electric set tonight at the Odeon in the Cleveland Flats district. Hey--as an added bonus for me, my girlfriend & I got to mee t Garth after the show as he got on the tour bus. He was very friendly and took time to sign autographs! Ahhh...the life of a Band Fan! (-:

Mon Apr 15 21:42:03 MET DST 1996


From: Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

This is the kind of stuff that we like, this is the kind of stuuf that everybody should like. The world would be a lot better...

Mon Apr 15 21:34:26 MET DST 1996

Kleber Borges

From: Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Simply the best, simply THE BAND !!

Mon Apr 15 14:30:15 MET DST 1996

Jeroen Alexander ten Haaf

From: the Netherlands, Maastricht

Great stuff! a good example (layout and contents) for other alike pages

Sat Apr 13 15:23:54 MET DST 1996

Hisao Kondo

From: Japan

Fri Apr 12 01:35:10 MET DST 1996

scott goodison

From: brampton ontario canada!

Bandtastic! I've learned more in 20 minutes than I've learned in 25 years in following this great Canadian rock group! Back in '69 Time magazine labled this group the next Beatles! Will visit often.

Fri Apr 12 01:29:47 MET DST 1996

Steve Hoffman

From: Boston, MA

Thu Apr 11 20:15:00 MET DST 1996

Jay Nash

From: Burlington Vermont

Nice job!!

Thu Apr 11 06:32:13 MET DST 1996

Matt Gamble

From: Birmingham, Alabama - USA

This is a dream come true for one of The Band's faithfull...

Wed Apr 10 19:30:21 MET DST 1996

Dan Hearn

From: Mentor, Ohio

UPDATE: For Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum members only...April 15, 1996, 7:30 P.M. at the Rock and Roll Museum... Levon, Rick & Garth will discuss their lives and careers and take questions from the audience. $10.50 for tickets (limit two per member)I got this from the RRHOFM HOME PAGE (HTTP://WWW.ROCKHALL.COM) I GOT MINE!

Wed Apr 10 07:07:39 MET DST 1996

Will McCollum

From: Pittsburgh, PA.

Am 29 years old and became a fan two years before THE LAST WALTZ. I truly beleive that they are the most under-rated rock bands and Robbie Robertson is one of the most prolific and under-rated song writers in Rock. Have seen the group-in different configurations since the late 1980's.Also an avid DEAD HE AD-I loved hearing the DEAD perform 'The Weight' and the Garcia Band do 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down'. They have provided me with some of my greatest concert experiences-note Garth's sax solo during the break in 'It Makes No Difference'. Their mus ic will never grow old to me and even though I've seen 'The Last Waltz' a million times, I'm sure I'll view it another million!

Wed Apr 10 03:45:29 MET DST 1996

Jason Bourgoin

From: Luneneburg, Nova Scotia

They are and still musical master minds. All songs are inspiring. The Last Waltz is the best musical documentry of all time. Also who can't love Richard Emanual.

Wed Apr 10 02:53:06 MET DST 1996

Gavin McCollum

From: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I am THE biggest Band fan. I am 16 and almost have all of their albums. If you are a fellow fan, give me a ring at my E-mail adress.

Sat Apr 6 22:27:02 MET DST 1996

Alton Purvis

From: De Land,Florida

I want to add a concert date.May 2nd at The Embassy in Orlando,Florida.Tickets are 16.50.

Sat Apr 6 15:25:21 MET DST 1996

Shelley Hesson

From: Columbus, OH

I cannot express enough how wonderful this page is. The Band was the first subject I looked up when I got online, and fortunately I ended up here. Keep up the excellent work, Jan. I'm waiting with great anticipation for the April 16th show in Cleve land. Anyone else going to be there? I'll be the girl in the front screaming "LEEEEEVONNNNNNN!" Take care, all of you wonderful Band fans. Keep the faith.

