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The Band Guestbook, April '98

Below are the entries in The Band guestbook from April 1998.

Thu Apr 30 19:43:44 MET DST 1998

Mr. Excitement

Hang on to your hats boys and girls. The Word has LEAKED OUT!!!!!!!!!


After all the zillions of comes the "OFFICIAL BOARD FEED FROM THE RECORD COMPANY."

Mr. D has finally given his O.K. which is why it has never been "officially" released. After all the boots I've bought over the years, we can finally hear the real thing

Thu Apr 30 19:32:20 MET DST 1998


From: LI, NY

My wife, 2 friends and I ran into Levon over this past weekend outside the Gospel tent at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He was just strolling along with a friend checking out the music and doing some shopping. Didn't get to ask any questions as we didn't want to impose on him but he gladly took a picture with us. Thanks Levon! See you at IMAC this weekend.

Thu Apr 30 18:59:35 MET DST 1998

tiny Montgomery

From: out west

UM, I'M NOT TO SURE ABOUT THAT "uncle hangover"! Jim is damn good and his TONE is delightful, but, GOOD GOD, better than Robbie, I don't think so my friend! Robbie pretty much wrote the book on Rock n' Roll guitar (especially Fenders)! With all due respect to Jim and you, no way can I agree with that statement! I don't know many that can or DARE would! Robbie is on fire and all that hats in Ronnie Hawkins collection could not put that fire out! So WHO DO YOU LOVE, MAN!BY THE WAY. On a seperate note any of you folks out there looking for either of The Band's radio shows on CD, I have good news! CONNECTED is the name and they have copies of "The King Bisciut '76 show that ROCKS, from Wash, D.C." Rick's performance of "It makes no difference" is simply a perfect example of the difference of Rick's voice! Truly Wonderful! They also have "The Joint Performance from Las Vegas May '96" This is a must have 2CD set of Levon and the boys! Both are Professionally produced and sound GREAT! Good Luck, may the fastest typer win!

Thu Apr 30 18:16:28 MET DST 1998

Uncle Hangover

From: Skid Row

Jimmy Weider, guitarist extraordinaire (and let's face it: Robbie never was as good as Jim is), has a new website up. Nice one. too: Go to He has a guestbook where you can leave a message for him.

Thu Apr 30 09:18:06 MET DST 1998


i always thought levon did in fact sing "the robt. e. lee." i always assumed the character was speaking of a train, or riverboat, rather than the general. silly me.

Thu Apr 30 01:35:12 MET DST 1998

Spider John

From: Rancho Deluxe

David Powell (a/k/a Tommy)

The soundtrack to Phenomenon, the John Travolta flick has JJ Cale as producer, Robbie Robertson as Exec Soundtrack Producer and Jimmy Buffett, yes Jimmy Buffett is the Executive Producer.

Thu Apr 30 01:28:31 MET DST 1998

Eddie Hodel

From: Queens, New York City

Thanks again Jan and Co. for creating and maintaining THE BEST SITE ON THE WEB. I am looking forward to a BAND filled weekend. I am going to the Louisiana Bar and Grill on Friday to see Jim Weider and the Honky Tonk Gurus and then on Saturday to Huntington, Long Island to see Levon and the Crowmatics. Jim Weider's solo CD is excellent. He also has a WEB SITE at: WWW.ULSTER-ONLINE.COM/JIMWEIDER. Check it out and check out the Honky Tonk Gurus if you can; I saw them last time at the same venue and they had the joint jumpin'. Ed.

Thu Apr 30 00:35:43 MET DST 1998

Jon Lyness

From: New York City

Hello, all! Don't know if anyone else is planning on seeing Garth Hudson and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in New Paltz, NY on May 9th, but this is what I've been able to figure out so far. You can call (914) 454-1222 to order tickets from the Philharmonic directly (they are not actually located in New Paltz, where the concert is taking place, but they are handling ticket sales). To talk to people in charge of music events on the SUNY-New Paltz campus (who seem to have a better handle on giving directions, etc.) you can call (914) 257-3880. (By the way, I think the people at this second number are only used to dealing with classical music events -- when I told the guy which concert I was interested in, he said icily "Ah yes, the event with ROCK MUSICIANS." Priceless!)

Wed Apr 29 22:54:53 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

To Peter Viney: I just read your article about "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" in Jawbone. Excellent piece! It made me think about a lot of things. You were right to bring up the fact that Robert E. Lee was never in Tenn. after the war, but that doesn't mean that people didn't think they saw him. People in the South after the war constantly thought they saw Lincoln and Gen. Lee even though they couldn't have, and it would get passed down to generations even though it was historically incorrect.

Also, you mention Levon coming close to saying "the" Robert E. Lee. One can also make a case that this too makes sense, for southerners often would throw "the" in front of someone's name to show importance.

On items of grammar, I believe the lyrics are "Richmond had fell". I realize this is grammatically incorrect, but Virgil Cane probably spoke like that. I believe that shows the greatness of the song.

Although historians and English teachers may find fault with parts of the song, the words and story belong to Virgil and no one else. Therefore, the words are not only true but also correct.

Lastly, I do not believe that Robbie Robertson has anything to do with the fact that Levon doesn't sing it anymore. In an interview with Larry King (on radio), Levon said the reason they don't play it much anymore "is because it's hard to sing". Peter, you are right to say "shame", because Levon would brake my heart every time he sang it

Peter, thanks for the article, and God bless the Band!

Wed Apr 29 19:35:47 MET DST 1998

Lyn Duchesney

From: Baddeck, Nova Scotia

I was reading 'Vision', a short story by Alistair MacLeod and noticed that the last line,"tangled, twisted strands of love" was the same line in R. Robertson's song 'Day of Reckoning' from his Storyville CD. Any thoughts?

Wed Apr 29 16:27:43 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

Mr. Paperman--Yes I am aware of Buffett's take-off on Marty Robbins' "A White Sportcoat and a Pink Carnation." I'll have to admit I was a Buffett fan early on in his career, although I haven't heard much of his recent work. He used to play a lot in small clubs in Atlanta & Athens back in the days when it was just him with Fingers Taylor on harmonica. For all you parrotheads here's another Buffett / Band connection---On the _Jimmy Hollywood_ soundtrack, on which Robbie Robertson contributed several songs, a group called the Iguanas performs "Fortune Teller." Buffett was their "executive" producer & they recorded on his off-shoot Margarittaville label.

Wed Apr 29 11:06:29 MET DST 1998

Rod Prowse

From: New Zealand

Hi all. Just got a copy of Levon Helm and the Crowmatix Souvenir album today. Pretty good. Good version of Java Blues (though nothing will ever touch Rick's original). Louie's hammond solo in Rag Mama Rag sounds just like Garth's solo in the Rock Of Age's version of Chest Fever - great. I think I'll enjoy this more than Red Boy (which I haven't heard yet).

Wed Apr 29 05:29:47 MET DST 1998

john donabie

I listened to the CD "Largo" this evening. I'm sure glad I read about it on this site. Levon's vocals are better than ever. Like good sipping just gets better with age.

Garth's work as always is inventive, playful and spiritual. It was interesting to hear his wife Maude sing. I have an advanced copy with no credits. It sure sounds like Garth playing on other tracks. One to buy for sure!

Wed Apr 29 02:16:42 MET DST 1998

Norman Paperman

From: New York

David Powell

If you like Marty Robbins then you'll appreciate "A White Sportcoat and a Pink Crustacean" from Jimmy Buffett 1973. Lefty Frizzell covered the album's "Railroad Lady" in 1974. Jimmy & Jerry Jeff Walker wrote the song. It's not "City of New Orleans" but ranks with the better railroad songs.

Since "Life is a Carnival", please "Don't Stop the Carnival".

Tue Apr 28 23:50:32 MET DST 1998

Trinity Gibbs

From: Phoenix, Az

martina is awesome

Tue Apr 28 22:53:35 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

As gopher pointed out, American radio personality & curmudgeon Don Imus is evidently a country music fan. Last month he played a portion of Lefty Frizzell's version of "Long Black Veil" and mentioned The Band's version as well. Mr. Imus remarked that the song was unique in that it was written from the perspective of a dead man.

The song is truly a classic country song that portrays a great story in a few simple words. A man, falsely accused of murder, choses to hang rather than betray his lover, another man's wife. The mood the song creates is hauntingly chilling like that of an atmospheric film-noir.

"Long Black Veil" is often erroneously credited to either Lefty Frizzell of Johnny Cash, who both recorded earier versions of the song. It was actually written by Danny Dill & Marijohn Wilkin, two country songwriters with extensive credits to their names. Mr. Dill wrote the fine gunfighter ballad "Streets of Laredo", first made famous by Marty Robbins & recorded by countless others. He also wrote another classic country song, "Detroit City", along with Mel Tillis. This song about a country boy who moves north to get a job in an auto factory & later becomes homesick for the simple life he left behind contains the classic lines: " day I make the cars and by night I make the bars...Oh how I want to go home." Ms. Wilkin, along with Fred Burch, wrote the country/pop crossover hit of the late fifties "Big Bad John", recorded by Jimmy Dean before he became the sausage king of America. More recently, in the seventies, she wrote the gospel flavored "One Day At A Time" with none other than Kris Kristofferson. This song was also recorded by many artists. Great songs written by great writers.

Tue Apr 28 20:40:44 MET DST 1998


From: Phoenix

Hi; I listened to "HIGH ON THE HOG" last night. Actually just "Forever Young" and "Crazy Mama". Is that Rick and Levon trading Dylan imitations on "Forever..." or just Rick?

Is it just me or does Weider's chops seem a bit lazy and un-intersted on that record?

Just askin'


Tue Apr 28 18:43:38 MET DST 1998


From: Boston

For about five years, back in the 80's, I sent Robbie a postcard every week (never had his home address, to the people who are asking...I sent them to his manager's office). I collect postcards and I used to haunt the antique shows looking for good ones. I even had one once of the Great Divide.....stuff like that. I tried to make them incredibly clever. During the 5 years, he wrote back three times. Kinda kewl. Anyway, one day I woke up feeling really stupid about the whole thing and I haven't written to him since. (But Robbie, I still care!) Anyway, to the people who have been asking....on the web you can search for lists of famous people's addresses. Robbie's manager's address is on at least one or two of those lists. Tell him I said "Hey". (He'll have NO IDEA what you're talking about!)

Tue Apr 28 16:45:59 MET DST 1998


Home page:

Sorry to bother you all, but I have just a few questions. 1. I recently read that Robbie shot a film about the Six Nations Rerservation for PBS. Do any of you know any info about this project? 2. I also read, on the Robbie Robertson Home Page, that he and Martin Scorsese were working on a Laserdisc version of The Last Waltz, with many extras. Anything? Please email me at with any info. Thanks in advance.

Tue Apr 28 15:25:54 MET DST 1998


From: Columbus, Oh

Does anyone know where the "Mt. Taber, NJ" place is that Levon and the Crowmatix are scheduled to play on June 20? We're thinking about a road trip. Thanks.

Tue Apr 28 14:40:00 MET DST 1998


i'm listening to don imus(popular syndicated radio morning show, in the usa)and during the course of an interview with country music star randy travis, he got into a discussion of the song "long black veil." imus cited the band version as very pure, and told a story about a program director who insisted that big pink be played repetitiously...

Tue Apr 28 00:00:39 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

To John from Mass : Thanks for the information about the Native American Music Awards. I found out that Robbie Robertson is receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award, but I'm not sure if he is going to play. Besides the artists you mentioned in your post, Joe Walsh, Bruce Cockburn, and John Trudell are also slated to appear.

Mon Apr 27 22:19:48 MET DST 1998

Bill Munson

From: Toronto

Thanks to Peter Viney for his Ray Charles article. A couple of things:

1) Ronnie Hawkins' first post-Levon/Hawks record, in 1964, was "Let The Good Times Roll". Certainly not taken from the hit Shirley and Lee version, so may have been from the Ray Charles version (which I've never heard). Given the timing, I imagine that the song must have been part of Hawkins' set when Levon and crew were with him.

2) Ian and Sylvia's first LP, from 1963, included a version of "See See Rider". Although Ian and Sylvi were Toronto-based, they and the Hawks lived in different worlds and their paths would have crossed. On the other hand, the Band obviously knew Ian and Sylvia's signature tune, "Four Strong Winds", so you never know for sure.

Mon Apr 27 20:35:12 MET DST 1998

Steve Taylor

From: Elk Grove, CA

It is really amazing to see the participation in this web site. I'm really impressed and pleased to see so many Band followers still out there. I've been a fan since there first concert in San Francisco way back when to their last one in S.F. I recently bought both Rick's and Levon's videos on how to play bass and drums from Homespun videos. They are great to watch even if yuou arn not a musician. I've been playing for 35 years and have covered a number of Band tunes and still learned something from the tapes. My Band still plays a few Band tunes at every gig even if the auciance dosen't know the band. Believe it or not there are lots of folks out there that haven't a clue. My hope is that the boys will make a trip out west someday so us cowtown folks can see them live again. I haven't seen them since they toured with Ringo. Good luck to all of you Bandolaros out there.

Steve Taylor AKA (Crazy Chester's Band)

Mon Apr 27 20:32:07 MET DST 1998


From: Syracuse

4/25 Benefit Concert/Danko: 3 songs! Ric was sick.

Mon Apr 27 20:25:31 MET DST 1998


From: Oxford Nova Scotia

Does not relate to the band specificly but if anyone knows Robbie Robertson's home address or how to get in touch with him. I would love to know and would you be so kind and let me know. It has to do with family ties. Sorry for any inconvience I may have caused. I also love the band and the new release. They sound great

Mon Apr 27 20:14:47 MET DST 1998

Lasse Winberg

From: Sweden

I´ve been looking all over for the CD "The Band" but I haven´t found it yet. Does anyone know where I can buy it?

Mon Apr 27 16:49:20 MET DST 1998

Jan Høiberg

From: Halden, Norway

I know that Levon, Rick, and Garth all have seen this site and read the guestbook, but from what I have heard they are not too interested in computers and the net. Richard Bell is a net-user and checks the site every now and then, he has also shown it to Weider and Ciarlante. I'm afraid I have not heard anything from the Robertson camp. If you want to address him, try

Mon Apr 27 16:04:03 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

Today is Confederate Memorial Day, which is still observed as an official holiday for state offices here in Georgia. Hell no, we ain't forgettin'. So accordingly, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" is required listening today.

In his book _Rock & Roll an unruly history_, the late Robert Palmer discussed the use of "power" chords. He explained how the use of accented chords played in quick succession became a popular rhythmic device or hook in the structure of rock songs.

According to Mr. Palmer, Robbie Robertson stated that he "picked up the practice from hearing Willie Johnson's work on the early Howlin' Wolf discs being broadcast over Nashville's WLAC." Johnson, one of Wolf's guitarists, often played counterpoint with Hubert Sumlin on many of Wolf's recordings.

Thus in the section of his book entitled "The Church of the Sonic Guitar," Mr. Palmer helped illustrate how certain nuances or techniques of bluesmen were later absorbed by young rockers everywhere. How this music, with its roots in the Mississippi Delta and recorded in Memphis & Chicago, could influence a Canadian teenager listening to a powerful radio station broadcasting late at night out of Nashville. Such is the magic of music, that it knows no boundaries.

Mon Apr 27 14:19:17 MET DST 1998


From: Boston

Bill The Cat, REALLY? Jan, is that true? Robbie, I still think we were meant for each other! Luis, Never! How did I make you feel like a jerk? Mea Culpa! No such thing was intended. Hope y'all had a great weekend. I decided that "the brown album" still has the power to transport me back in time and out of the city and to a place that's much more fun.

Mon Apr 27 05:00:56 MET DST 1998

Dan Blood

From: CA

Bill: The evening of the Last Waltz lasted...5,6,7 or 8 hours. That is, when you were let in the door and got situated, there was ball room dancing that lasted an hour, then I think there was the best turkey dinner (sorry mom) I've ever had (and it was all served hot!), then Dr. John or somebody played honky-tonk blues piano for a bit, maybe another hour. I don't remember when The Band started playing (and we weren't LATE), but they played for at least 3 hours (anyone corraborate?). I sort of remember getting out of the Fillmore West near 1 a.m. So...don't remember changes in dress and I'm not all that familiar with Scorsese's movie, but in all probability there was time to 'freshen up'. Remember, the concert footage is one thing and all the other scenes, interviews and such, were shot at other times. And when it was all done it told a pretty comprehensive tale of these 5 guys and their musician friends.

Mon Apr 27 04:02:54 MET DST 1998

Kathy Lupi

From: London Ontario

Great website! For all you RR fans out there Much Music is running "Making a Noise" on thurs. April 30 at 9p.m. and again at 12a.m.

Mon Apr 27 03:00:01 MET DST 1998

Bill the Cat

From: Bloom County

I recently watched "The Last Waltz" and I was wondering if anyone could explain why the Band seems to have done different songs in different places, with different clothes. Wasn't the whole show done in one night?

If any of the Band members read this (word has it that they not only read it, but some reportedly don aliases and write in it ) I'd just like to say that I wish you all the best and thanks for all the great music you've given us. How about some more? With a tour to support it.

Sun Apr 26 23:10:49 MET DST 1998

TD Bear

From: Joshua's (try the falaffel)

I was out of the "Woods" on 4/25. Somebody please post a setlist/review of Rick's show. " What a Town", what's the "Small Town Talk"?

Sun Apr 26 16:55:03 MET DST 1998

Garry Glen Garth

From: Parts Unknown

i know this be a popular question but would anyone be willing to trade for two things: 1) the Band at Woodstock 1969 and/or 2) Dylan and the Band at the Isle of Wight. I have bootlegs myself I'd be willing to trade: Basement Tapes, Dylan '66 tour and tour '74. I am trustworthy. Email me privately.

Sun Apr 26 13:12:48 MET DST 1998

Seiichi Nakayama

From: Japan

My favoreite Rick's singings,

  1. Caledonia mission (Big Pink)
  2. Unfaithful servant(Rock of ages)
  3. It makes no difference
  4. Small town talk
  5. Sip the wine
In video"clssic album",Rick sings "When you awake" and "unfaithful servent".It was great. I like to play the guitar.But I can't do like that.

Sun Apr 26 02:18:01 MET DST 1998

Typically Canadian

From: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Hello Again.

Well, 'J Learned' was right, Levon Helm will be performing at Bluesville in Mississippi on May 3rd.

