Love For Levon-I just saw it and...
being brought up/living in the UK and latterly in Australia, I managed to bypass The Band and it's subsequent offshoots.
I was amazed by the respect he has from his peers, but having watched the interviews on the DVD I can now appreciate his gift.
Having now listened to more of his recorded stuff, I am in awe of his feel for what he was playing.
Does anybody else share my newly found love?
Well, not "new-found" in my case, but I've always loved The Band. And Levon's version of Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece" is one of my all-time favorite songs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq2e7DPhyHg
The Band had the luxury of 3 decent vocalists, so you never got tired of the same sound over and over.
My drummer's favorite drummer. I just wish he could sing a little like Levon, then our band would have 3 decent vocalists as well.
I think being a member of The Band, hanging at big pink, writing and recording all the time, would have been a lot of fun.
Definitely. I have some friends in a local band that got to record one of their albums at Levon's studio and were invited to play in a couple of the Midnight Rambles at his house. Imagine sharing the mic in Levon's house and getting to sing the first verse of the Weight. :eek:
Absolutely. I first saw them play at Summer Jam '73 at Watkins Glen, New York, where they shared the bill with the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead. I've been a big fan ever since. If you get a chance to hear the CD of that concert, you'll hear how they coped with an electrical storm in the middle of their set.
Rick Danko's bass lesson DVD is a hoot, too.
Was lucky enough to see him live a couple years ago when he was well enough to do so. They played two 2 hour sets, and sounded freakin awesome the whole night. Ocassionally Levon would turn the drumming over to another guy and come out front to sing and play mandolin. He was still a fantastic drummer and singer and did both most of the night. I have a bootleg of the show.
As for the LFL concert, it was great to see David Bromberg again, still rockin that old white tele. Roger Waters was a hoot with Levons old ball cap. And Garth... what can you say, definitly the mad scientist of the band.
If I could sing (which I can't dammit), it is his voice I would love to have and be able to play as smoothly as he does while doing it. A genuine musician. Only David Hidalgo would be my second choice. RIP Levon.....
Heck yeah. I was playing Twilight earlier this morning
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