Sat Apr 6 11:18:55 MET DST 1996

Peter Dwyer

From: Melbourne, Australia

Great page! The Band's material isn't available on general release in Australia. It all has to be imported. It's good having a Web Page to see what is happening with the best Band in recorded history! Keep up the good work Jan!

Sat Apr 6 08:39:50 MET DST 1996

Steve Crawford

From: Oklahoma City

driving a motorcycle across the desert with the sun setting behind your back with the lonely sound of "Just pulled into Nazareth, was feeling a half past dead...". (remember?) haven't been able to get that sound nor that image out of my mind since. he re's to some of the most memorable and emotion-pack tunes & music ever heard. jan, thank you for giving us this outlet to share our experiences that surround these incomparablemusicians and their group.

Fri Apr 5 23:19:50 MET DST 1996

Alan Sternhill

From: Santa Rosa, Ca.

As a Drummer for thirty three years. I can't describe the influence that Levon's drumming had on me. Incredable syncopation. Shuffles. Tom Tom cross melodies... Robbi influenced a whole generation of signature guitar intonations and flavors! How many musicians can tear apart a Hammond Organ like Garth? Syncopated bass lines with Rick.. The sorrowful, haunting vocals of Richard.. they were the pioneers in many facets of music innovation.. Just keep listening the the three - way lead vocal changes ala: Acadian Driftwood and Daniel & the Sacred Harp...You'll get the feel. No group can achieve such seminal success on various musical creations as did The Band!

Fri Apr 5 21:19:42 MET DST 1996

Bill Maruca

From: Pittsburgh

Long live the Band!! I got to meet Rick (3x), Richard (RIP), Garth and Levon (2x) several times when they played a local club - my band Sandoz is heavily influenced by these guys and opened for Rick & Richard (3 months before Richard died) and Rick an d Butterfield (Butterfield's last public performance). Great guys, great musicians!!

Fri Apr 5 20:51:55 MET DST 1996

Erwin Bierhof

From: The Netherlands

Love it!

Fri Apr 5 19:17:12 MET DST 1996

Bob Ferguson

From: Canada

I was quite surprised when I saw this much info on the BAND. I have several albums of Ronnie Hawkins but for years have searched for the Album I think is called Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks. Favourite songs - Lonely Hours (his best?) and Hay ride. Any suggestions?

Fri Apr 5 13:40:09 MET DST 1996

kiyotaka nishiyama

From: 200 isida isehara kanagawa japan


Fri Apr 5 12:58:47 MET DST 1996

Overton Lemons

From: New Orleans

Great web page. Now let's get everybody to drop a letter to Capitol and demand that they put out remastered versions of the "Big Pink" and "The Band." These two works of art were not given the same fine treatment as the rest of the catalog. Also, how can we get Levon's "American Son" put out on CD? It's just not the same without Richard or Robbie but it's nice to see the remaining originals working a steady gig.
P.S. In the lyrics page to "Acadian Driftwood," Plains of Abraham should be capitalized. It's a specific battlefield area in Quebec (most beautiful, too). Keep up the fine work, Jan. This site makes all the techno-hype worth it.

Fri Apr 5 09:13:14 MET DST 1996

robert bruce

From: berrien springs, michigan usa

thanx! i'm a "second-generation" fan, and there's far too little info on the band out here. i'm a major richard manuel fan (sadly, i just visited the motel in winter park, florida where he committed suicide 10 years ago).

Fri Apr 5 03:48:10 MET DST 1996

Stefan G.F

From: All Over

The Band changed my life forever. They'll always be the greatest to me, to be able to see them on tour again in '96 is a true blessing.

Thu Apr 4 21:42:50 MET DST 1996


From: Sheffield England

saw Danko/Hudson plus pick-up band palomino Los Angeles in 1988, very moving, ended with @The Shape I'm in'

Thu Apr 4 19:42:19 MET DST 1996

Doug & Nancy Kohler

From: Salt Lake City, Utah

we love it..where you been so long... we have been looking for concert dates. we are ready to put the kids in the car or on a plane. Garth is GOD Keep it going we love you....