The event is the 1st annual Blues Aid Benefit Concert and tickets are $25.

More information is available at

Thanks Mr. Learned! I doubt if I will make it.

Sat Apr 25 20:51:58 MET DST 1998

Jan Høiberg

From: Halden, Norway

Thanks "loverboy", but I'm afraid I'm already married :-)

Sat Apr 25 06:28:35 MET DST 1998

J Learned

From: Memphis TN

Rumors in this part of the country is Levon Helm will be in Tunica Mississippi at the Club Bluesville. The club date is 5/3/98 and the show is a Blues benefit. Is this true, is Levon coming home to the Mississippi Delta for a one nighter? Signed.... learned

Sat Apr 25 02:44:14 MET DST 1998

Freddy Fishstick

From: Sag Harbor

Elden Mack

Don't have a Mack Attack! Rick will be @ Orange County Park on 6/6. I'm sure you can get a new hat then.

Sat Apr 25 00:42:34 MET DST 1998

Elden Mack, Jr.

From: Black Dirt Country, Orange Co, NY

Roger: I thought I was having a bad day, but I can't hold a candle to what you're about to go through.

Yup, I roto-tilled my best ball cap into the field, my purple "The Band" hat. Just watched it go under. Now it's kind of symbolic when I think about it. The Band gets torn apart and just gets covered with manure (like the Last Waltz) and before you know it the Crows will own something that had been very dear to me.

Fri Apr 24 22:46:19 MET DST 1998

Roger Ramjet

From: Arizona

Great site, friendly people in the guestbook. Some of those fancy "webdesigners" could learn a lesson here. Reminds me of what an eye-opener The Band's "Big Pink" album was to Clapton and the "guitar-heroes" of the '60s. Wonderful work. Pleased to see there is a woman behind all this. Will you marry me, Jan?

Fri Apr 24 20:16:14 MET DST 1998


From: Phoenix

Carole; Thanks for pointing out what a jerk I am! ;-)

I did what you just described last weekend. I went thru The Box Set and a "Live" recording called "The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down". It reminded me and it brought me back to a place in the old memory bank that I hadn't visited in a long long time.

Every now and then I get in my car and drive. Some years back I took off from Tucson Arizona and found myself one morning sitting under the bridge that connects Memphis TN to W. Memphis AK. "Across the Great Divide" was in my headphones at that moment when I see a lady walking along the edge of the Mighty Mississippi towards me, and a lovely lady she was. The Band was foreign to her.

We ended up becoming fast friends and later that day were swinging on the porch swing on the front patio of her plantation style home. As we drank our Margaritas and listened to this Southern Home Style piece of Americana called "Music from Big Pink" with the mosquitoes a-bitin' and the heat that was pounding down I was inspired. You know, the music was the music, it wasn't the "star", neither was the River, nor the swing nor the lady and certainly not me nor the time of day or location. The "star", what stands out was, I didn't go looking for this occasion. Sure, I made the trip but that's where it ends brothers and sisters.

Put yourself in a pretty place. Light some incense, light some candles, light a bowl if you're so inclined. Go back to what you know. Listen... Just listen... So many words, so many notes.

What a life.


Fri Apr 24 19:34:21 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

Thanks Peter Viney for your fine research & notes on the Ray Charles material. I was fortunate to see Richard & The Band perform "Georgia" on their 1974 tour with Dylan in Atlanta. Governor & future President Jimmy Carter was also in attendance that night in the Omni Coliseum.

Peter's suggestion regarding the involvement of Van Morrison in a Band/brother Ray project would be a perfect match. I would also propose adding B.B. King to the line up. After all, Robertson worked with B.B., Ray & Van in preparing the soundtrack for _The King of Comedy_.

What I was alluding to in my posting yesterday was that Richard & the other members of The Band are not just rock musicians. They've mastered the art of playing many forms of music, whether it's country, soul, rock or jazz, and melded into their own distinctive style. As they say in New Orleans, good music is like good gumbo--a spicy blend of lots of diiferent ingredients. The music on the first few Band albums were just as innovative at that time as Ray Charles' release of _Modern Sounds of Country and Western Music_ was in 1962. The fact that all this music stills sounds as wonderful & fresh today as it did when it was first released, is a testament to its greatness.

Fri Apr 24 19:08:27 MET DST 1998


From: Boston

Hi everyone. Greatly enjoying the recent posts, although I don't feel I have much to say myself right now. Plan to hunker down this weekend and have a little 2-day Bandfest in my livingroom. Every once in awhile I have to do that -- it kind of cleanses the palate, musicwise, and leaves me clearer and more receptive to new music. Also, it always does some repair work on my soul. I have a particular craving for The Basement Tapes, so I'm going to start there and work forward. Oh, and Before the Flood, too! And then... well, YOU GUYS know. Bet you all do the same yourselves sometimes. Anyway, I'll be thinking of some of your posts and I hope your weekends will be as refreshing as mine! Cheers.

Fri Apr 24 18:54:44 MET DST 1998

Ulrich Leive

From: Osnabrueck/Germany
Home page:

Hello, nice to meet you on the web just by surfing. It was interesting to stay here. I'm a painter, and I would like you to visit my own homepage. Best wishes.

Fri Apr 24 15:54:51 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

From: UK

I read David Powell's Guestbook entry and tried to reply by putting together my existing notes on The Band's covers of Ray Charles. However, it was much too long for the Guestbook, so I sent it as an article to this site today.

Fri Apr 24 15:30:38 MET DST 1998

Jonathan Katz

From: Columbia, MD

"Nobody Sings Them Like Ray" 1993

Fri Apr 24 15:28:34 MET DST 1998

John Donabie

From: Toronto

I was walking by Massey Hall in Toronto last night. I was remembering Tour 65-66 with Dylan and The Hawks. The local entertainment editor of The Toronto Star reviewed the show. I'll never forget the words re: The Hawks. "Dylan last night was backed up by a third rate Toronto rock 'n' roll band."

How that angered me at the time. Well time do tell don't it? I also remembered the night Jesse Winchester opened for The Band when they played there as "The Band" for the first time. What a show!

As the song says, "If Walls Could Talk."

Fri Apr 24 06:46:09 MET DST 1998

Dan Blood

From: CA

For those who missed RR on the Charley Rose Show he said, when asked who he considered himself to be (label) : a musician...yeah, pretty much. Then what, a singer, a guitar player, a writer? A writer, he quickly replied. Robbie said he liked creating something and sending it off around the world. Never mentioned any Band member by name.

Funny: Rose asked him about Dylan and the response was a smile and a pause then "something happened in Bob's youth that compelled him break all the rules when he grew up." Bob's biggest influence was that he freed up the standard songwriting formulas to anything you wanted it to be.

His favorite song: Code of Handsome Lake. (My least favorite on Redboy!)

Fri Apr 24 00:24:04 MET DST 1998

Stanley Landau

From: Toronto

I thought David Powell's pipe dream of a Richard Manuel tribute album with the surviving original members backing up Ray Charles was intriguing. I have an even better idea. How about a new Band album featuring the surviving original members and Ray Charles performing new original Robertson material. I know it's not going to happen but it sure would be amazing.

Fri Apr 24 00:04:20 MET DST 1998


From: melrose,ma.

just read the updates page . says danko is playing in woodstock saturday night . anyone know where and what time ? could good fortune really be waiting for me ?

Fri Apr 24 00:02:28 MET DST 1998


From: Massachusetts

I heard in an ad on local AM radio this morning that Robbie will be appearing at the Native American Music Awards at the Fox Theatre, Foxwoods Casino, in Ledyard, CT on May 24. Wayne Newton is the host. Also mentioned were Rita Coolidge, Redbone and Richie Havens. Don't know if RR will be doing a set or handing out awards. For info, call 800-200-2882 (that's the Foxwoods Box Ofc). Tickets are not cheap--$100 and $60, but I hear the room is nice.

Thu Apr 23 23:55:39 MET DST 1998


From: melrose,ma.

i'm heading to albany on business this weekend and thought i'd head south to woodstock - saugerties to search for big pink . anybody out there in band land willing to give me directions and other points of interest ? would be much much appreciated . i've never been to the area , it's my first pilgrimage . thanks to whoever's willing and peace to ya all !

Thu Apr 23 21:51:42 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

I enjoyed David Powell's comments about "Islands" and Richard Manuel. I would also like to mention Richard's recorded work on the Last Waltz "Suite". I've always loved his vocals on "The Well" and "The Last Waltz Refrain". It is interesting that his live vocals during that time often sound worn down, but his recorded vocals were always incredible.

Also, I just got word that VH-1 is going to do a Behind The Music special on Robbie Robertson in late June. The interview on Charlie Rose was great last night.

Thu Apr 23 21:37:05 MET DST 1998


From: NJ

RR was only on Charlie Rose for about 20 minutes. He talked about Martin Scorcese for a while. A minute or so about Bob Dylan. A little bit about the early days with The Band. He also talked about his new album, especially The Code of Handsome Lake and Sacrifice. The letter he received from Bill Clinton was also mentioned. He seemed to be quite hopeful about Leonard Peltier(spelling?) being granted clemency by the President. There was also a clip from the video for Unbound and a clip from The Code of Handsome Lake.

Thu Apr 23 17:28:55 MET DST 1998


From: the boonies NJ, USA

to the band; hi, i'm 14, 15 in may, and sorry to say, i've never heard of you guys, but the guy i like is into oldies and stuff so i'll try really hard to become interested, which i honestly have to tell you, isn't hard at all. love&peace alison

Thu Apr 23 16:46:55 MET DST 1998

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From: Canton, MA (The Boston area)

Oh, no! I had heard that RR was going to be on the Charlie Rose Show last night, but the TV listing in the paper listed other folks as guests. Now Paul S. tells us that he WAS on. What did they talk about. --Dave

Thu Apr 23 16:27:57 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

Critics & fans alike have long expressed disappointment regarding the _Islands_album. For me, however, one of the positive aspects was that it gave us the last big dose of Richard Manuel's recorded talents. His great performances on "Right As Rain" & "Let The Night Fall" (with Rick Danko singing those high harmony parts on the choruses) are stand-outs. Then, of course, there's Richard's fine rendition of "Georgia" recorded for posterity.

In addition to "Georgia", Richard also would often perform another song made famous by Ray Charles, "You Don't Know Me." This gem, written by Charlie Walker & Eddy Arnold, was recorded by brother Ray on his landmark 1962 ABC/Paramount album, _Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music_.

Another great singer/pianist who, like brother Ray & Richard, was able to combine soul, jazz & country with emotion-drenched vocals was the late Charlie Rich. On Mr. Rich's 1992 ablum, _Pictures And Paintings_ (Sire/Warner Bros./Blue Horizon 9 26730-2), there's a great version of "You Don't Know Me." Mr. Rich's singing on this, along with his great piano solo, has always brought tears to my eyes. Also outstanding on the album is Mr. Rich's performance of the title song, written by Doc Pomus & Mac Rebenack, which like the album itself is an over-looked classic.

Sadly, though Richard & Charlie have left us, we still have brother Ray. Wouldn't it be great if The Band & Robbie Robertson could lay their differences aside and recruit Mr. Charles to record a tribute album to Richard Manuel with them. Imagine brother Ray doing "The Shape I'm In", "Lonesome Susie" & other songs with The Band backing him up & Robertson producing & playing guitar. I guess I'm living in a dream, so in the meantime this evening I'll just program the CD changer to play a healthy dose of Richard, brother Ray & Charlie.

Thu Apr 23 15:27:34 MET DST 1998

Paul Schoninger

From: Lexington, KY

According to Robbie Robertson on the Charlie Rose show last night, the "Making A Noise in This World" will be shown on PBS on August 14. Enjoyed the Rose show last night. What's up with the rest of the boys. Anything ever come of the Danko/Keith Richards stuff.

Thu Apr 23 12:45:08 MET DST 1998


From: Washington D.C.

Tiny Montgomery - I think you have observed something very important. One would think there'd be promotional stuff on the agenda, if there's to be a new CD. Save for a few comments, it's strange how more people aren't discussing this, but maybe few are bothered about the implications of the current situation.

As for a new Band CD (assuming by its last-known members) I'd certainly have my doubts, were it not for the official press release earlier this year via the record company themselves. Though who knows what has transpired since then? Not saying things have fallen through, but if they have, then it would certainly be convenient for those involved to continue with the same story. Think about it. What do politicians do? If there's an agenda going on they don't want to admit to, other "suitable" information is put about to avoid speculation. Works wonders.

But assuming there is to be a new CD, one can only hope it will contain "original" material. And not just a bunch of cover songs. Or yet another version of the likes of The Weight. If they can't come up with enough new stuff themselves, obviously they need to draft somebody in to deal with the songwriting (not necessarily a performing group member). Such person to work with them on a regular basis, get the whole feel of the group and where it's headed. That would seem the most sensible idea, and there are plenty of great songwriters who'd need no second asking to work for The Band. Any other ideas?

Thu Apr 23 08:04:49 MET DST 1998

Brooke Sluder

From: Hartford City, Indiana

I finally got Robbie Robertson's new Album. It's amazing. The man is a genius. I wish they would get back together man. Those guys made magic. The possibilities for making music are endless with those men. If they got together with Robbie for one more album it would be a piece of art. It would be poetry. Robbie is brilliant solo and The Band is brilliant now. Way back when, they were Goddamn incredible. Agree?? Does anyone know where I can get a bumper sticker with The Band on it? This is important.

Thu Apr 23 03:58:05 MET DST 1998

Jonathan Katz

From: Columbia, MD

According to Eric Von Schmidt [quoted in Anthony Scaduto's book on Dylan] Bloomfield et al. were intent on making a statement at Newport in '65. The mix wasn't set right and the sudience couldn't hear the Dylan vocals, only the band. Shouting ensued in efforts to get the band to "turn it down." The mix on the tape that I have from Newport is o.k., so I don't know about this theory, but it could explain some of the frenzied nature to Bloomfield's playing.

Thu Apr 23 02:39:47 MET DST 1998

Scuzzy Boots

From: the soul

i own a copy of dylan's 65 show at newport. i find it somewhat ironic that bloomfield played more frenzied than ever before, almost as if he wanted to incite a controversy. the playing is a racus effort that unfortunately upstaged dylan and his songs. robbie's contrasting style always added and stayed within the song. listen to the 65 berkley performance of it aint me babe for proof of robertsons excellence. jan was kind enough to put a sound sample on the page for those that don't already own this gem. the newport show is worth the ticket price for the insane guitarwork of bloomfield, but don't expect the songs to be memorable. i much prefer his playing on tombstone blues from highway 61, one of my favorites.

Thu Apr 23 02:27:41 MET DST 1998


From: out west

HMMM, More and more solo dates appear, but no Band dates! Will they ever hit the road as the Band again? Call me Crazy (Chester), but when somethings not right it's wrong! One would think they would want to promote a new record when it comes out? Levon is obvoiusly more interestd in playing with his Crowmatics, sure wish they go out west to San Francisco! I am just about ready to fly back east and kick Levon in the Ass! Maybe sometime in the fall, we might see some Band dates (GOD that's a long time). If any of you JAWBONE subscribers know something that I don't, please tell!

Wed Apr 22 23:17:41 MET DST 1998


From: New York

Great web sight. Must agree with Karl,any Band fan will love Jawbone. received mine day before yesterday and can't wait for next issue,to bad it only comes out quarterly. Lee does a great job with Jawbone.

Wed Apr 22 22:44:08 MET DST 1998


From: Indy

Nice to have intelligent conversation back at the web page--don't visit often due to babies that seem to occupy my time constantly, but a big thanks to recent contributors for saving me from "Barney Brain" of late.

Saw John Hammond at Mountain Stage many years ago and was introduced to raw blues for the very first time. Though it was obvious he was channeling spirits that weren't his own, it got my husband and I interested in music that we previously thought of as "our parent's music" and made us dig deeper to where it began. I haven't thought about that experience in a VERY long time.

Wed Apr 22 22:33:54 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

Wow! Great entries in the guestbook lately. Many thanks to Peter Viney, Buzzy Scoots, David Powell,etc. I agree that the guitar playing on "So Many Roads" and "I Can Tell" is superb. About ten years ago, I purchased "The Best Of John Hammond" because it had some extra tracks that Robbie and Levon played on that were not on the earlier records. Were these the same sessions?

Also, there is a good interview with Robbie on . You can find it in the interview section. Looking forward to seeing Charlie Rose tonight.

Wed Apr 22 18:26:11 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

Mrs. Amused--also among John Hammond Sr.'s discoveries was Stevie Ray Vaughn. I find it somewhat ironic that it was Hammond Jr. who, years before, was one of the first to "discover" the talents of Jimi hendirx, the man from whom Mr. Vaughn would later "borrow" a great deal from in his playing style.

gopher--I see your point. Hammond Jr. is an interpreter rather than a true bluesman, but he is certainly doing his part to keep the tradition alive. Perhaps he has also turned on some younger listeners, who after hearing Hammond, go out & seek the original versions of the material. Years ago when those other pale imitators at the time, the Rolling Stones, appeared on the t.v. show "Shindig" they insisted that Howlin' Wolf also appear on the show. Thus they enabled many young white kids to get their first glimpse of a true blues legend.

Sonny Boy Williamson, after recording an album with the Yardbirds in England, was said to have remarked that those boys were enthusiastic but "couldn't play worth shit." Howlin' Wolf, on his London sessions album, was captured on tape instructing the young Eric Clapton on the finer points of getting the timing right for "Red Rooster." When The Band hooked up with Sonny Boy down in Arkansas, they evidentally proved they had more expertise in their "feel" for the blues.

Wed Apr 22 18:22:15 MET DST 1998

Bill Munson

From: Toronto

Towards the beginning of Peter Viney's longish note yesterday, he says, "Levon & The Hawks covered Little Red Rooster". Could be, but if Peter is basing his point on the liner notes to the Transfusion LP of pre-Beatles rarities by variouos artists, or on the appendix to the second edition of Greil Marcus' Mystery Train which cites the two Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks songs on the Transfusion LP as an early effor the 'our' Hawks), he is mistaken. (Sorry about that awful sentence.)

The compilers of the LP clearly listened to the "Little Red Rooster" 45 released in '65 by Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks, and assumed that it was by 'our' Hawks. This is understandable. However, the Hawks on that record was a completely different group, hired by Hawkins for (among other things) their ability to sound like the recently departed Levon and the boys. If anyone cares, the Robertsonian lead break was played by Bobby Starr. The rest of the group (without Starr or Hawkins) was at the same time also recording for Hawkins' label under the name Robbie Lane and the Disciples.

