April 25, 2012

Levon Helm + The Band...Tunes For A Tuesday

After hearing the news that Levon Helm of The Band had passed on I went to listen to some of their music although somehow they are on so many of the playlists on my iTunes, this song for many different reasons has been a long time favorite. There is something familiar about it, something sad but comforting at the same time if that seems possible. I have posted about the documentary The Last Waltz before but now seems like a good time to rewatch it. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film is the last concert of The Band in 1976 at The Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The Last Waltz was advertised as the last performance of the group's career and saw them joined by dozens of musicians from Joni Mitchell to Neil Young and Bob Dylan in addition to a dozen other artists. The Winterland Ballroom the venue that was used for shows that were to large to fit into the famed Fillmore was host to a number of epic concerts recorded for live albums and for sure this was just one of those epic shows. So many great performances and from Levon Helm so many great songs.

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