John Fogerty + the Black Keys Honor Levon Helm at Coachella
Coachella attendees got a treat Friday night when John Fogerty and the Black Keys teamed up to pay their respects to Levon Helm, drummer for the Band, who died last week after a long battle with cancer.
The Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman took the mic for the first verse of ‘The Weight,’ with Keys’ singer Dan Auerbach — who called Helm “amazing and inspiring” — handling the second. But it was the crowd’s simultaneous singalong that proved just how well-known the classic song is.
CCR and the Band both played at the Woodstock festival in 1969, so it was fitting that during Fogerty’s inaugural visit to Coachella, he’d honor Helm — but it wasn’t the day’s only tribute. Punk band Refused taped a sign reading “RIP Levon Helm” to their bass drum, and Los Angeles band Dawes performed what’s been described as a “heartfelt” and “admirable” version of ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.’
Watch John Fogerty and the Black Keys Perform ‘The Weight’ at Coachella