By the way, Marcus somehow learned of his error, and the third edition of Mystery Train makes no mention of the record at all. Perhaps that's unfortunate, as it is a great illustration of how influential Robertson's playing was on the local scene at the time (and for years to come).

Wed Apr 22 17:32:21 MET DST 1998


dave- if by "our" you mean 'white people', perhaps you are correct, though i would still argue that hammond, jr. still tries too hard, and misses the mark more often than not. given that, he's a better "interpreter" than most, i suppose...

point is, the blues don't yet demand "interpretation" particularly. there are still a fine mess of folks out there who, whether by social, ethnic, or gut instinct have that innate sense, and are coming from a real place: continuing, rather than interpreting tradition, heart, and soul. they deserve attention and discussion by default, in precedence of hammond, jr. or his ilk, talented as he, or they, may be. ...sorry, a pet peeve, i suppose.

Wed Apr 22 17:24:13 MET DST 1998

Paul Schoninger

From: Lexington KY

According to both the Capitol Records website and the Charlie Rose webpage, Robbie Robertson will be on the Rose show this evening, Wednesday, April 22. At least locally, it shows at 11:00 PM. Later.

Wed Apr 22 16:50:22 MET DST 1998

Mrs. Amused

From: The Waters of Oblivion

Another Dylan-Band connection is that John Hammond's dad, John Sr. was the guy who signed Dylan to Columbia Records back in '61 (as well as other artists from Benny Goodman to Bruce Springsteen). Come back home, Mr. Amused--all is forgiven.

Wed Apr 22 16:40:13 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

"...When you get home, you can eat pork & beans / I eats more chicken, any man seen / I am back door man / The mens don't know but the little girls understand."---Willie Dixon as performed by Howlin' Wolf

Mr. Scoots/Boots--I enjoyed reading your posting & insight about Mr. Hammond. You may be correct about Hammond being credited with the lead on "Smokestack..." but Robertson is also playing on that track adding counterpoint guitar, much as Willie Johnson & Hubert Sumlin did together on Wolf's original original. Incidentally, "Smokestack Lightning" refers to a train, and the Wolf's howling along with the rhythmic drone of the guitars accurately conveys the lonesome sound of a train passing somewhere in the distance at night.

What I was trying to convey in my previous posting was that Robertson learned a little bit about how to convey powerful emotions in his playing from listening to Howlin' Wolf. Robertson's solos on _So Many Roads_ certainly reflect that. Although he has matured over the years into one of our finest interpreters of the blues, Hammond at the beginning of his career would often sound too cerebral in his approach to playing. Robertson's fierce guitar solos added that much needed visceral punch to Hammond's interpretations.

I too have found many Howlin' Wolf records in the cut out bins over the years. For those of you who may not have any of his recordings, I strongly recommend that you check out _Howlin' Wolf, His Best_. This CD was released by MCA last year as part of the 50th anniversary of Chess Records series (MCA/Chess CHD-9375). It contains twenty of the Wolf's best songs, digitally remastered to todays standards.

Wed Apr 22 10:36:28 MET DST 1998


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Wed Apr 22 10:13:51 MET DST 1998

Karl Wallendszus

From: Oxford, UK

I'd like to put in a plug for Jawbone. For those who don't know, it's a fanzine for The Band produced by a guy called Lee Gabites in Manchester here in the UK. There is a page about it in the "Library" section of this web site.

I received the latest issue a couple of days ago. I includes interviews with Richard Bell and Jim Weider, and Peter Viney's article about 'Dixie'. Quite a few recent photos too. Thoroughly recommended to all Band fans, especially those in the UK. Well done Lee.

Wed Apr 22 09:18:11 MET DST 1998

Peter Robertson

From: London Ontario

Please send a message, Jamie, if you will. It would be interesting to hear form you. Everyone is doing fine. Peter (Salam) Robertson

Wed Apr 22 08:15:24 MET DST 1998

Dan Blood

From: CA

As a member of The Band Robbie's guitar licks always seemed to have this understated quality. Somewhere they said they wanted this sound heavily laden with the two gospel instruments: piano and organ and to downplay the electric guitar. They were no doubt successful with the idea and we are grateful.

For Eric Clapton to tell the story of how he wanted to join The Band but didn't quite have the guts to ask, he must have thought that perhaps he could have improved on the guitar playing of Robbie. He must have thought that, unless he was going to shift to the banjo. So is Robbie a zen master where less is better, or is he lacking something? Think of the planned and polished feel of the guitar solo of Ophelia, reminding us of a Dixieland horn player stepping forward to get his 8 bars in and then back in line when he's done. It's a cool solo but hardly rock or blues based. And does it feel spontaneous or overly rehearsed?

David Powell: Thanks for reminding us of that bit in Going Home. I remember it. You point out that there is a vast talent for guitar playing that never made it to a wider audience. But only a musician could tell that story the way Robbie did, kind of the way a painter might describe color.

Lest all you critics point out that guitar playing is so much more than solo work, I agree. And careful listening to The Band's music reveals that all five were doing something really unique most of the time to create that sound. The one I really dig is the live one from Watkins Glen with the long intro on guitar, Back to Memphis. It has a snap and a curl and a hook to it that makes my head bob like one of those bouncing hound dogs on the rear deck of a Chevy in the 60's.

My dream is to be transported back in time and happen upon a rehearsal or an actual recording session of theirs...just out of the silence of the forest around Woodstock or the honking traffic of Hollywood Blvd. What a respite that would be.

Wed Apr 22 04:16:21 MET DST 1998

scuzzy boots

i have a copy of mirrors, johnathan. your not missing very much. robbie plays on two songs an early (boring) version of wish you would and key to the highway, where robbies playing is very restrained. if you would like to make a trade, send me a list. the version of key to the highway that i would kill for is the 68 version the band cut. i imagine levon or richard on vocals. anyone know for sure? great page jan! many thanks from, scuzzy.

Wed Apr 22 03:55:17 MET DST 1998

Buzzy Scoots

From: Miami

dear mr david powell. i've always felt that smokestack lightning was one of less spectacular songs on the i can tell album, along with i'm in the mood. maybe because of the fact that Hammond plays lead on those two. hate to burst your bubble but you can read it in the original liner notes. you can definitely hear rr's influence though. i once asked hammond, out of all of the guitarists he had played with from hendrix to allman, who his favorite electric guitar player was and he said, "robertson, that boy sure could play the blues". in a blues book i saw a hammond interview. one of the questions was about bloomfield. hammond answered the question by saying rr was a bigger influence on him, saying that mike was intimidated by rr. the same thing that levon said about the so many roads sessions. in the liner notes to the hendrix album, Blues, hammond was also quoted. when asked about his short stint with jimi, he said that hendrix was influenced by rr's playing on the so many roads record. the solo on judge a book is unlike any other i have ever heard. the cd issue of i can tell contains 4 tracks from the sessions hammond did with Allman, shake for me is some of duanes finest slide. as for robbies playing, i'll never forget the first time i listened to that record. less than a minute into it robertson blew me away, i wish you would contains robbies most violent guitarwork. hammond wouldn't stand a chance playing this one.

Wed Apr 22 02:11:39 MET DST 1998

Steve Goodman

From: Banana Republic

Mike Nomad

Though my hair's parsley grown, my jive is salty and I can pepper you with quips all day, I remain a simple sassafrassy BandHead.

Long live The Band!

Tue Apr 21 23:47:55 MET DST 1998

Jonathan Katz

From: Columbia, MD

The Robertson solos on Robertson's solos on John Hammond's "I Can Tell" album are a joy, as are the solos on "So Many Roads." Does anyone have the "Mirrors" LP and a track listing with more detailed credits than those appearing here? [Or does anyone have a tape of it to trade?] Does anyone know about the tracks on Hammond's "Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover?" Are they the ones from "Mirrors" with Band personnel? Greil Marcus called these solos something akin to "all barbed wire and sharp edges" I think. He meant exactly what David Powell was saying here. Peter Viney - I am going to scour the cut-out bins for the rocking chair album. You're right about cut-out bins - there's some great stuff in there, and at great prices. I got the "I Can Tell" album from a cut-out bin about 20 years ago.

Tue Apr 21 23:19:16 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

From: Poole, Dorset, UK

Thanks to David Powell. The best thing about the Guestbook is when it helps program the evening's listening. I just found my CD of Howlin' Wolf's 'The Rocking Chair Album' (I have to admit I have my CDs in alphabetical order - a bad obsessive tendency - and I had to look under both H and W). Robbie has mentioned Hubert Sumlin's guitar before. Jimmy Rodgers also played on some Wolf tracks. Levon & The Hawks covered Little Red Rooster (aka The Red Rooster) and Howling For My Baby. The Band did 'Little Red Rooster' in 90/91. It's been on Danko solo shows too. 'Sitting On Top of The World' featured on Levon's solo shows in the early 80s. 'The Rockin' Chair Album' was untitled but had a rocking chair on the cover. I wonder which song that inspired! The album was issued on CD on the French Vogue label, with the original 12 tracks boosted to 24.It's got nearly everything except 'Smokestack Lightnin' on it. A fantastic album. To Mr Amused: If 'Redboy' ends up in Wal-Mart at $3.99, let me know. I'll buy every copy I can get for … my kids, my nieces, my nephews. I don't think Redboy will hit the cut-out bins, but it would be in good company if it did. Woolworths had The Dillards 'Wheatstraw Suite' at around 50p (then about 75 c) in the early seventies, and I bought about six. I gave them to friends, and they're still played. I saw the Ronnie Hawkins Mr Dynamo album last year retailing at £125, complete with "cut-out - 99 cents" sticker. Don't reject 'Redboy' lightly. It's not been off my CD player in weeks.

Tue Apr 21 15:49:01 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

"When I heard Howlin' Wolf, I said, 'This is for me. This is where the soul of man never dies."---Sam Phillips (who would later discover Elvis, Carl, Jerry Lee, Roy, Johnny & Charlie)

In the Disney Channel's "Going Home" with Robbie Robertson, Robertson takes his Telecaster in hand to illustrate an influence on his guitar playing. As he describes it: "...I remember this lick that I'd heard. It was the simplest thing, but it had an emotion to it that I could never get over. And it was a guitar player that played with Howlin' Wolf. And he did this (Robertson plays the lick)...when you hit the strings at the same time and you went like (plays the lick again) just did a thing. It just gave me the shivers."

What Robertson played were the opening notes to the lick that forms the basis of Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lightning." Variations of this same riff also appear in several of the Wolf's other songs. His lead guitarist was Hubert Sumlin, a member of Wolf's band for 25 years, who after Wolf's death has continued a solo career.

Mr. Sumlin's distinctive playing style, using his thumb & fingers instead of a pick, became an essential part of Howlin' Wolf's haunting sound. The Wolf's trademark growling vocals, fueled by driving, almost hypnotic rhythms, produced a spine-tingling, feral sound. Mr. Sumlin became adept at following the Wolf's spontaneous approach to music, playing licks that cut through like a knife. Sumlin's "stinging" notes would ring out as the Wolf repeated lines to create his eerie blues mantra.

The fact that Robertson chose to focus on this style of guitar playing in the Disney documentary illustrate the apparent powerful effect it msut have had on his own approach to playing lead guitar, especially in the early part of his career. Just listen to Robertson's solos on John Hammond's cover versions of the Wolf's "Smokestack Lightning" and "Spoonful" on Hammond's _I Can Tell_album. Powerful stuff indeed.

Tue Apr 21 04:13:05 MET DST 1998

Pat Brennan

From: Skokie USA

We all just let the 29th Anniversary of the boys' first performance as the Band pass unnoticed (April 17-19, 1969). Oh well. Concerning Get Up Jake: that tune was recorded in New York after the Sammy Davis Sessions, although they may have made an attempt at it in California. They also recorded Whispering Pines, Jemima Surrender, and Cripple Creek in the Apple at the Hit Factory. Still, if you find the house, we'd all like the addy.

Tue Apr 21 03:31:47 MET DST 1998

Dan Blood

From: CA

Around 1974-75, Robbie said that if you wanna know where it's at listen to a Polish composer named Kristoff Pendereki. RR was referring to an 'avante garde' ultra modern composer whose Passion According to Mark (or Luke) was mysterious, and colored with strange tones and rythyms. Of course I got on a bus from New Jersey and found a copy in a record shop in the New York City. I remember I had one of those minature, portable record players where the 33 1/3 LP stuck over the edges. The music wasn't mainstream classical. Hardly a melody or a rythym I could connect with. Choral stuff with screeching orchestra. Anyone remember this period. Does Red Boy remind me of this? Yes.

Tue Apr 21 02:36:58 MET DST 1998

Charlie Young

From: Down in Old Virginny

Jan: I just learned that people in Norway buy more books than any country in the world. No wonder this most literate of rock'n'roll website originates there. Speaking of books, there's a great European picturebook which came out about 1977 in English, with Dylan backed by The Band turning up as "The Bob Bronto Band." I once gave a copy to Rick Danko as a gift, and he got a kick out of it. The book is titled "The Island of Nose," and the illustrator is a Dutch artist named Jan Verburg. Copies are available from if anyone is interested. I recently got the Homegrown Video tape of Rick talking about his bass playing and running through various exercises. I think it's a great tape and of great interest to anyone who loves the music of The Band, even with no musical talent--like me...His discussion of switching to the Ampeg fretless for the "Stagefright" and "Cahoots" albums was especially interesting. If you read this Rick, I hope you're well. Thanks for all the years of great music.

Tue Apr 21 00:36:45 MET DST 1998


From: Despare

Nice entry David Powell. I think Paul's first one was his best. But I'm afraid John left him in the dust with the plastic ono band (Klaus*). " there aint no Jesus gonna come from the sky, now that I've found out, I know I can cry. That reminds me, doesn't Leah Hicks sound a bit like the yokester. I've been thru all of J.D. Salinger's books, I'm very well read, it's well known. " so I just got to tell you, goodbye goodbye.

Mon Apr 20 23:42:12 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

I agree with Pat Brennan about Robbie's new one. It definately gets better and better with each listen.

I have no problem with Mr. Amused giving his opinions. However, I am confused as to why he reads the guestbook, since he gives the impression that he does not like the Band, its members or other readers of the guestbook. I apologize if I am misinterpreting his comments.

Mon Apr 20 23:25:32 MET DST 1998


From: Greaser Heaver

Stay gold, Ponyboy

Mon Apr 20 22:51:14 MET DST 1998

Mike Nomad

From: Smooth Rock Falls, Ont.

Steve Goodman: always the sage.

Mon Apr 20 22:45:39 MET DST 1998


From: Penn

See what?

Mon Apr 20 20:58:22 MET DST 1998

Jan H.

From: Halden, Norway

Testing the guestbook program after a little disc problem. If we see this, we're back on track.

Mon Apr 20 18:48:12 MET DST 1998


From: London, ON

Hi, great web site! Lokking for Mr. Robertson's email or contact address for studio work. Can anyone assist me?

Mon Apr 20 15:18:25 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

"La-la la-la lovely Linda / with the lovely flowers in her hair...Bye bye says the sign in the shop window / why why says the junk in the yard."

Mon Apr 20 14:09:07 MET DST 1998

Dan Blood

From: CA

Ben, where is that house in Hollywood that belonged to Sammy Davis Jr. Do you know the street and address? BTW, I had a deck hand job on a yatch in the mid 70's and Sammy chartered it with his wife and friends and now that you mention it he had all those porno things on Beta. Behind the Green Door on the one you mentioned.

P.S. Red Boy sounding better. Me think it maybe get good.

Mon Apr 20 07:28:49 MET DST 1998

Ben Pike

From: Cleveland Tx.

Dan, Now its a funny thang you bring it up. But the old woman in her Shoe has been visiting her kids so much She got these frequented flyer miles. So She give some to me. So Im'a going to Calafornia to see that rascal Bob. Met him one time in a topless place, but he was just a staring away at this one gal. Going to see that house where The Boys cut Get Up Jake and them other tunes. Little Sammy one eye used to run the house, then he heard The Band and it drove him to devil worship with the makers of Deep Throat. Try following that. I got me a tape of Richard doing "You Don't Know Me" on one of the early reunion tours. Silk.

Mon Apr 20 05:58:14 MET DST 1998

Jonathan Katz

From: Columbia, MD

To Dan - Glad to see Jericho mentioned in the Guestbook - its an under-appreciated album. Standouts are Blind Willie, Atlantic City, Caves of...., and Amazon. This one is a lot better than "Hog" and approaches, and maybe even surpasses at least one release by the original members. BTW: for those looking for copies of "Big Pink" and "the Brown Album," as well as some others, can be obtained through BMG Music [] which has in the past listed this site in their literature.

Mon Apr 20 05:35:22 MET DST 1998



Gopher, Unfortunatly I believe there ain't no brazilan page 'bout dylan but as I had said it was really a great show, as I don't rememember exactly the song list i will put the ones i remember by heart; 1) To be alone with you 2) Cocaine blues 3) It's all over now, Baby Blue 4) Tangle up in blues 5) Just like a woman 6) Stuck inside of mobile ... 7) Highway 61 And about + four or five songs from "Time out of mind".

Mon Apr 20 04:02:48 MET DST 1998

Jacques Bergeron

From: Toronto

WE love Contact. In fact I have been listening to it non stop for weeks now. It is hauntingly beautiful. Just would love to have the lyrics for it. Thanks

Mon Apr 20 03:14:24 MET DST 1998


From: New York

Jan - Not sure if there is any such thing as playing The Band "too much" at home - but absolutely loved your son's re-work of the home page! One comment however - do you think he used the word "rubbish" enough times? Aah - the life of a 10 year old. And he's a cutie too! God bless him!

Mon Apr 20 01:20:44 MET DST 1998

Steve Goodman

From: Banana Republic

Mike Nomad

Regarding Rosemary the after-hours deejay. Guess her thyme was up.

Mon Apr 20 01:03:51 MET DST 1998

Jim the General

From: Nederland Colorado

At the risk of sounding glib, this is the best reason I've found to date for having a computer (we bought one about a month ago). Thank you for maintaining this site, and thank you to all the fans who have stayed loyal to the greatest rock band ever. During my military career in Germany (1970-71), I was DJ for a pirate radio station euphemistically called OYNK Radio, and broadcast The Band to Europe on a daily basis. I also was privileged to attend the Frankfurt concert. Anyone out there remember it? At any rate, here's to The Band and all the fellas....

