THE BAND’s Final Show: 35 Years Ago TODAY

Thirty-five years ago today, November 25th, 1976, the original line-up of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Band[/lastfm] did their last concert…

It was Thanksgiving Day at San Francisco’s Winterland, where they made their live debut as The Band in 1969.

Filmed for theatrical release by director Martin Scorsese, The Last Waltz featured guest appearances by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Eric Clapton[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bob Dylan[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Muddy Waters[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Joni Mitchell[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Neil Young[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul Butterfield[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ronnie Wood[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ringo Starr[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Van Morrison[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dr. John[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Stephen Stills[/lastfm][lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ronnie Hawkins[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Neil Diamond[/lastfm].

In addition to the critically acclaimed 1978 movie, the concert also yielded a triple-album that same year. The film and soundtrack have since been reissued on DVD and CD.

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Robbie Robertson[/lastfm], The Band’s guitarist and principle songwriter, felt that after 16 years on the road they would concentrate on working in the studio. But the five members — Robertson, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Levon Helm[/lastfm][lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Garth Hudson[/lastfm] and the late [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rick Danko[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Richard Manuel[/lastfm] went their separate ways, although all but Robertson did regroup as The Band in 1983 and that came to an end in 1999 when Danko passed away.

Robertson has maintained a solo career, but never returned to touring. ~JZ.


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