Is it better to burn out than fade away? Or is it best to have one last, blow-out show? ‘The Last Waltz,’ as a concert, a film and an album, served as the Band’s farewell to performing and recording – at least in its original incarnation.
Rhino Records will celebrate Record Store Day with special vinyl releases focusing on the Band, the Grateful Dead and the hits-packed 'Dazed and Confused' soundtrack. These limited edition albums will be available at participating independent record stores on April 20.
Early in the morning of March 4, 1986, Richard Manuel, one of the most recognizable and emotive voices in rock and roll, was silenced by his own hands. After a concert at the 'Cheek to Cheek' lounge in Winter Park, Fla., by the Band, who had re-formed without guitarist Robbie Robertson, a depressed and drug-abused Manuel returned to his hotel room and ended his life by hanging himself.
Over a dozen rock and country artists assembled last night to pay tribute to Levon Helm, and hopefully save the barn that housed the formal and informal Midnight Ramble sessions for so many years. The 'Love for Levon' concert took place at the Izod Center in New Jersey on Wednesday.
An all-star collection of talent from across the musical spectrum will pay tribute to Levon Helm of the Band, who died on April 19 following a lengthy bout with cancer. "Love for Levon" will take place at the IZOD Center in E. Rutherford, N.J. on Oct. 3.
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.
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