Mon Apr 20 00:30:22 MET DST 1998

Pat Brennan

From: Skokie USA

With three kids, I don't mean to come down on the side of bad language, but the Band has always had a randy side to it that I've enjoyed. True, much of it is well-veiled--"Jemimia Surrender" for instance has enough double entendres to take the proverbial cake, until you count up the drug references in "Forbidden Fruit"--but "That's a bunch of shit" from the Rock of Ages' "Rock 'n Roll Shoes" leaves little doubt. I also recall the p**sy line getting a lot of press at the time of the movie release, and I personally thought it was funny. The rock of coke in Neil Young's nose probably contributed as much to the "adult" rating, but it all seems pretty innocuous relative to entertainment today. I'm also enjoying Robbie's new one more and more. It didn't have the initial punch that his other solo stuff had for me (BTW, I've enjoyed his solo career, particularly "Storyville" and "Between Trains"), but it seems to be revealing itself slowly and surely.

Sun Apr 19 20:52:29 MET DST 1998

Mike Nomad

From: Smooth Rock Falls, Ont.

Sorry, this unrelates to The Band, but can anyone tell me anything about a WBZ Boston deejay called Rosemary who had an after-hours show in the '50s? Thnx muchly.

Sun Apr 19 18:58:07 MET DST 1998


From: NY

Mr. Amused: I've yet to agree with you on ANYTHING you've ever said, yet I find your entries oddly refreshing. I mean, at least here's a guy who's not afraid to say what's on his mind, no matter how wrong he is. "I disagree with what you say, sir, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." (I think that came from Jimm Eppard, North Light Bar, on a hazy summer's night, long time ago.)

Sun Apr 19 17:51:08 MET DST 1998

Mr. Amused

Hi all, your "reality check " guy here again. Great entry Dan Blood. Too bad you blew 20 bucks (or whatever)on RR's latest "put on"..and have to exercise parental discretion to play it. RR strikes again as in the "more p***y than Frank Sinatra" bit in the Last Waltz that earned the film a "adult entertainment" rating in movie theatres at the time, preventing a lot of kids from seeing the film without mom and dad. You should have waited Dan, in six months Red Boy will be in the Wal-Mart bargain bins for $3.99 or less.

Sun Apr 19 10:06:14 MET DST 1998


Chingowa, Monogohilla, Alle-he-ga-heny. My dad used to say this a lot to us kids. He was from Pa.

Sun Apr 19 10:00:21 MET DST 1998


From: The Cookoos Nest

The sound is fading, the sound is fading away, the sound is fading, the sound is fading away...TUNE IN THE RADIO, THEN!!!!

Sun Apr 19 09:54:23 MET DST 1998

Dan Blood

From: CA

It's the weekend, and I'm the only lonely soul talking to whoever, wherever in The Band guestbook. Thanks over and over again, Jan.

At Don P.'s urging, I broke down and purchased Red Boy today. I like the first song on the cd with Leah Hicks Manning. You know, I was playing it on my computer and the freeze ups caused numerous restarts and that first song just kept starting up over and over...hence I got to like The Sound Is Fading. The rest of the cd reminds me of a posthumous release of Miles Davis called Bee-Bop. Some of the tracks on the Davis' thing were kind of a jazz/rap with taht steady beat, that heavy bass beat like the kids around here play in their 1000 watt car stereos. Boom-boom boom-boom!!!! Actually the producers built funky accompaniment around some solo trumpet recordings of Miles'. It was bad. it was BAD.

Robbie's thing isn't much better. To me it sounds a lot like Storyville only this has more moaning and voice overs. I do like the female singers. I don't like those narrative things though, reminds me of Elvis .."when the stage was bare and now I'm standing there crap."

I've got two children ages 6 and 9 and I'm gonna think twice about playing Robbie's number with the "bet your ass" mantra on it.

Sun Apr 19 07:01:48 MET DST 1998

Dan Blood

From: CA

I have never heard Springsteen's Atlantic City 'cept by The Band. It's one of my favorites from Jericho and when The Band played the House of Blue 2-3- years ago I remember singing with them at the top of my lungs. It seemed their song.

I would say that of the members of the Band both old and new that Levon's the guy with the punch in his voice and makes THE difference in a live performance. I guess when you compare Sprinsteen's robust vocal (which is suitable for Clarence Clemmons (sp?) blistering sax) to Levon's vocal, Levon would come out on the treble side. But LOUD! Levon's vocal can bust eardrums.

Sat Apr 18 20:50:42 MET DST 1998

john donabie

From: toronto

CAP...The Le Coq D'Or is now an HMV music store at 333 Yonge st. They had to be told what the importance of the address was.

Sat Apr 18 16:56:17 MET DST 1998

Brian & Martha

From: Houlton, Maine

Levon, Thanks so much for "This Wheel's On Fire"!! It brought us right back and rekindled the feelings of the times. Saw you in Orono, Maine, 1992, Marvelous. Come visit!

Sat Apr 18 15:30:01 MET DST 1998



Marvin Gardens, I totally agree with your comment on "Atlantic City", I really like Springsteens original effort but I think I like THE BAND's more. Garth really shows off with some beautiful touches and the harmonizing is excellent. I like the way THE BAND throws in those Springsteen licks to accent the song. A Rolling stone reviewer once wrote in his review of "Jericho" that Levon did'nt have enough muscle in his voice to pull the song off. Saying Levon does'nt sing with muscle is like saying Arnold Schwarzenegger (sp?) is a wimp. That reviewer is an example of how far that magazine has slipped. They love Madonna's new album by the way (Robbie's too). Nice to hear some mention of Blondie Chaplin on this page. His vocal on the Beach Boys' "Sail On Sailor" is one of my all time favorites. Blondie does backing vocals and plays instruments on nearly every song on the Rolling Stones "Bridges to Babylon" cd. He is also touring with them. Unbelievable work Jan, keep it up.

Sat Apr 18 13:15:58 MET DST 1998


From: boston

I also love Moondog - great vocals and Garth is fantastic. I had a similar experience to Marvin Gardens re Rick vs Richard on "A Change Is Gonna Come." But I have also read reference to Richard's singing on "Holy Cow." For years I thought that it was Rick handling the vocals. In either case, it's a great version of the old Lee Dorsey song.

Sat Apr 18 06:56:33 MET DST 1998

King Peach

From: Jericho, Kentucky

Hey all! Great site (again). Any of you happen to know any tablature for King Harvest....maybe Robbie best guitar work with The Band. Thanks in advance.

Sat Apr 18 00:07:21 MET DST 1998

Marvin Gardens

From: Long Island

To Bones and others regarding "A Change is Gonna Come" on Moondog Matinee

Rick is at the top of his form here and though I enjoy his rendition he can't touch Sam Cooke's original. Has anybody heard Rick perform this classic of late? As for Levon, he has clearly improved on Springsteen's Atlantic City.

Fri Apr 17 23:46:15 MET DST 1998

Peter Schack

From: Denmark

Hi ! I'm a Danish Band fan who is very pleased with this web site - great job. I'm looking forward to see The Band in Denmark again very soon, I saw them in Århus a couple of years ago - great Concert!

Fri Apr 17 22:53:51 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

Thanks to David Powell for another interesting post. I love all the recent comments made here lately about Moondog Matinee. I must have read five album reviews that talked about Richard singing "A Change Is Gonna Come", which always puzzled me because it is one of my favorite Danko vocals. How could so many critics have missed that?

Also, VH-1 is currently playing Robbie's "Unbound" video. I'm usually not a big fan of videos, but I like this one.

Fri Apr 17 21:59:23 MET DST 1998

Spider John

From: Rancho Deluxe

To Pat Brennan

Good one and probably true.

Fri Apr 17 21:27:40 MET DST 1998

Pat Brennan

From: Skokie USA

Thanks to Spider John for proving that Jimmy Buffett has a good record collection. Another Garth moment: at the Last Waltz when Dylan sings "when the winds of changes shift." Listen to Garth's take on the sound of nature. BTW, just drove across Illinois listening to the Saturday Night Live performance. Besides the Palladium show 9/76, this might be the best.

Fri Apr 17 19:56:32 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

Here's the address for a cool Dylan web page:

It's called "20 lbs. of headlinks" and lists over 75 Dylan sites around the web

Fri Apr 17 17:25:55 MET DST 1998


From: Washington, DC

I check out this page all the time but rarely contribute the guestbook. But I've got a question for all you long-time Band fans, particularly the Canadian ones. I am going to be going to Toronto soon for a few days for a business trip... and was wondering if anyone knows if the Le Coq D'Or or any other of The Hawks old stomping grounds still exist? I'd love to check out some of their old venues, maybe see if they have a Hawks photo up on the wall or something. If anyone up there can point me in the right direction I'd appreciate it.

On another note, is there any further word on Robbie's Charlie Rose appearance? Charlie Rose is a much better forum than Politically Incorrect, I think, to hear Robbie talk a bit. Hope I catch it.

Fri Apr 17 16:43:20 MET DST 1998


i always thought moondog matinee to be the band's most misunderstood record, and least appreciated effort, as well, for what it's worth. i'm sorry my link to dylan reportage in sao paulo disappeared, since judging from the entry of "vilanova" some interest may have existed... by the way, jan, i'm still working on arranging that buk video for ya, i haven't forgotten, pal!

Fri Apr 17 15:17:47 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

Hope everyone over in Tennessee & Arkansas are okay today. The weather here down south has been very scary recently.

I whole heartily agree with Frogman's recent comments about _Moondog Matinee_. It's a great homage to the early days of rock & roll and a wonderful showcase for Garth' s keyboard agility. It's funny but those old analog synthesizers & keyboards are much sought after by today's young rockers.

The Band brought in a couple of Woodstock-based musicians to help out on the Moondog project. Billy Mundi is the second drummer on "Mystery Train" and steel guitarist Ben Keith plays on "The Promised Land." Mr. Keith used that effects box with the mouth tube which was invented by a Nashville musician for the pedal steel guitar. Guitarists Joe Walsh & Peter Frampton would later popularize its use in rock music. Correct me if I'm wrong--but that sounds like Keith playing on "Holy Cow" also.

As I mentioned here recently, mastering engineer Bob "the best ears in the business" Ludwig worked on _Jericho_&_High On The Hog_. Mr. Ludwig did the mastering of the original Moondog analog release. He also mastered the recent Scotty Moore / B.J. Fontana album, _All The King's Men_, which features members of The Band on one song. I wouldn't be surprised to see Mr. Ludwig credited on the upcoming Band project, if & when (hopefully soon) the tracks are completed.

Fri Apr 17 08:54:03 MET DST 1998


From: Germany

Last week I buyed the cd "Musif for Native Americans". I must say it's a very very wonderful musik. I hope I can find more of this. Thank you for this good music. Greetings from Germany.

Fri Apr 17 08:04:44 MET DST 1998

Diana DeMille

From: San Luis Obispo, CA
Home page:

Excellent site. And, of course, I'm a fan! Why else would I include my drawings and painting of Charles Lloyd and his quartet. :o)

Fri Apr 17 04:56:28 MET DST 1998




Fri Apr 17 04:22:10 MET DST 1998

Spider John

From: Rancho Deluxe

The Band 1971 Life is a Carnival

Hey buddy would you like to buy a watch real cheap, here on the street?

Life is a Carnival

Jimmy Buffett 1989 Carnival World

Too many hawkers on this travellin show- Everybody's got something to sell Bootleg Swatches... There's no free ride in this Carnival World.

Fri Apr 17 03:00:19 MET DST 1998

Ponyboy Curtis

From: the streets

danko's bass in we can talk, richards drumming in rag mama, robbie's intro on watkins glen version of time to kill, levons singing on the last waltz version of dixie and cripple creek, "yeah, yeah..." intense vocals. garth's solo on slippin and slidin on the box set, robbie's into to so many roads, garth's playing on whispering pines, the way danko's bass and levon's drums anticipate and then support robbies second solo ( the one that closes out the most rockin band song that i own) on going back to memphis.and on and on...

Fri Apr 17 02:04:53 MET DST 1998

Quinn the Eskimo

From: Twenty-Nine Palms, CA, USA

Hey TC: check for the best Byrds website, which is linked to the one for Roger McGuinn. The official Sony Dylan website is OK (, but I haven't checked one for Neil Young yet.

Fri Apr 17 01:10:33 MET DST 1998


From: Minneapolis

...Any cousin of Richard is a cousin of mine. It feels good to have Band Blood reading the guestbook.

David Powell: your recent postings are what I long for in the guestbook: tidbits of "right on the mark" musical highlights of the Band. Keep on pointing out to the rest of us those hidden highlights that the make the Band so great.

Here's one of my own: Since the first Rock of Ages album that I bought, in around 1974, I probably have played Robbie's into to The Weight five thousand times, and will play it another five thousand. It's one of those guitar parts that I will never tire of...


Fri Apr 17 01:05:53 MET DST 1998

Jim Gargiulo

From: hastings-on hudson ny

the band lives on!!!!

Thu Apr 16 22:02:38 MET DST 1998

Bernie G.

From: Belgium

I have had the "pleasure" of being a webmaster for over a year myself, and I have to agree with "Typically Canadian". The quality of this web site is remarkably good. It is hard to imagine how one person who has another full time job can be able to keep up a site like The Band web. There are "web consultant" companies that charge an arm and a leg for creating sites that do not deserve to be mentioned in te same sentence as The Band site. I hope The Band and the management support this site, and that they realize what it means.

If anyone from The BAnd camp read this: PLEASE some back to Belgium or at least the continent again. I saw you in 1996 here and in Germany, and you were great.


Thu Apr 16 21:40:35 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

For those who are interested: There is a great article on Robbie's new record in the new issue of Stereo Review (May '98). They spotlighted it as the "Best of the Month".

To Diane: Thanks for the post; however, Robbie was not on the Charlie Rose Show last night. He taped his interview last night, which will be shown at a later time(TBA).

Thu Apr 16 20:19:38 MET DST 1998

Jon Lyness

From: New York City

I couldn't agree more with the recent comments about Rick's harmonies and backing vocals. Another recent example is his harmony on Tom Pacheco's "Four Angels", on the Woodstock Winter CD. Just six lines of that song backed by Rick, but (IMHO) those harmonies are worth the price of the album alone.

Thu Apr 16 20:02:55 MET DST 1998

Rich Forbes

From: Jersey

Hi Guys! Just wanted to say hello! It's been a few.. looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Thu Apr 16 18:57:34 MET DST 1998

Typically Canadian

From: Halifax

Once again I would like to thank Jan for this excellent website. I have yet to see another one that's information is so easily accessible and complete.

Since all the Guestbook users are all big music fans, perhaps you could point me to decent of websites of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and The Byrds. Any other ones that you think are good would be welcome as well.

Thanks in advance!

Thu Apr 16 15:37:27 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Georgia on my mind

After almost thirty years of listening, _Music From Big Pink_still astonishes me with its rich textures. It remains a true classic in my mind; each time I put it on the turntable or in my CD player, I listen to it all the way through, savoring each & every song.

With all its strong & varied themes & ingredients, its hard to pick out a favorite. It seems every time I play it something grabs my attention anew. This morning while playing it on the way into work, Richard Manuel's wonderful "We Can Talk About It Now" overwhelmed me with its powerful vocal work. Excuse my French, but Richard, Rick & Levon really sing their asses off on this one, swapping lines back & forth. In my mind, perhaps no finer example exists of the vocal interplay that became a trademark of The Band sound. "I'd fix it but I don't know how"; it's just that there ain't nothing broke here friends.

Thu Apr 16 03:31:03 MET DST 1998

Jake Holman

From: San Pablo

Recently watched Robbie on Letterman performing "Unbound". It left me "Uninterested" and will remain"Unbought".

Anybody got a review/setlist of Eric Andersen & Ed Kaercher @ The Brokerage?

Nice to be back in port.

Thu Apr 16 02:14:25 MET DST 1998


From: New York

It's still Wednesday April 15 here in New York. Robbie Robertson is scheduled to appear on "Charlie Rose" tonight at 11pm (EST). Sorry this is posted last minute. Just saw it in the NY Post. Not really a fan myself, my thought someone in here might be interested.

Thu Apr 16 01:46:18 MET DST 1998

dale hartis

From: south carolina

I have been a fan since 1969. I have seen them live and there is something unreal about their live shows. I think the web site is fanatastic.

Thu Apr 16 01:22:07 MET DST 1998

the Crimson King

From: Parts Unknown

If anyone has information about any of these, please notify me. I would be willing to trade or buy either: 1)If anyone has a tape or CD of both the Band's and Dylan's sets at the Isle of Wight? Or if anyone has access to the 5CD set of the Basement Tapes. Please email me privately.

Thu Apr 16 01:20:33 MET DST 1998

mike D.

From: avalon archivesR&RMUSEUM


Thu Apr 16 00:05:53 MET DST 1998

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From: Canton, MA (the Boston area)

Anybody who likes RR's first three albums want to give us a concise review of Red Boy? I saw him on Letterman & he was great, but the fact that the guy who gave the world U2's POOP (spelling intentional) had a hand in it makes me wonder if I should risk the $14...

Wed Apr 15 17:56:25 MET DST 1998


From: Boston

Doug Manuel, how nice to meet you! If you were to read back, you'd find that most of us were big fans of Richard and that we still mourn his loss. I can't tell you how many songs I've heard and thought "Oh, Richard Manuel could have done so much more with that!" His voice was amazing, and it remains so clearly in my mind between Band-fests in my living room! Any great recordings in the family archives that we've never heard???? Thanks for writing to us!

Wed Apr 15 17:54:24 MET DST 1998

Tiny Montgomery

From: out west

out here west of the great divide there is one hell of a radio station! It's called KPIG 107 OINK FIVE, IT IS ON LINE AND HAS LISTENERS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD! WHERE ELSE CAN YOU HERE GREAT BAND SONGS LIKE "RIGHT AS RAIN" "WHEN YOU AWAKE" AND "STRAWBERRY WINE" NOT TO MENTION THE STANDARDS LIKE "DON'T DO IT", "KING HARVEST" & "OPHELIA"! Truly one of the countries finest and the original creators of the Americana format! Do yourself a favor and listen to them on line at You won't be dissapointed! Anyone of you east coast folk heard any news or songs about/from the new album! I'm sure someone from Woodstock has heard something come out of old Levon's barn recently, and what about honey boy's symphonic gig, where is all the reviews from japan!