Thu Apr 4 08:05:55 MET DST 1996

Peter Donato

From: Toronto

Nice to see the boys online.

Thu Apr 4 08:04:18 MET DST 1996

Mike Copeland

From: Apex, NC

Just saw the show at Carnagie Hall in NYC:) Good show but they had to cut it short cuz they HAD to be off stage by 11:00PM :( Youngblood was cool. JJ Cale opened with a great show. I hope to catch some of the upcoming shows. Take Care, see you Up on Cripple Creek;)

Wed Apr 3 23:40:41 MET DST 1996

Terry McNamara

From: 4404 Palmer Road Taberg NY 13471

what? no free tickets? man!

Wed Apr 3 23:05:24 MET DST 1996

Ken Morris

From: Cornelia, GA

I have every CD and album The Band has ever done and listen to them over and over. I would sure like them to come to the Atlanta, GA area for a concert. I really miss Richard.

Wed Apr 3 05:21:15 MET DST 1996

Jeff De Muth

From: Warrenville, IL

Tonight's my first time here and I'm sure to be back. Thanks Jan. I've been listening to the Band since I was a kid back in '68. Met Levon out back of convocation hall at a concert in Toronto, Nov. '94. Saw a short guy with a beard holding a paper bag with a quart of beer come out of a car by the tour bus. Said "Hey you're Levon Helm!" He said "That's right." I said "I just drove 500 miles to see you guys" Levon replied while he pumped my hand "Thanks son. Hope you enjoy the show."

Tue Apr 2 16:56:57 MET DST 1996

Jim Crosset

From: Cincinnati, Ohio USA

I wish Levon and Rick would write and record more original songs like "Life is a Carnival".

Tue Apr 2 14:26:14 MET DST 1996

Kosei Nakamura

From: Tokyo Japan

I was excited when I found this home page. Richard Manuel, Mr.Lonesom Suzie was my faverite singer. Person who read this, please pray for him. I used to smoke, I used to drink...

Tue Apr 2 08:29:57 MET DST 1996

Rick AP

From: South Florida

"it makes no difference, where I turn..." Thanks for keeping the music alive, if anyone can recomend a decent club to hear good music out here please, PLEASE let me know!!!!! thanks

Tue Apr 2 08:10:39 MET DST 1996

Ken Gunneson


Great home page. I have to say, some of the best music of all time are from the members & song writer's of the band. THANK YOU!

Tue Apr 2 03:58:41 MET DST 1996

Bill Armstrong

From: Hollywood, FL

I just got "High on the Hog" the other day...All I can say is WOW!! Best stuff I've heard from anybody in years. Nice to hear two songs Rick D. used to play with Paul Butterfield, "Crazy Mama" & "I Must Have Loved You Too Much". Hats off to The Band for being as great as always, Jan for a great page!

Tue Apr 2 01:12:11 MET DST 1996

Mike Custer

From: Westminster, Colorado

This is great stuff! I've been a fan of The Band for years. They are consistantly my favorite Rock and Roll group.

Mon Apr 1 05:47:45 MET DST 1996

David Baczek

From: Salt Lake City, UT

Refreshing. The music of this group has been around with me throughout my life--like a friend. Glad to see others who see the genius in this music that expresses so much. Keep it up!

Mon Apr 1 03:39:57 MET DST 1996

Mitchel Weinberger

From: Huntington, NY

It's great to have a place to go to get whatever info is available about The Band. I've been a fan since the beginning. Keep up the good work!!

Mon Apr 1 02:02:51 MET DST 1996

Al Shaffer

From: Germantown Maryland USA
Home page:

Always one of my favorite bands. Thank you for putting this web page together.

Mon Apr 1 00:10:55 MET DST 1996

Alex Hoffman

From: Denver CO

Great page--keep up the good work. Although I'm only 25, I've been listening to the Band since my college days, and think they're the best musicians around-period. Glad to see them still rolling along, and glad to see so many Band-a-holics like me are keeping it going via the Net.

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