It should come as no surprise that Levon Helm was working right up until his untimely passing on April 19 -- or that one of his final studio performances was delivered for a very good cause. Along with an impressive all-star cast that included Rosanne Cash, Donald Fagen, Warren Haynes, Eric Burdon, Marianne Faithfull, Taj Mahal, and many more, Helm contributed to 'Toast to Freedom,' a new single recorded in honor of Amnesty International's 50th anniversary.
In the last decade of his life, Levon Helm opened up his home in Woodstock, N.Y. for his Midnight Ramble concerts. Therefore, it's fitting that it will be the site of a memorial for him. Rolling Stone is reporting that the service will take place on April 26 from 10AM to 3PM. Helm passed away on April 19 at the age of 71 after a lengthy bout with throat cancer. Friends and fans are invited to attend.
Levon Helm's death yesterday (April 19) at the age of 71 sent waves of grief through the musical community, prompting eloquent tributes and emotional remembrances from some of the many fans and fellow artists the drummer touched during his career. Levon's friend and former boss, Bob Dylan, has added a few words of his own.
Levon Helm, former drummer for the Band, is in the final stages of his battle with cancer, according to a note posted on his official website. The legendary musician, whose voice gave life to classic songs such as 'The Weight,' 'Up on Cripple Creek' and 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,' was thought to be recovered after a decade-old battle with the disease.