Wed Apr 15 17:31:08 MET DST 1998

Greg Windley

From: Salt Lake City

I'm facinated by the large following The Band seems to have in Scandinavia. I lived in Sweden for a year in the late '70's and still love the lanugage, people, culture and music. I'm curious if anyone knows why The Band is so popular up there. Suffice it to say that they have great taste, but is there another connection?

Wed Apr 15 09:51:33 MET DST 1998


From: Memphis, TN

Listened to "Moondog Matinee" yesterday on a top-quality car stereo with a very detailed sound. Garth Hudson's keyboard work is incredible. I mean, we're talking 1973 keyboard and studio technology here, he did not yet have access to all the "high-tech" stuff he later used on "Northern Lights...". But just listen to the wonderful sounds he creates on "Mystery Train" and "Share Your Love", how perfect it works together with the voices of Levon and Richard. The whole album is a masterpiece. Garth is God.

Wed Apr 15 06:50:36 MET DST 1998

Jonathan Katz

From: Columbia, MD

To Arley: The Blondie Chaplin album can be found on this page {]. Its OK, but nothing that I find myself going back to. He's written some good songs that have been used by The Band, more recently [post-Robbie].

Wed Apr 15 01:10:53 MET DST 1998

Matthew Kerns

From: Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA

So apparently, you all hate Robbie's new album (well, not all of you, but at least a good number)... Well, I'd like to say that at least he's out there doing something new...Unbound is a very good song, and even if I don't agree with his use of electronic equiptment in music, at least he's not covering crap like Free Your Mind. Sorry if this sounds angry, but somebody's gotta stuck up for Robbie. Levon et al were always talking about how they had such a big hand in writing the music, but on their last two albums, it seems like it's been either covers, or sons written by The Band and about 3 other guys...Robbie's still writing (most) of his own stuff...

Wed Apr 15 00:26:48 MET DST 1998

Doug Manuel

From: Oshawa, Ontario CANADA

As a first cousin of Richard Manuel and a great fan of the Band, I was delighted to come across your website. I also think that Richard's Georgia On My Mind is the best. I am sad that Richard never had the opportunity to record Ray Charles, Platters type music on one CD. Thanks for helping to keep the memory of Richard alive. Greatfully Yours, Doug Manuel

Tue Apr 14 20:59:30 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

To Peter Viney and Ben Pike: Thanks for answering my Garth Hudson/Leonard Cohen question.

To Jan and Andrew: Good Luck in your non-smoking quest!

To Virgil: The performance of the "Rick Danko in Concert" CD is marvelous. My only problem with it is the sound. "Blind Willie McTell" is crisp and clear, but the sound of the others is like a bootleg recording. Absolutely worth getting because of the performance.

To Butch: Great post! Danko's harmony vocals are incredible and often overlooked. His vocal work on other people's records are wonderful also. Colin Linden's "Richard Lee", Emmylou's "Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight", and Robbie's "Hold Back The Dawn" spring to mind.

Tue Apr 14 18:49:44 MET DST 1998

john donabie

From: toronto

BUTCH: I could not agree with you more about the Danko harmonies. We can all find "pieces" of The Band that stimulate us; but the harmonies of the group really do make them unique.

I don't know if anyone is interested in the following; but Rick's brother Terry Danko has just put out a CD featuring other members of the "current Hawks" and a Canadian duo...The Partland Brothers. They calI themselves "THE FOSSILS."

I will tell you that when Terry and Gerry Baird, the drummer, would swear that Rick and Richard were together again. Gerry has always sounded very much like Richard to the point of being eerie. Terry has always been a great singer in his own rite. Terry and brother Rick's tones are very very close. He has been in and out of The Hawks and in the group Atkinson Danko & Ford, later changing their name to Bearfoot. Those two albums were available on Columbia Canada. "The Fossils" is released independently in Canada. Other members of the current hawks are: Buzz Thompson and Brent Bailey. Bailey is a great organist. Anyone interested, I'll try to see if there is a mail order situation. The CD is very good

Tue Apr 14 18:22:03 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Stone Mountain, Georgia


If you're like me, it often seems frustrating to wait years between new releases from individual members or group combinations of The Band. The question is what to do in the meantime to sate the appetite for fresh material? What I try to do is to go back & listen to the older albums closely & try to pick out little naunces that I might not have consciously noticed before. I try to figure out what exactly is going on in the structure of the songs & who is playing or singing what parts.

As an example, having recently found a German import pressing of the "Rock of Ages" two LP set at a used record store, I have been listening anew to that old familar album. I've compared the wonderful versions of songs from that album that have the Allen Toussaint horn arrangements with the original earlier recorded versions. It's amazing how those arrangements enhance & add new life to those songs.

Or try listening to the live version of "King Harvest". Right after the line "a carnival at the end of town" Garth throws in a playful keyboard line that sounds like a circus calliope. Another thing to listen for, as Butch just mentioned in the guestbook, is Rick's great harmony vocals. In fact one could spend years just trying to figure out who's singing what parts in The Band's songs.

Another fun thing to focus on is the the solid interplay between Levon's drums & Rick's bass. One other side note about "Rock of Ages"--could it be that the difference in Robbie's guitar tone is due to the fact that he's using a Telecaster with a front "humbucking" pickup instead of the standard Tele one.

Have fun & enjoy listening.

Tue Apr 14 16:39:43 MET DST 1998


From: NY

To Gen. Wayne: I'm not missing, but I AM slightly wounded. Last week I mentioned that the Guestbook had really come together, but that's all changed in a very short time. Mr. Amused (and his minions) are making the most noise, but people like John Donabie and David Powell are talking about the Band and their music. I've had quite enough of being Amused. I'd rather come in here and read about the Band.

Gail from England once mentioned that I never contribute anything except one liners (by the way, I'm not flaming Gail, I have the utmost respect for her. I took her statement as it was meant: friendly criticism). That's because I don't know as much about music as people like Powell, Donabie, Viney, Brennan, and many others out there. Sometimes I am in awe of what I read, it's mind-boggling that you know so much inside stuff.

So my meager contribution for the day is simply that I've noticed, over the years, that Rick Danko has a real gift of harmony. Just listen to him on "Cripple Creek" as he goes ever higher on the chorus.Listen to him doing high harmony with Richard in "Acadian Driftwood." I once remarked to a member of the Band that I used to think Rick wasn't that good of a singer, but then I tried to sing some of his harmonies and I then realized that he's doing some damn near impossible stuff. The Band member smiled and said" Rick can hear harmonies that no one else can hear. He's always telling us the vocals have to RING."

In Pawling this winter Rick was having fun with the Towne Crier crowd. He wanted us to sing harmony with his song. Twice the crowd sang the first line, twice Rick stopped them. Then he turned to Prof. Louie in exasperation and said "All we have here tonight are LEAD SINGERS." He wanted high harmony, but as a crowd of middle aged people struggled with the pitch, one inventive soul up front sang LOW harmony- at least he had the right idea.

Tue Apr 14 16:06:21 MET DST 1998


From: central Pa.

hello- always a pleasure to return and look around this site. To my recollection Garth played on a Blondie (Chaplan(?) champlain(?) chapman(?))choose one album in the early 1980's.I can't recall the name and thought I had it in my record collection but as one ages memory fails.Do I get a prize for remembering this for the discography? Still I remember every time I saw THE BAND. keep on keepin' on.

Tue Apr 14 01:11:54 MET DST 1998

Jack Straw

From: Mendocino, High Falls & now B.G., Ohio

Well, hello now to ya all! From a thirty years fan to all the others out there! Does anyonr know how to find, or even hear a tape from Garth's fantabulous April 6th and 7th 1990 show at the Arts At St. Ann's in Brooklyn Hts, NY? It was honestly the musical highlight of my life (I think I really really mean that) and I always hoped it would show up as a CD! I asked Garth about it a couple of times, but he seems disinterested in making it a big-time release. If anyone else saw the shows (I was at the Friday one), I'd love to hear your thoughts! All the best to everybody...peace!

Mon Apr 13 22:12:57 MET DST 1998


From: Columbus, GA

Can't seem to find a review of Rick Danko In Concert anywhere. Anyone own this recording care to comment?

Mon Apr 13 05:58:12 MET DST 1998

Aaron Ridling

From: Castle Rock, Washington
Home page:

I am looking for a copy of the lyrics for the song "Don't Do it". My step brother would like to add this to his collections of his songs... Oh, by the way, the name of his band is called "Jerry's kids", and he specializes in playing songs from The Grateful Dead. If someone can help me, I would really appreciate it... Thanks! :o)

Mon Apr 13 05:01:10 MET DST 1998


From: Philadelphia

Jan - I did the same two months ago, so if you get a supply let me know.

Mon Apr 13 03:52:01 MET DST 1998


From: not from but living in Mississippi
Home page:

Just wanted to say I'm a big fan. Have watched The Last Waltz probably a dozen times or more. Loved Levon's documentry on the Delta Blues. It is where it all started. PEACE!~pass it on~ The Old Hippie Lost in Mississippi

Mon Apr 13 03:39:04 MET DST 1998


From: NY

Happy belated birthday to Little Elmo (Mike Dunn) of the Crowmatix, who turned 39 on April 1st. Long may you run.

Mon Apr 13 01:56:43 MET DST 1998

Dan Blood

From: CA

Hi Ben. I was gonna get some tix for that Dylan/Mitchell/Morrison show but backed out because of the price. You're driving all the way from Texas?

Sun Apr 12 18:32:42 MET DST 1998

Håkan Svensson

From: Gøteborg, Sweden

Very good web site for a VERY good Band. Levon, please take the boys to Europe again. HS

Sun Apr 12 05:02:20 MET DST 1998


From: Lum Hill Road

OK- Here are the facts !!! The Band is great... Yes even the 90's group.. Anyone disagree, step outside.

Sun Apr 12 01:54:57 MET DST 1998

Renaud Tremblay

From: Canada
Home page:

I still don't get if ''The Band'' is a group or a reunion of songs from various artists!

Sat Apr 11 21:59:43 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

From: Poole UK

re/ enquiry about Leonard Cohen's 'Recent Songs' Garth Hudson appears on two tracks on this album, probably most notable for its duets with Jennifer Warnes (which don’t feature Garth). 1) Our Lady of Solitude (L. Cohen) Leonard Cohen - vocal / Steve Meador - drums / Bill Ginn - piano / Garth Hudson - Yamaha / Earle Dumier - oboe / Charles Roscoe Beck - bass / Mitch Watkins - electric guitar 2) The Gypsy’s Wife (L. Cohen) Leonard Cohen - vocals, acoustic guitar / Charles Roscoe Beck - bass / John Bilezikjian - oud / Raffi Hakopian - violin / Garth Hudson - accordion Hope this helps. P.S. I thought Robbie was great on Letterman (a day later in Europe). Look out for RECORD COLLECTOR APRIL 1998 which has a very quotable interview with Robbie, particularly on the demise of the original Band.

Sat Apr 11 21:51:40 MET DST 1998

Jan Høiberg

From: Halden, Norway

Moved the guestbook traffic from the first ten days of April to a separate file.

Talking about Robbie and "The Weight" ... I stopped smoking 3 months ago ... and could do with some of Richard's "high school girl pills". Sigh.

Sat Apr 11 19:56:06 MET DST 1998

Ben Pike

From: Cleveland Tx.

Well, I have been away from the Band room for a while, it's nice to see the petty bitching and backbitting never stops.. like a certain rock group I could mention. Bones, I am a big fan of that under rated Recent Songs album. Clearly thats Garth on Our Land of Solatude(?) and The Traitor. I think the duet Cohen sings with Jennifer Warnes(The Smokey Life) is the best thing he ever did. I was not a big fan of the first Robbie Solos but I listen to the Redman album in the store the other day and it sounded real interesting. You just can't compare it with Band Music though. GOING to see Bob with Joni and Van next month at UCLA. Eighty bucks!!!

Sat Apr 11 19:31:32 MET DST 1998

Norweigan Woody

From: Palm Beach

Hollywood Robbie turns up in a new book called "Easy Riders and Raging Bulls." There's some background about how TLW came to be, and an interesting photo of Robertson and Scorsese from that period, during which Robbie actually moved in with the director. There are some bizarre details about the assorted group of "hangers-on, visiting filmmakers, musicians and druggies who made up Scorsese's circle." For months, a group would gather in a converted garage which became a projection room (and Robertson's bedroom), watching four or five movies a night. One regular says that outside of watching movies and doing drugs, Martin Scorsese's only relaxation during this time was "playing with his collection of toy soldiers" (how do you like that, General Wayne?). A former girlfriend of the director of "The Last Waltz" today says,"it's a shame Marty wasn't gay [because] the best relationship he ever had was probably with Robbie."

Sat Apr 11 19:00:50 MET DST 1998

Dan Blood

From: CA

You're right Don Pugatch, judging Robbie for looks alone is unfair. About his song Unbound, and I don't have the cd yet so all I'm going on is the Letterman thing and the CNN thing, it sounds more like "Constipated" than "Unbound" Perhaps there's a movement from one to the other?

Sat Apr 11 07:12:39 MET DST 1998




Sat Apr 11 00:57:35 MET DST 1998

Mr. Entertained

From: the floor

Two thumbs up for the General, carry on. Amused for sure. You are very sick but entertaining nevertheless. The difinitive live version of All Along the Watchtower is on a boot called phantoms of my youth, from the 74 tour. This one cuts the version on BTF. Robbie and Garth play awesome solos. Some negative attitudes have surfaced of late, pertaining to the 74 style the band had with Dylan. I think the album rocks. Highway 61, Endless Highway, Stage fright, Most Likely. His first tour since 66, I can't think of any other act, I'd rather see in 74, than Dylan and the Band. You just can't please some people. Maybe if they came to your house and played fireside. Maybe you'd smile if Levon brought along his wooden drumkit and a bag of homegrown.

Sat Apr 11 00:50:40 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

Thanks to Lars and Don Pugatch for their recent postings.

I just purchased Leonard Cohen's "Recent Songs" because I saw it in Garth's Discography. I am really enjoying it, but I want to find out which two songs Garth plays on. Will someone tell me?

Sat Apr 11 00:27:13 MET DST 1998

Mirth ( A Limey synonym for Amusement )

Thanks General Wayne. Funny stuff. Much needed to lighten up the Guestbook and change the pace from the "I remember whens", " who saw what, when ", who hates whom ", " Are UFO's real?" propagated ( here's a new word for you John) by the Guestbook clique. Let's make this Guestbook fun to read Gen. Wayne. A little satire is good for the soul.

Luis, why do you keep forgetting the O in your name??

Sat Apr 11 00:03:43 MET DST 1998

Lars Pedersen

From: Upstate NY

Ten years ago the only thing I knew about The Band was that they sang a couple of popular songs back in the late 60's. Couldn't tell you the name of one member. I always liked their music, though.

One night I happened to watch The Last Waltz on tv. And things haven't been the same since. I bought the soundtrack of TLW and the more I listened the more I was drawn in. I'd never heard music like this before. I bought the other albums, one by one, always being drawn closer to the music.

In '91 I went to the Bearsville theatre to see the Band live for the first time. I was bitterly disappointed. They had some new people and the three remaining members (Levon, Rick, and Garth) looked DIFFERENT. They had aged!!! Rick had put on a lot of weight. They couldn't perform the songs like they did in TLW. And then it hit me. They WEREN'T GODS. THEY WERE JUST MEN. And I realized just how fragile we all are. And we're not going to be young forever. But the music is still there......maybe we are getting old, but we found the best music there is. And that's always gonna be young.

Fri Apr 10 21:57:45 MET DST 1998

Don Pugatch

From: Roswell, Ga

Was fortunate not to be home in Georgia, when the storms hit, but was in Utah watching Robbie preform. I feel we all have a given right to express our opionions, but lighten up, old enough to be my father, weight gain, give me a break!! Let's not be so vain in judgement. The man is so talented, and for him to feel so strong about an issue, tell a story, make such great music, and all some of us can come out with is he looks like he gained weight, then maybe we should take a step backwards, put on either the CD, album or 8 Track(if the player still works), of Rocking Chair, get a litte mellow and think about where The Band was, where it's members are at, and be thankful for all their talents.

Fri Apr 10 21:25:16 MET DST 1998

Pat Brennan

From: Skokie USA

General Wayne, I'm afraid you've fallen for some faulty intelligence. Mr. Amused hasn't won a skirmish here in years. Ernest T. Bass might be a better moniker.

Fri Apr 10 20:50:57 MET DST 1998

Gen. John Wayne

From: near the DMZ

GENERAL: Well Sergeant, ya wanna tell me how we got caught in this ambush?
SARGE: It's a long story, sir. It seems that Lt. Donabie set a trap for the enemy...
GEN: uhuh.
SARGE...but he badly misjudged the enemies manpower.
GEN: uh-HUH....How many down?
SARGE: they got Daniloff and Luis. We're also missing Butch and Pedersen.
GEN: who's on the horn with HQ?
SARGE: I've got Gopher explaining the situation to them.
SARGE: Sir, Mr. Amused has us pinned down from that height, and The Real Amused has engaged us from the left. And More Amused Than Ever has engaged our rear.
GEN: who's on point?
SARGE: That was Hoiberg, but he's...gone.
GEN: DAMN! We gotta withdraw. Sergeant, take your wounded back about three clicks to that abandoned pink house and we'll re-group.
SARGE: Yessir.
GEN: .....and tell the troops to hold their fire, we'll wind up cutting ourselves to pieces. (squinting) win this one , Amused.

Fri Apr 10 18:49:20 MET DST 1998


From: Phoenix

Dear Jimmysimulator Savage from The Oscillashon Trail:

I like you in "South Park" but I don't think they give you enough lines. Does that have to do with your speach impediment or your oddly shaped face?

I've had enough of these God-damned idiots! I DO NOT need this. My music is a profoundly personal and intimate joy. If it can't be shared with a computer group of "friends" at peace then it takes away the joy. Peace to y'all.

Luis (signing off)

Fri Apr 10 18:26:48 MET DST 1998

More Amused than ever.

John "Poseur" Donabie, I have to break my promise this once regarding your last comment and reply: Yeah right! You made those errors on purpose..:) and your grammar has "went".

