He helped lead the Band through the most iconic Thanksgiving celebration in rock history with 'The Last Waltz,' but he's also an artist who's celebrated his Native American heritage on recordings like 'Contact From the Underworld of Redboy,' so it shouldn't surprise anyone that Robbie Robertson has a somewhat complicated relationship with the holiday.
It's not just that the Band's classic 1972 live recording 'Rock of Ages' only scratched the surface of what the group did over four concerts during the final week of the previous year at New York City's Academy of Music. Turns out, guitarist/co-producer Robbie Robertson never liked how the original sounded.
Strike up the band! It's Robbie Robertson's 69th birthday on July 5. The vocalist, who started his career as a member of Ronnie Hawkins' band the Hawks and would later become part of Bob Dylan's backing band, eventually got his time in the spotlight as the guitarist and one of the vocalists for the Band.
Robbie Robertson is set to receive a top honor from the Canadian government on Friday (May 27), as the former member of the Band will be appointed to the Order of Canada. In addition, Robertson will appear on the June 9 edition of 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.'