Only if Isbell and Shakey do “Like a Hurricane.”
… the band has returned for some hometown shows to close out the decade that saw their ascension, and they’ve brought some nice surprises along with them.
November 25, 1976 ~ Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, The Staple Singers, Ronnie Hawkins, and Dr. John join The Band for The Last Waltz, a farewell concert for the ages.
It’s at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom, the site of their very first performance together as The Band, way back in 1969. Martin Scorsese, Band friend and fan, agrees to film the event. Production designer Boris Leven acquires the set of Verdi’s La Traviata from the San Francisco Opera and has it set up as the stage backdrop. Robertson gets his ’59 Stratocaster guitar dipped in bronze, “like baby shoes,” for the occasion.
Before the show, Thanksgiving dinner is served to the 5,000 attendees, a feat requiring 6,000 pounds of turkey and 400 pounds of pumpkin pie. Once the show begins, the Band shares the stage with some of the biggest acts of the era. Neil Young and Joni Mitchell sing “Helpless” together. Van Morrison rips through “Caravan.” Eric Clapton hits “Further Up the Road.” Bob Dylan leads a mass jam of “I Shall Be Released,” which is intended to be the final song. When the crowd refuses to let it end, the musicians head out and finish things off with “Don’t Do It.”
The show goes down as a high-water mark of both rock concerts and rock documentaries after Scorsese’s The Last Waltz is released on April 26, 1978.In 1989, the Band is inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Five years later, they gain entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Neil Young’s 1975 unreleased album ‘Homegrown’ will be released in 2020, including songs fans have never heard like “We Don’t Smoke It.”
It was Facebook’s sponsorship of the Federalist Society — a key booster of Brett Kavanaugh — that convinced Young to quit …
The Federalist Society is also a pet of one Mitch McConnell who has used the group hard in his goal to turn the courts conservative.
Happy 74th to arguably one of the most important singer/songwriters of a generation …
You gotta love Shakey …
Neil Young has outlined an ambitious plan to release an enormous cache of unreleased music onto his Neil Young Archives website in 2020.
November 10, 1968 ~ Shakey performs “Sugar Mountain” at the Canterbury House in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The recording of the song is used as the B-side for “The Loner” and is later included on the Decade compilation album.
Fifty-one years later and we still don’t know who that rube is coughing at the end.