Don E. from Wilmington, I don't get much of a goosebump from Robbie's efforts either, but as to the rest of the Band remember one thing : " It's better to be HAS-BEEN than someone WHO NEVER yourself.

Gail, I just skip past your entries. You just skip mine, then go look through your telescope, point it west and see if you can spot me "mooning" you.

Isn't this fun ?

Fri Apr 10 17:21:42 MET DST 1998


From: the Cotswolds, England

Hey John - our only hope now is that the Amused will soon return to Mars, eh. I hear there's some pretty good real-estate at Lomonosov, so maybe he should check that out... (that being a crater in the north polar region. And well, I just thought it sounded a nice welcoming place for our Mr. Amused!)

Yeah, Carole.... it's nice to see you back! We always enjoy your postings.

David - yeah, wondering about the new CD too. I find it kinda strange that they aren't doing shows, I mean as The Band, at the moment or forseeable future. I mean, you'd think they'd be needing to use that medium, to try out new ideas & stuff - feel they're way, and get some feedback etc. That's usually what musicians do, isn't it? Oh, well.

Last night here in the UK, Wednesday's Letterman show was screened. My main criticism would be, that the performance was disappointingly short! But then I suppose, on that sort of show, mostly they are. Anyway, we thought Robbie was very good, and I adore "Unbound" - it's really beautiful. I'd agree though, that Robbie never seems to be at ease with live performances. But I do think he's improved a lot since his first album - & if you check out some of that stuff, especially vocals.

Talking of Letterman - for any UK folks tuning in here.... yes, it has been confirmed. After tonight, no more Letterman in the UK! Sky have axed it, and are not buying any more. I can't believe they've done this, and the dross they're gonna have instead! Also The Tonight show, & the entire evening NBC schedule, has been discontinued by a certain cable company over a large area of this country. So for a lot of us, no more Leno, or O'Brien either! We shall miss these shows, which kept us in touch with U.S. events and many of our favourites.

Fri Apr 10 16:35:36 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Stone Mountain, Georgia

Whew--Judging by some of the comments posted here of late, there sure are a lot of you all out there harboring pent-up frustrations. My suggestion to you is relax, take a few deep breaths & listen to some of your favorite music. I know the enjoyment of music may be a novel idea to some of you, but you know what they say about its powers to soothe the savagery within.

Speaking of music--Has anyone heard anything else regarding the recording of the new Band project?

I'll throw in my two cents worth regarding The Last Waltz. Questions of ego aside, I think Levon Helm made it clear in his book that he wanted little to do with working with Mr. Scorsese. This would explain his absence in the off-stage portions of the movie. It's obvious that a lot of the camera shots chosen in the editing process focus on Robbie Robertson. However, I feel that the fact that Mr. Robertson played at center stage during most of the songs is a factor, especially during the guest performances. With Richard at one end of the stage & Levon at the other, they seem to appear in the frame only when singing. Garth stays hidden behind his keyboard stacks, but Rick fares better due to his proximity to Robbie at center stage.

You have to remember that one of the significant factors of The Last Waltz from a technical standpoint was that it was filmed with 35mm cameras mounted on tracks. Robertson & Scorsese wanted to avoid using hand-held cameras with their inherent herky-jerky motions added to the images (this was before the invention of the steady-cam which corrected this problem). With 35mm you achieve a superior & sharper image; however the trade-off is that the scenes have to be scripted or blocked out before filming because of the limited mobility of the larger cameras. I know you're thinking that this is a lot of techno mumbo-jumbo, but I think it helps explain why certain members on stage seem to be absent from a lot of the close up shots in the final cut of the movie.

Fri Apr 10 15:30:31 MET DST 1998

John Donabie


Believe it or not. The misspellings and synonyms were placed there for a reason. I wanted to see if you would go after me for anything at all. You took the bait! I looked up the synonym for name dropper and find you are still a very angry person. I wish you well and hope you find some happiness.

Fri Apr 10 15:19:08 MET DST 1998


From: Boston

Thanks for the friendly greetings from some of the regulars! That was really nice. Two comments - first on the hostile posts from Mr. Amused and many less frequent contributors....I've come to feel that there's something about internet communication that either draws hostility out of normally reasonable people, or that the internet attracts a lot of people full of hostility and rage who must have nowhere else to vent. It's not just at this site. I'm also a movie buff and occasionally post an opinion about one on the Mr. Showbiz site. There are many Mr. Amused's there as well, going for the jugular on people who have had the audacity to really like a film (or not). Anyway, as for me, I have made a vow to no longer react to snide, venomous people, and I wish them all the best. Second thought of the day - Andrew, I don't disagree with you about TLW being a "Robbiefest". Lucky for me, I was always a Robbie groupie. However I, too, would have liked to have a lot more of Richard and Garth on the film. I'm thinking that maybe their chemical intake that day had been a little excessive?? I felt that both Rick and Robbie appeared to be feeling no pain -- I could imagine that maybe the camera could have been cruel to someone who'd had a little more or who was tolerating it less? Or another theory is that Robbie and Martin Scorscese had recently met, were developing their lasting strong friendship, and at that time they were in the somewhat lesser but similar stage of "falling in love" that you go through when you meet a soulmate. In that scenario, Scorscese may have only had eyes for Robbie.... I'm not sure. But I don't disagree with you Andrew---- yes, it may have skewed the perspective very unfairly.

Fri Apr 10 14:39:57 MET DST 1998


From: tall in the saddle

To Don E.: this is a HUMBLE opinion? I'd hate to hear you when you're feeling brave.....Ya made a lot of people AINGRY with that last entry, pilgrim.

Fri Apr 10 10:42:23 MET DST 1998

Don E.

From: Wilmington, DE

Hey listen up guys and gals, I don't understand why there has been so much damn discussion about Robbie Robertson. In case you bozos haven't realized, JRR is NO LONGER a member of THE BAND. His new solo material sucks and sucks big time. So who the hell cares anyway? In fact the SOB, broke up that fine institution, and now they are nothing more than fat, drugged up has beens. That's my humble opinion.

Fri Apr 10 10:38:59 MET DST 1998


From: Singapore

Well after wat i saw at the guestbook, i want to ask if there is any way to improve on my skills of alto sax?

Fri Apr 10 10:06:58 MET DST 1998


From: Altendorf,Jura str.11b.Germany,96146

HOWDEY GEORGE! Ed here from Germany,seen you guys NewPaltz,Tiker st. those shows Rick and Aaron did were really great and alot of fun. hope spring finds you all in good health. if you guys come back over here drop us a line plenty of room! have a good one! PEACE! Easy Ed

Fri Apr 10 06:14:31 MET DST 1998

The Real Amused

Impersonator: There's an A in "jeAlous".."Shortcomings" is one word.

John D. After 30 years "in the business" you of all people should know that "YOUR" is a possessive pronoun, and "Already" has only one L. Good thing you found a book of synonyms for all those nice adjectives that you copied. Now check to see what the word "Poseur" means...This is the last time that I will direct comments towards you. I promise.

Fri Apr 10 05:05:18 MET DST 1998


From: Philadelphia

To some recent comments reagarding RR's participation in the demise of the Band (David , Carole, etc). I don't know whether RR was a babysitter to the other band members during the latter stages of the original line-ups life. I have the distinct impression that all members of the Band were living the rock star life with all of the excesses so maybe he was the responsible one. I don't know.

What I do know is what I have seen. I saw The Last Waltz many times (of course like all of you, I own a copy). But I remember the first time I saw it at theatre outside of Phila. I had just gotten into The Band and was looking forward to seeing the musicians that I had become to really admire. What I got was a an intense amount of RR, some Levon (mostly onstage) and little else from the other members (I at the time could not easily tell the difference between Richard and Garth).

It took me some time to develop a more balanced and fairer opinion of the group and their contirbutions to the overall sound of the Band. This is where my personal dissatisfaction with RR lies, his willingness to take the vast majority of the credit for the Band's music through his extremley biased viewpoint in TLW.

If others can honestly look at TLW and say that it is not an ego fest for RR, than we just disagree.

Fri Apr 10 03:29:37 MET DST 1998


From: Ohio
Home page:

RE: Pat Brennan's comments on TLW ("Levon and Robbie's obvious affection . . .") (This guestbook would really work well as a message board with reply capability . . . just a thought) As I was skimming the appendix of _Mystery Train_ I discovered an interesting note about Levon's book: Marcus states, "Oddly, when Helm went out on a promotional tour, he disavowed his own book; his trouble with Robertson, he said, was just phony controversy the publisher insisted on to pump up sales." Now, I don't know if we can take that at face value, considering that Greil Marcus is a friend of Robbie's and doesn't seem to have much affection for Levon other than musical admiration, but I just thought I'd throw it in if nobody has already. While talking about TLW, my all-time favorite moment in there is Robbie's closeup just after the line "It's a god damn impossible way of life." You can see the regret in his face even as he tries to justify quitting the Band. Beautiful shot.

Fri Apr 10 02:17:15 MET DST 1998

Jimmysimulator Savage

From: The Oscillashon Trail

Dear Luis, what the hell are you talking about?

Fri Apr 10 02:00:26 MET DST 1998


From: the jungle

there is an awesome performance of chest fever on a compilation video that i aquired from information on this site. the vocal trading between levon and richard has a desperate clangor about it, that works with the lyrics. levon's drumming and robbie's guitar work are smoking on this. there is a version of don't do it that contains the most blistering guitar i have ever heard him play. chest fever sounds awesome without horns, you can hear those beautiful subtleties from the musicians that are somewhat overpowered by the horns on rock of ages, (a great version as well). when they were on, they were certainly one of the best and most unique rock groups in music. these are either from the late 60's or early 70's. the videos are poor quality, although they contain some excellent performances. welcome back carole, nice to see an honest and intelligent entry. sometimes people and their opinions are blurred when they place artists on pedestals and their heroes unfortunately become infallible. the opposite is also true. an example would be the bitterness of some fans on robbie's departure. dismissing his music as "too commercial" for them. some even refuse to listen to his new music.

Fri Apr 10 01:44:15 MET DST 1998

John Donabie

Thanks Bones. Ugly is probably the best word for it. I wasn't kidding earlier. I think this might be someone I know who just doesn't care for me.

No one gets that enraged, furious, irate, infuriated, mad, fuming, fierce, fiery, raging, convulsed, wrathful, stormy, indignant, cross, vexed, exasperated, resentful, irritated, bitter, ferocious, turbulent, nettled, incensed, piqued, offended, outraged, sullen, irascible, inflamed, annoyed, provoked, galled, chafed, exacerbated, displeased, riled, affronted, wroth, storming, raving, impassioned, sulky, splenetic, choleric, huffy, hostile, rabid, livid, over a simple recollection or two from someone they don't know.

Thu Apr 9 23:50:26 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

I thought Robbie's performance on Letterman was wonderful. His voice sounded better than usual, and his guitar work was great as always.

to Carole from Boston: Welcome Back!

Thanks to Pat Brennan for his comments about The Last Waltz( the movie)- I agree.

I do not understand why Mr. Amused is so ugly to John Donabie. Peter Viney, David Powell, John Donabie, Pat Brennan and others always have something insightful to mention. Happy Holiday weekend to everyone!

Thu Apr 9 23:43:51 MET DST 1998


From: Minneapolis

Wow; it's nice to have the "old" guestbook back with talk of music instead of personalities.

6 quick thoughts:

  1. Why is Robbie credited with writing "Genetic Method"?
  2. I think Richard doing Robbie's "Back to Your Woods" would be a nice fit.
  3. My guess as why Richard isn't featured in the Last Waltz too much is that his singing on many songs took a back seat to the booze. Listen to the Complete Last Waltz version of King Harvest. Richard left it up to Levon to keep the song going...
  4. I kinda like Robbie last night on Letterman. Having not heard the song before I was pleasantly surprised.
  5. Has anyone read the book about Dylan and The Band's '74 tour? Give us some highlights.
  6. Muddy Waters doing Caledonia is the highlight of the Complete Last Waltz and is a must hear!
Take Care.

Thu Apr 9 22:34:19 MET DST 1998

Little John Tyler

From: The House Next Door

Carole from Boston: Very nice to see you back here again. Happy holiday weekend to you, too. Come by more often.

Thu Apr 9 22:29:12 MET DST 1998

John Donabie

Gosh I feel better allready; but I doubt if that is the real Mr. Amused

Thu Apr 9 22:25:19 MET DST 1998

Mr. Amused

John Donabie....Your are right. I am an angry jelous person. I am sorry for my short comings and I apologize to you.

Thu Apr 9 22:08:25 MET DST 1998

John Donabie


I'm begiinning to to think that somewhere in my past I have met "Mr. Amused" and really pissed him off. I was talking to a friend of mine today about "fixing" my problem with Mr. Amused. He gave me some insight.

After being in this business for over 30 tends to meet people who are rather famous. When I discuss a conversation I have had with one of these people....I say it as a matter of fact. My friend tells me that to people like Mr. Amused, it seems like name dropping; because they don't get that opportunity.

Well Mr. Amused I'll make you a deal. I'll just pretend I have never met these people and maybe you will begin to grow up a little.

I do agree with Mr. Amused however about the rehearsals. I Remember...."if I share this memory I hope it's O.K. Mr. Amused"....Van Morrison getting applause from the crew after his rehearsal.

Thu Apr 9 22:06:01 MET DST 1998

Dan Blood

Carole: yes Robbie's metabolism has slowed down. He's not immensely overweight like Danko, but he's....thicker. You know this whole image and expectations thing might be just personal with me. When I saw Danko last fall, everyone in line waiting to get in look like my elementary school teacher. Robbie looks old enough to be my dad, although he's only got ten years or so on me. I guess I just associate rock n roll with youth.

O Youth, Youth where art thou now, I feel like a big brown cow. (poem) Shakespeare knew we wanted our heroes to be royal, that's why all his plays are about the nobility. Us common folk make a great audience for the royalty. When they ain't royal and youthful nomore...well, we look around for another.

Thu Apr 9 21:59:02 MET DST 1998

Kate Jewell

From: Springfield, Vermont/Vanderbilt University
Home page:

I used this site as a source for a paper I did on the Band's "Music from Big Pink." It helped me out a lot and the pictures and sounds are great...

Thu Apr 9 21:08:43 MET DST 1998


From: Boston

Damn, I missed RR on Letterman and meant to tape that. However, even though I remain a loyal fan in many ways, I agree that his forte is not live performance. Not only is his voice not up to it, but he always seems so uncomfortable that it makes me squirm watching him. And I still remember his last performance on Letterman -- Letterman didn't seem all that interested or informed. Only Paul Shaefer really was into it that time. What I really want to know relates to Dan Blood's comment --- has Robbie - of all people - put on a lot of weight?? As to David Powell's last post, I remember clearly reading an account (maybe it was by Greil Marcus, but I don't remember) wherein it was reported that nearing the breakup of the original Band, Robbie felt more like a babysitter than a musician. He was (reported to be) responsible for getting them all to airports and on planes and to hotels and to stages, and they were all sort of out of control doing drugs and booze. He was having to "be the adult" and he got sick of it. It just wasn't fun anymore. I can't say this is fact, because I can't even remember who said it, but that's the way I've always understood the breakup of the original group. Thank you all for lightening up on the Robbie bashing. I left for a long time because of that but, returning here today, I can learn a lot from this site and I appreciate being in the company of others whose lives were changed by a big pink house. Happy holiday to all this weekend.

Thu Apr 9 20:48:46 MET DST 1998


From: Phoenix

I gotta chime in with my two cents about Letterman last night. I watch it EVERY night, I especially wanted to watch it last night. I didn't, last night I spaced it AND I don't really care that I didn't watch it. I think that says enough.


Thu Apr 9 19:43:33 MET DST 1998

Dan Blood

From: CA

Finally, the Letterman appearance. Yes, Rita Coolidge is stoic, gopher. Her hair doesn't shine like it used to anymore, but I was more thrilled with the other female...Rainbow or something's her name. That's another thing, though.

When a group establishes an identity, The Band, Beatles, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, etc., that identity is of course collectively made. At some point in this evolution the individuals break off, tired of the constraints I suppose, and try to make it on their own. Can anyone tell me who has been successful at this independent track? I don't think Robbie has been. He's made some good studio noise, but LIVE??? He looks like Father Knows Best with a guitar and his children entourage.

Alas, what perhaps we knew about rock n roll is coming true, that it is for the young, not overweight seniors with jerky body syncronizations.

For groups or ensembles to survive they must change with the times. Whether this is done artistically, mechanically or is purely business, I don't know.

Needless to say I was disappointed with Robbie's appearance on Letterman. (Letternman was really off last night, too.)

I've been speaking out of both side of my mouth saying the breakup of The Band was understandable and ok, and then also that nobody revives musical careers very well when they try it solo. One thing is certain in all my confusion, the gravity of the loss when really successful bands quit is immense both for fans and the musicians. Remember Robbie's face on that interview in Disney's Goin Home series? He tells us about the time when The Band had a studio appointment while they were doing Islands, and nobody came but him? That said it all.

I'm getting my needs met with Jazz nowdays. It's more soulful and short bee-bop riffs capture these incredible emotions of the city.

Thu Apr 9 18:13:40 MET DST 1998


From: Phoenix

Greetings all;

In looking thru the discography page on this site I found a boot from TLW of Clapton in rehearsals of "Further on..." and "All Our Pat Times". Anyone own this? Jesus, if that discography of boots was a catalog, I'd be all over it. How about the COMPLETE Last Waltz, anyone own that? Anyone wanna sell copies? I'm in L.A. fairly often so if anyone knows of a good place out there I'd certainly be appreciative. Thanks.


Thu Apr 9 18:08:07 MET DST 1998


From: North Carolina

I just picked up a copy of the "Largo" various artists CD. Both Levon and Garth appear-- separately-- on the album. Levon does an okay duet with somebody, but I thni the real show stealer is Garth, who does an atmosphericly dreamy tune called "Garth's Largo," with his wife Maude. I liked those two pieces as well as contributions by the Chieftains, Joan Osborne, and Taj Mahal. Other parts of the CD get an ambivalent response from me, but after all, we're talking about a Dvorak-inspired concept album overseen by veterans of the Hooters. So I guess it's the best album of its kind ever released. Anyway, it's worth checking out Garth's moment, a little reminiscent, but not to much so, of "Feed the Birds" from the STAY AWAKE album.

Thu Apr 9 17:26:29 MET DST 1998


well, if no one else is going to comment upon robbie's appearance on letterman last night, then i will:

rita coolidge remains beautiful, talented, and as stoic a countenance as ever...

Thu Apr 9 16:11:10 MET DST 1998


From: penna

Eric Anderson performs with Peter Stone Brown at the Tin Angel in Phila., this friday at 8pm.

Thu Apr 9 15:36:23 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Stone Mountain, Georgia

Down South the weather turned violent & rocked us last night. Severe thunderstorm & tornado warnings flashed across the television screen, but the storms held off just long enough for me to catch Robbie Robertson's fine performance on Letterman. A rendition of "Unbound" with the electronica stripped away; just guitars, bass, drums/percussion & a little bit of keyboards thrown in by fellow Canadian Paul Schaffer. The Coolidge sisters, Rita (Kris' ex-) & Priscilla (Booker T's ex-) provided the haunting background vocals for Mr. Robertson ( The Band's ex-). To me, it was a great performance, capped off by a soaring lead guitar solo, by Robertson. Not bad for a guy who doesn't play live that much of late.

I know all you anti-Robbie fanatics have your own opinions & agendas, as expressed in recent comments. Here's some food for thought--Did Robertson actually usurp authority in The Band, or was it actually a situation where others in the group abdicated their responsibilities? What do you think? Now don't start flaming me--if you want to comment on this, just post your opinion & try to be rational.

Thu Apr 9 15:34:04 MET DST 1998

Pat Brennan

From: Skokie USA

I for one would like to thank John Donabie for his comments. And I would like to thank Mr. Amused-speaking of name-dropping- for letting us know that HE was at both the concert AND the rehearsals. And, yes, there are rehearsal tapes floating about. Why don't you ID yourself, Mr. Amused, and we'll do some trading?

Thu Apr 9 15:06:58 MET DST 1998


From: Upstate NY

I'd just like to say that I think this Band guestbook has become really top-notch in the last couple of months. Thanks to people like John Donabie, Pat Brennan, David Powell, Gopher, Dan Blood, Lars Pedersen, Gail from England, and many others.

Thu Apr 9 15:00:20 MET DST 1998


From: The Outskirts of Town

There is a discussion of good folk music stations on the net in and one person enter I checked it out and it was really good. They have the actual broadcasts archived so you can choose from several and it loads pretty quickly. I didn't see any Band songs in the setlists but there are certainly many Band influenced artists. I have no affiliation with this site but I thought it might prove beneficial to internet Band fans. Later, Zuke

Thu Apr 9 14:33:18 MET DST 1998

Mr. Amused

Everyone pay attention!!! John "musicologist, name-dropping disc jockey" Donabie wants the world to know that HE WAS AT the Last Waltz. was I, and to be honest, musically speaking I enjoyed the rehearsals a lot more. Wonder if a tape of those is around.

Thu Apr 9 13:09:23 MET DST 1998


From: New Zealand

The Band has always been great and I still listen to them after all these years they evoke some pretty great memories from way back when. The website is great information wise

Thu Apr 9 07:59:53 MET DST 1998


From: puyallup, wash.

I had no idea until now that the complete waltz was out there. If someone would be kind enough to tell me how to get my ears on it,I would be most grateful. I have seen THE BAND only five times, but I do have photos from four of thoes shows. Levon, please,please do a solo tour out here in the great northwest. thank you

Thu Apr 9 05:52:37 MET DST 1998

Greg Windley

From: Salt Lake City

Whoa... Thanks for all of the responses to my Last Waltz questions. Only two people commented on Richard's health at the time. I do agree that he looked stressed, but don't have much to measure that against. I'll check out the boot and hear more. Thanks again to everyone.

Thu Apr 9 05:17:37 MET DST 1998

Pat Brennan

From: Skokie USA

Garth's solo bit in the Last Waltz is Chest Fever, but if you listen closely you'll hear something interesting. When he first appears, what you hear seems to be an overdub--note how the quality and ambience changes when he launches into the familiar opening of Chest Fever. What follows that is an exerpt from his mid-song solo. I know it's easy to jump on Robbie and his ego to explain Richard and Garth's relative absence from the movie, but remember something. They attempted to create an actual narrative to the film: the discussion of women followed by Joni Mitchell doing a road song, "old time religion" with its "not like it used to be" followed by Dixie, the dancing grotesquerie/medicine show story followed by Van and his rockette kicks. They also tried to reveal their roots: rockabilly, folk, tin-pan alley, New Orleans, R&B/soul, country, poetry, blues,and Dylan. That's a lot of ground to cover, but they did it very well. There's a good reason people think it's the best rock movie ever made, because it works on a number of cinematic levels besides the obvious one: that it's about one of the truly great groups of all time. Anyone who has listened to the boot knows that the actual show bears little resemblence to the movie. The Band performed by themselves for the first third, then the procession of guests began, often with interminable delays. Then they ended with the obligatory jam. You can also hear the need for many overdubs which they obviously did. Many of the guest shots went long and were of less quality than one might hope for. But one can also see the obvious affection Robbie and Levon have for one another at that time which raises a whole 'nother bunch of questions, because whatever you say about Richard and Garth, Levon is still heavily featured, and he too launched a second career with his on-screen appearance. What I'd really like is their last appearance on Saturday Night Live, two weeks before the Waltz. Richard doing Georgia is beyond beautiful.

Thu Apr 9 05:00:39 MET DST 1998


From: Pittsburgh

Greg, I saw the Band in Pittsburgh two months before the Last Waltz. I believe the Pittsburgh date was shortly after the Band resumed the Last Tour after the hiatus resulting from Richard almost snapping his neck in a boating accident in Texas. Richard sounded great and appeared to be in good physical condition, but it must have been very hard for him to finish the last two months of that tour. In the Last Waltz, he looks and sounds totally out of it.

Thu Apr 9 04:53:25 MET DST 1998

Pat Brennan

From: Skokie USA

Josey (and all), as I've said before, I've heard a boot of Richard sitting by himself at a piano just three months before his death. His playing is great and his singing is amazing. I Shall Be Released is particularly beautiful. When Robbie Robertson said the road is a goddam impossible way of life, believe him.

Thu Apr 9 03:14:08 MET DST 1998


has anyone ever heard the band do Sleeping, either live or on a tape? i always thought it would have sounded great live. i can imagine richard singing it beautifuly at the last waltz, in the same voice he used for tura lura lural. the days when richard could effectively sing songs like, i shall be released were long gone by 76. but sleeping would not have posed a problem. as good as his singing is on tura, one has to admit after listening to the complete last waltz that robbie made the right decision in editing much of richards backing vocals. it is sad, but true. in his prime richard could sing with as much soul as humanly possible. songs like lonesome suzie are very rare in rock music. i miss him.

Thu Apr 9 02:14:13 MET DST 1998

John Donabie

From: Toronto Canada

To Greg Windley- I asked Robbie in 1995 if he and Scorcese might re-think releasing the entire Last Waltz. He felt at the time that there might not be enough interest. We all know Band fans would be interested; but I guess they have to look at what they would get back financially on just a major undertaking.

Garth performing the intro to Chest Fever and Neil young, Joni Mitchell and The Band singing Four Strong Winds would be great to see again. I remember that night we Canadians got teary eyed as the Canadian Flag dropped down behind them and they paid tribute to Ian & Sylvia Tyson. Also Van & Richard singing Tura Tura Lural! What a moment.

Thu Apr 9 00:50:03 MET DST 1998

Jonathan Katz

From: Columbia, MD

To Greg Windley - Richard sang more than "The Shape I'm In" at the concert. Check out the posting on this site under Discography for "The Complete Last Waltz." A complete recording of Garth doing the organ intro to "Chest Fever" is on that boot, as well as everything else from the concert. Who knows why Scorsese and Robbie included what they did include in the movie? Some say it was determined by ego; but only Scorcese and Robbie really know, and they are not talking about it, having moved on long ago to other things.

Thu Apr 9 00:44:52 MET DST 1998

Diane Fishkin

From: New York

Sorry, made a mistake Rick will be at Stephen's Talkhouse June 19 not the 16. Hope to see you all there.

Wed Apr 8 23:56:16 MET DST 1998


From: Kansas City, Missouri

More on the "poem" SHE MOVED THROUGH THE FAIR". Sinead O'Connor's version 'HE MOVED THROUGH THE FAIR" appears on the Chieftans' highly acclaimed 'The Long Black Veil'. The liner notes state that it is traditional with the arrangement by the Chieftans Paddy Maloney. Sinead does the vocals, Tommy Igoe on drums, Nedd Mann double bass and Ry Cooder electric guitar and floor slide. Other highlights on the CD - Mick Jagger sings the title song (I prefer Rick Danko's versions), appearances by Sting, Van Morrison does 'Have I Told You Lately that I Love You?' Mark Knopfler, Marriane Faithfull, Tom Jones 'Tennessee Waltz' recorded in the presence of Frank Zappa at his Utility Muffin Research Kitchen!) and The Rolling Stones. I think anyone who likes the Anderson, Fjeld, Danko albums would like anything done by The Chieftans and their friends. Nothing wrong with poetry set to music.

Wed Apr 8 21:35:32 MET DST 1998


to Greg: I think Robbie's power trip is the reason that neiter Garth nor Richard received the time they deserved on the official release of the Last Waltz. (if you look at the full version, Garth and Richard do a hell of a lot more than Robbie included in the final version) He was living it up with Scorsese and together they called all the shots. More of Richard or more of Robbie? Well, of course Robbie wanted more of Robbie!!! Has he ever wanted it any other way?

Wed Apr 8 19:26:17 MET DST 1998

frank dracman

From: long island city, wv

ROBBIE ROBERTSON ON LATE W/DAVID LETTERMAN (tonight) wednesday APRIL 8th it was advertised during this am's howard show. bones from conn. says he's gonna do "UNBOUND" i don't know if it's my favorite, but it's sure the prettiest. thanks for mentioning richard's b-day on the 3rd "we miss you"

Wed Apr 8 19:02:05 MET DST 1998

Terje Hanstad

From: Norway

They named themself right...The Band

Wed Apr 8 07:08:17 MET DST 1998

Greg Windley

From: Salt Lake City, UT

Just re-watched "The Last Waltz" over the weekend. Two things struck me that I wonder if anyone can help me with. #1. Why did Richard sing so few songs in the film? He only sang "The Shape I'm In." Was it his health, (physically or mentally) or was that the phase The Band was in at the time the movie wash shot? #2. During a brief interlude Garth was given a token "moment" and we hear the organ intro to "Chest Fever" but then it cuts out and goes to another piece. Why didn't Scorsese include "Chest Fever" in the film? I really would have liked to have seen/heard that. Well, I'm hoping some of you dedicated The Band fans can help me with my questions. Thanks for your time, and Thanks to The Band for all the pleasure they've sent around the world!

Wed Apr 8 05:40:42 MET DST 1998

Scott Noblit

From: Chattanooga, TN

Help!!!! If anyone knows the whole guitar part to King Harvest and has a tab of it or knows where I can get one please e-mail. Thanx

Wed Apr 8 03:53:41 MET DST 1998

Jake Holman

From: San Pablo

To Captain Kirk from Down Under: Hey mate, sounds like your Train is a few cars short. Gedday.

Wed Apr 8 02:01:39 MET DST 1998

Kirk Lorange

From: Tamborine Mountain,Queensland,Australia

I play slide guitar in a band called The Train that opened for The Band ( minus Levon, Robbie and Richard ) in Sydney Australia back in '89 or'90. Rick Danko hung out in our dressing room 'cause we had the weed!

Wed Apr 8 00:50:22 MET DST 1998

Unknown Webmaster

From: Halden, Norway

The site and the guestbook will be left alone for a few days. It's Easter holiday over here, time for some cross-country skiing up in the mountains. Please behave.

Wed Apr 8 00:39:54 MET DST 1998

Unknown Guestbook Member

From: Westchester County Line

If we know who "Gunga George" is, we know who the "Unknown Band Member" is.

Nice to see you and your sense of humor babe!

Be well... always

Wed Apr 8 00:30:03 MET DST 1998

Unknown Band Member

From: West Saugerties, NY

....though I've beaten you and flayed you, by the living God that made you, you're a better man than I am Gunga George.

Tue Apr 7 23:33:39 MET DST 1998


From: NJ.

well said, sean from san fran. speaking of robertson, his new song sacrifice made quite an impression on me. i rented Incident at Oglala last nite. it is a powerful movie and i stongly recommend it. the interviews are intense, especially john trudell's and peltier's. on sacrifice i love the way robbie recorded peltier's voice, i guess it was recorded over the telephone, it has a haunting quality about it almost as if the voice was 200 years old, or more. bonnie jo hunt's vocals are otherworldly on this song. she also sings on twisted hair.

Tue Apr 7 22:17:48 MET DST 1998

Peter Viney

From: Poole, UK

Re/ this "poem"- it's called SHE MOVED THROUGH THE FAIR, and according to 'Irish Heartbeat' by Van Morrison, it's traditional, arranged (in this version) by Van Morrison / Paddy Moloney. Brian Kennedy and Sinead O'Connor have also done excellent versions of this traditional Irish ballad. It's not an obscure one, either. I have no feelings about whether poems should be posted on the web. I do think songs should be acknowledged!

Tue Apr 7 19:34:34 MET DST 1998


From: san francisco

hey, i dig the poetry! how bizarre to whack poetry or poets..."always be a man not a boy gone astray..." glad to hear that ricky danko looks and sounds good!

Tue Apr 7 11:07:48 MET DST 1998


From: west virginia, where the coal trains run past the mountain

++Robbie Robertson - performs an acoustic set on LiveX - April 10

Tue Apr 7 02:39:58 MET DST 1998


From: Toronto

Does anyone know where I could find any Band MIDI files? Or any Band chords/tab? Sorry if this has been asked before, but I have tried to find both of these, but have been unsuccessful. Thanks, Eric

Tue Apr 7 00:02:51 MET DST 1998


From: England

Hello everyone. PLEASE READ THIS: I thought it was about time I wrote something on the good ole guestbook again. So I thought I would add to the comments of the poem that was entered into the guestbook on the 5th( please dont scroll away yet)!. You see, I think that if one of bob dylans songs ( maybe one that is not so well known or one that we may never of heard before) was there for all our eyes to read it would be read as a poem would it not? as with many of the bands songs, SANG AS A SONG BUT WRITTEN AS A POEM. So if we heard dougs poem being sung by Bob dylan, would SOME of us then be so quick to judge it?????

Mon Apr 6 23:46:45 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

I did not see this in the discography, so I thought I would pass this on to those interested. Little Wolf is the name of a Native American group featuring Jim Wilson. Last year (1997) they released an album called "Wolf Moon" on Triloika Records.

Robbie plays some great guitar on a track called "You'll Be Happy Here On Mother Earth". Jim Wilson has also been guesting on Robbie's last two records.

Mon Apr 6 19:32:26 MET DST 1998

Diane Fishkin

From: New York

Not to be confused with Diane (from hotmail) but just letting you know that Rick will be at Stephen's Talk House on June 16.

Mon Apr 6 15:55:53 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Stone Mountain, Georgia

In response to Mike Nomad--The Robert Palmer Rock & Roll book is still available. I haven't checked to see if it's out in paperback but I found a copy of the hardback on sale for $3.98. It originally sold for $40 (it's one of those coffee table size books), so I guess it's one of those titles you could find on the discount table at your local bookstore to make room for self space.

Mr. Palmer also contibuted the fine liner notes for the booklet the accompanied the first Danko/Feld/Anderson CD. Another wonderful book writtem by Mr. Palmer is DEEP BLUES, a concise but colorful account of the evolution of blues music in America. In the section about Sonny Boy Williamson in the book, Mr. Palmer recounts the story about The Band's jam session with Mr. Miller shortly before his death. It's another great example of the ability Mr. Pamer had in recreating the atmosphere surrounding the subject matter in his writing.

Mon Apr 6 15:09:50 MET DST 1998


From: New York

At the risk of being pelted with unwelcome responses, not to mention 4-letter words, let me just say that I LIKED the poem that was posted here yesterday. Whay the hostility? What is the music of The Band if not poetry put to music? All the sanctimonious whining is really starting to get old. If we can't be creative or have an opinion in this guestbook - then what's the point?

Mon Apr 6 13:41:06 MET DST 1998


i don't know if random poetry is really appropriate here or not, but i suspect Michael McClure, though of the Beat Generation, would probabably not care to be labeled a beatnik(nor have his name mangled, or maynard g. krebs' avocation misspelled).

Mon Apr 6 07:39:35 MET DST 1998


From: Atlanta

Odd things seem to be afoot.

I occasionally take a look at The Band discs to see if anything has slipped out under my radar, Today, I checked CDNow and Tower and noticed neither lists "Music From Big Pink" or "The Band" (the brown album) as available for sale. Could this be good news (i.e., remasters are coming) or a bad sign? I then checked Capitol and checked their CDs in-print by The Band and came up only with the boxed set, "Best Of", "Watkins Glen", and "Stage Fright".

I would encourage anyone who's held off buying any of The Band's (classic lineup) studio albums to run to the store today, BUT, as soon as I did, they'd all come out remastered in pristine condition with bonus tracks. Nevertheless, I thought this a development worthy of noting and was hoping someone had some insight. A travesty if people can't enjoy these incredible classics.


Mon Apr 6 05:41:08 MET DST 1998

Pat Brennan

From: Skokie USA

I'm curious. Should we consider Dylan one of those "beatnik idiots"?

Mon Apr 6 02:25:04 MET DST 1998


From: Sioux City
Home page:

Check the Capitol Records site for an extensive posting including bigraphical info and lots of material about the new RR disc.

Sun Apr 5 23:59:17 MET DST 1998


From: IN

Not sure why poetry makes some so hostile..esp. at this site.....For those interested, RR is all over the VH1 100 Greates Artists special that has been running all weekend giving comments about everyone from Miles Davis to Neil Young...Anyone know if the Danko/Clements show will come across the U.S.? Or at least to the humble state of Indiana?

Sun Apr 5 23:51:38 MET DST 1998

Benny the Barber

Mr. Hangover, I agree. I felt the same way when I saw (I was there) McLure and those beatnick idiots reading poetry at The Last Waltz. Bet Lee agreed.

Sun Apr 5 23:05:15 MET DST 1998

dOUG b.

From: ct.

yO uNCLE HANGOVER, Your a stupid wino what the hell do you know? I'll post poetry wherever and whenever I feek like!! Got it?

Sun Apr 5 21:25:01 MET DST 1998

Adela V. Calbillo

From: Houston, TX

Saw Rick at the Old Settler's Bluegrass Festival in Round Rock, TX, last night! He took the stage with the legendary fiddler Vassar Clements, Aaron Hurwitz, a bassist with the last name Campbell, and was even joined on "Long Black Veil" by Peter Rowan. Rick looked good, sounded good, played great guitar, and opened with his classic "Crazy Mama." He says he's working in the studio with the Band on the new album so look for it and buy copies for everyone you know! p.s. I LOVED Vassar's fiddle on all the tunes, and Rick even played it for a few seconds backstage afterwards!

Sun Apr 5 20:55:24 MET DST 1998

Uncle Hangover

From: Skid Row

Doug B., go get drunk and find a willing woman (or man, if that is your thing). You obviously need it. Just dont pester us with any more "poetry".

Sun Apr 5 17:08:36 MET DST 1998

Doug B.

From: New Haven, CT

POEM OF THE WEEK: My young love said to me, 'My brothers won't mind, And my parents won't slight you for your lack of kind.' Then she stepped away from me, and this she did say, 'It will not be long, love, till our wedding day.' She stepped away from me and she moved through the fair, And fondly I watched her go here and go there, Then she went her way homeward with one star awake, As the swan in the evening moves over the lake. The people were saying no two were e'er wed But one had a sorrow that never was said, And I smiled as she passed with her goods and her gear, And that was the last that I saw of my dear.

Sun Apr 5 00:50:09 MET DST 1998

Gary Spears

From: Ottawa, Il

I was in upstate New York back in '84. Would liked to have visited Big Pink but, of course, I don't know how to get there. (I heard it's actually green now.) Bummer.

Sat Apr 4 22:36:46 MET DST 1998

Maggie Cassady

Has anyone heard the bonus tracks from the Japanese release of RR's new cd?

Sat Apr 4 22:32:51 MET DST 1998

Ben Pike

From: Cleveland

"...this old town's gonna blow away..." That's what I thought yesterday when I checked in here. It was chaos (I accept chaos; I'm not sure if chaos accepts me), but I'm glad things are back in place today. Thanks, Jan!

Sat Apr 4 22:27:37 MET DST 1998

Buzzy Scoots

From: Miami

Garth's sound is awesome on the basement tapes (Bessie Smith, Apple Tree) and the 66 tour. On some of NLSC his sound is too much like the stuff you hear on easy listening stations, (for me). Acadian Driftwood and Makes No Difference are the only songs from the record that really move me.

Sat Apr 4 06:40:56 MET DST 1998

Stu Hruska

From: Westchester, New York

This past Sunday evening I had the privledge of hearing an American legend, fiddle virtuoso, Vassar Clements at Whipporwill Hall in Armonk, New York. Vassar has collaborated in the past with The Band, as well as Levon Helm and Rick Danko individually. If you want to get a sense of Clements accomplishments check out his website. Over his fifty years in the business it seems as though he has collaborated with many major artists of our time, and of diversified musical styles. Not only was his virtuosity very apparent, but he seemed like a very decent and kind man. Whipporwill Hall is a very small intimate venue and I wanted to personally tell him how much I enjoyed his performance and to send my regards to Rick Danko and Aaron Hurwitz when they perform together in Texas tomorrow. Unfortunately we had to split as my son was leaving to go back to college that minute. Tomorrow Rick Danko, Aaron Hurwitz and Vassar will be appearing at The Old Settler's Music Festival in Round Rock, Texas. All week long, in my mind, I've been hearing Rick singing "It Makes No Difference" , "Blue River", "Twilight" and "Sip The Wine" with Vassar accompanying on fiddle. It's music for the sole! If anyone can post a review or better yet a recording of the event would be greatly appreciated.

Sat Apr 4 03:13:56 MET DST 1998

The Wizard

From: Oz
Home page:

Hey Jan - sometimes I get into this guestbook and realize that I'm just not in Kansas anymore. Maybe you could set up a new page for all those people who have nothing relevant to say about The Band. Just think - it would probably reduce traffic in the guestbook by at least 50%! Just a thought.Keep up the good work!

Sat Apr 4 02:37:49 MET DST 1998


From: Edmonton, Canada
Home page:

The Band are way way way out there.

Fri Apr 3 23:56:58 MET DST 1998

Mike Nomad

From: Smooth Rock Falls, Ont.

David Powell: Thnx for the Robert Palmer excerpt. It whetted my appetite. I trust the book is still obtainable?

Fri Apr 3 23:43:31 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

I hope this does not spoil it for anybody, but Capitol Records said that Robbie will play "Unbound" next Wednesday night. They gave no reason for the reschedule.(re: Letterman Show)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RICHARD! I'm going home to listen to "Whispering Pines", "Lonesome Suzie", "Share Your Love", "Hobo Jungle", etc. We miss you.

Fri Apr 3 19:21:19 MET DST 1998


From: New York

Remembering Richard on his birthday. "Too Soon Gone", but never ever forgotten.....

Fri Apr 3 17:13:48 MET DST 1998

Typically Canadian

From: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Today (April 3) would have been Richard's 55th Birthday. Happy Birthday Richard! "Never Ever Seen What the Future Might Have Been"

Fri Apr 3 16:32:16 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Stone Mountain, Georgia

Robert Palmer, who recently passed away, was not only a fine music writer, but an accomplished musician as well. He contributed thoughful & impassioned articles & reviews which were published in the N.Y. Times, Rolling Stone, and other publications. As a teenager growing up in the South, he hung out & played sax with bands that played in the same juke joints as his comtemporaries, Ronnie Hawkins & the Hawks.

In his book ROCK & ROLL, AN UNRULY HISTORY, Mr. Palmer gives a vivid first-hand account of the Hawks, circa 1960. Here is a brief except:

"The top band on the circuit was Ronnie Hawkins' Hawks, later to find fame as Bob Dylan's backup group known only as the Band. The Hawks didn't have to play the latest hits; they had their own ingenious arrangements and were especially admired for their tough takes on the more intense black r&b of the day, from "Shout" to James Brown's "Please Please Please." The Hawks also had a reputation for pill popping, whoring, and brawling that was second to none. That's what made them heroes around Club 70 (where they often played) and the Blue Room (where my bandmates and I assiduously copied their arrangements)."

As you can see, Mr. Palmer not only had the ability to explain what the music & the musicians were about, but he could make you feel as if you were there as the music was being played. This book, which was the companion volume to the PBS television series on the history of Rock & Roll, is one of the best written over views on this subject. Although it deals with the complete evolution of rock, it contains many references & quotes about The Band. It also contains many rare & priceless photographs. Check it out.

Fri Apr 3 15:10:45 MET DST 1998


Virgil: yes

Fri Apr 3 01:04:25 MET DST 1998

Virgil Kane

From: The Danville Train

Ned: thanks for the Robbie update. You related to Zed?

Fri Apr 3 00:37:24 MET DST 1998


From: Decatur NY

Gail... Thanks for the information on Colin Linden cd's, I will go check them out. Just reserved tickets for Levon and The Crowmatix for 5/2 out in L.I., N.Y..... I've seen The Band many times and Rick solo about 15 times, but this will be my 1st Levon solo. I can't wait !!!!! If the new cd is any indication, it is going to be a fantastic show.

Fri Apr 3 00:30:39 MET DST 1998


From: Fairfax, VA

The Robbie appearance on Letterman has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 8.

Thu Apr 2 23:15:34 MET DST 1998


From: Connecticut

To David Powell, Mia, and Gail: Thank you for your recent info on Bob Ludwig and Robbie. There is also an article on Robbie in this month's Musician magazine.

To Jan: Despite the fact that some readers get off the track with their comments, this guestbook has been a wonderful place to visit. Like Luis, I sometimes pull it up after a long day and it gets me excited about the Band. Thanks very much!

Thu Apr 2 22:47:07 MET DST 1998


From: Cotswolds, England

Mia... thanks for info re Robbie "Guitar World". I knew the CNN appearance would be great, & sure mad that we missed it. Hope "Making a Noise" will get video release (like the Disney thing), as that's unlikely to be on TV here.

Lars... John Pelham was at the Gurus gig, wrote here end of March but I don't know if there was an Email.

Mr. Amused.... I see that earlier you were trying to draw me into an argument about UFO's, which is why I didn't fully respond because here is not the place. Why didn't you mention Colin Linden? What do you think of the album "Through The Storm, Through The Night"? Is Linden not worthy of discussion, hmmm? If you don't already have the CD, then why not spend the few bucks required and tell folks what you think - am sure your opinion would be valued!

Thu Apr 2 21:36:48 MET DST 1998

David Powell

From: Stone Mountain, Georgia

Mastering engineer Bob Ludwig has established a reputation as having the best "ears" in the recording business. Mr. Ludwig worked on the last two Band albums, "Jericho" & "High on the Hog", as well as Robbie Robertson's first solo effort & "Storyville."

During the recent Grammy awards ceremony, works masterd by Mr. Ludwig (7 albums & 17 songs) were nominated for 30 awards. Among those Ludwig mastered recordings, Shawn Colvin's "Sunny Came Home" won two awards and John Fogerty's "Blue Moon Swamp" won for best rock album. Eric Clapton's recently released album, "Pilgrim", was also mastered by Mr. Ludwig. This past Sunday, The New York Times published an informative article on Mr. Ludwig & the mastering process in recording. That article can be accessed through the Times' web site at:

Thu Apr 2 20:29:48 MET DST 1998


From: NY

I saw the first half of the Honkie Tonga Ruse (that's misspelled, isn't it) at the West Strand last Sat. When they took a break around midnight they said to hang around for some guests coming up with them when they resumed. I figured I'd better get home and rescue the baby sitter.

Anybody know who the guests were? At any rate, the Gurus put on a solid show. Gonna try my new "Bigfoot" cd as soon as I can.

Thu Apr 2 17:50:19 MET DST 1998

Jeff Goffin

From: Calgary, Alberta

Just wanted to drop a note and say how very blown away I am by your web site. Moments ago I was sitting here in front of my computer singing along with the Stage Fright CD thinking that life couldn't get much better. Then I found your site. Outstanding! The Big Pink of web sites!

Thu Apr 2 17:44:18 MET DST 1998


From: Phoenix

Mr. Amused;

With all due respect (seriously). I don't WANT to hear the Russian Bob Dylan, or the Nigerian Bob Dylan, or the Mexican or Finnish Bob Dylan. I am certainly not afraid of liking something new, far from it. Although I'm a pretty stubborn child of the sixties, I found out AFTER lisening to Jeffrey Gaines, just as an example, that Garth Hudson was on the record. Indigo Girls, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, these definitely ain't "old" artists AND they happen to be some of my favorites.

Thanks for presenting yourself in a more social manner this time. It makes such a difference you know? I'm sitting at my desk at work, maybe having a crappy day, I pop open The Band Web Page, I don't want, I don't think ANYBODY wants to be subjected to bulls***.

have a fine day y'all "go out yonder, PEACE in the valley"


Thu Apr 2 17:34:07 MET DST 1998

Ray and Bev Pierce

From: Pierce Sound London Canada

Personal. Levon, Hi, Longtime no see. Ron Ward dropped in to see us a few months ago. He's doing fine, living on the eastcoast. We're still in business after all these years. Our systems obviously have grown accordingly. Love to hear from you. Drop us a line. Cheers, Ray

Thu Apr 2 16:52:32 MET DST 1998


From: IN

Interesting article on RR in the May issue of Guitar World--Very informative on how some of the songs were put together, etc. Gail -- the CNN performance was choice. Beautiful version of UnBound.

Thu Apr 2 16:22:22 MET DST 1998

Wade Hampton

From: SC

Mr. Amused, of course, thank you. I'm glad you recognized how intelligent my posting was, you graciously admitting you're not a know-it-all. And my name does look good, doesn't it?

Thu Apr 2 12:18:08 MET DST 1998


From: Cotswolds, England

Thanks to Maggie for news on Robbie's "Making A Noise"

Mr. Amused. Wow.... The Man From Mars!!!!! Folks, at last we have this moron's true ID.

Thu Apr 2 07:42:17 MET DST 1998


Well Wade Hampton, you should thank me, I gave you a reason to post that intelligent comment, where otherwise you obviously never have anything to say. See how nice your name looks on the screen. :)

Thu Apr 2 06:15:00 MET DST 1998

Wade Hampton

From: SC

Mr. Amused, "not a know-it-all"? Chuckle.

Thu Apr 2 03:03:47 MET DST 1998


From: jupiter hollow

mr.amused , i am honored and proud you named your email adress after me! and a great big hello to my fellow bozo's , you know who you are. peace, cosmo

Thu Apr 2 00:53:59 MET DST 1998

Mr. Amused

From: Mars

Gail, I am far from a "know it all", but I can spot silliness a mile away. But to digress from Band matters for a second.. Did you really buy a telescope in an attempt to see UFO's and space creatures?? Do your astronomer relatives really swallow the UFO goobledeegook also ?? I have a reflector, but that doesn't make me an astrnomer. I thought I saw something once, but it was a bug on the mirror. I think you are just bored. With too much idle time on your hands your mind can do strange things.

Luis, it's not an oxymoron. Are you attempting to ridicule the guy.?? He's a performer who impressed the Band members enough that they agreed to accompany him on this CD. Give it a listen, it's free on Real audio...I think you may be afraid that you will like it..??

Wed Apr 1 23:38:07 MET DST 1998

Maggie Cassady

Making a Noise is tentatively set for sometime in June.

Wed Apr 1 23:33:25 MET DST 1998


From: Phoenix

"The RUSSIAN Bob Dylan"? Isn't that an oxymoron?



Wed Apr 1 21:38:00 MET DST 1998


From: The Cotswolds, England

O.K. folks, so I didn't check out Colin Linden's webpage before I made that earlier comment. Anyway, at - the good news is, there is a new album on the way!

Wed Apr 1 21:36:19 MET DST 1998

[guest photo]

Mike Morozov (it's not me on the picture)

From: San Diego
Home page:

Boris Grebenshikov (on the picture), who was accompanied by members of "The Band" on his recently released album "Lilith" is touring the USA in April, 1998. He will perform both new and old songs in a 2+ hours spectacular rock-n-roll show. All tour information is published on - don't miss your chance to see the "Russian Bob Dylan" live!

Wed Apr 1 19:13:37 MET DST 1998

Stephen Novik

From: Edmonton, Alberta

Great site! Keep this excellent monument forever! and don't forget the 3R's- ROBBIE ROBERTSON RULES!!!

Wed Apr 1 16:31:12 MET DST 1998

rick v.

From: White Plains, NY

WFUV-FM (90.7)an NPR station in NYC, conducted a poll of its listeners a while back to find the 50 most influential musical artists of the last 50 years. The Band came in at #32, and today (4/1) they are the featured artists on the station. Poll results are interesting and are available on their website, Dylan was #1, Beatles #2, and Joni Mitchell (?) #3.

Wed Apr 1 16:09:13 MET DST 1998


From: The Cotswolds, England

As somebody already said - Robbie did not appear on Letterman after all. Very disappointed, especially as we missed the CNN thing, (which was shown in the UK, but forgot to set VCR). What about the TV special on "Contact", has that been broadcast anywhere yet?

Thanks to Rodeo Red, for pointing Jan to the great "Tuned-In to Hudson Valley Music" stuff. Also thanks John Pelham for the great Honky Tonk Gurus review of Saturday night show - that really made my Sunday sparkle!

ESTA F. - Scott recommended some great CD'S, & I'd second that list. A couple more are.... (1) "Through The Storm, Through The Night" by Colin Linden, on Columbia (available from CD-Now, or CD-Plus in Canada). Colin is a long-time friend of The Band, and a great guy - one of the best. Canadian singer, songwriter, guitarist. (he co-wrote "Remedy" on "Jericho"). There are also appearances by Richard Bell, Rick Danko & Jim Weider. There's a bunch of wonderful stuff on this album, including the Linden-Weider-Bell song "Out of The Wilderness". (Weider refers to this in the recent interview at this site). One cannot comprehend why such a great song was not used by The Band, but thankfully Linden has done a fine version here. The entire album is great! The Linden album before that, (with Richard Bell, Rick, Levon & Garth) - "South at Eight, North at Nine" is also very good, but I prefer "Through the Storm".

(2) Another band that Colin got together, called Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, specifically highlighted the amazing songs of one Willie P. Bennett, and they produced a truly excellent album called "High or Hurtin" (on True North). Lots of great playing from everyone, including Richard Bell who makes frequent appearances. Another CD definitely worth checking out! (Check this site for album details). BTW, I really hope that Colin is working on another album by now - if anyone happens to know, please post here.

MR. "KNOW-IT-ALL" AMUSED - your earlier comment re astronomy. Elementary stuff indeed, my friend. What you don't know, is that there are astronomers in my family. What you also don't know, is that there is a telescope here so powerful, that if pointed in your direction.... I'd easily see your silly self, sitting at your silly computer, and writing the silly things that you say. Not a pretty sight!

Wed Apr 1 11:50:46 MET DST 1998

Håkan Torstensson

From: Uddevalla, Sweden

Hi Everybody. I wonder if The Band are going to release any new album soon.Feel free to mail me. Long live The Band and LEVON HELM.

Wed Apr 1 09:06:57 MET DST 1998

Jan H.

From: Halden, Norway

Moved all guestbook entries from March to separate file, to reduce download times. There was another 50% increase in guestbook traffic from last month. If this continues, the guestbook will soon produce more than 1 megabyte of HTML and text per month.

Wed Apr 1 08:05:17 MET DST 1998

Rod Prowse

From: N.Z.

A few more thoughts on The (classic) Band's instrumental prowess. What really changed over the years was the rythem section. By TLW it's more like a normal rock band and this continued on to the Reunion tour and made them sound just like every one else. After Stagefright Rick's bass lacked imagination and Levons drums begin to sound like a normal kit.(though I like the heavy approach on BTF). What made them interesting on the later albums was Hudson's instrumenation.

Robertson peaks guitar wise on BTF and Moondog matinee. Vocaly Rick peaks on The Band and TLW, Manuel on Big Pink and Levon is always good. Rick's greatest bass playing is on Stagefright (really good)and Garth's playing improves throughout - maybe at it's best on NLSC.

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