I hope we piss off the right people by changing these words,” Early James said before Marcus King and his band got rolling alongside him. James went on to deliver a version of the Band’s song with enough key lyrics altered to transform it from an elegy for the Lost Cause to a forceful argument for leaving those lies in the dirt.
Watkins Glen Summer Jam ~ July 28, 1973
150,000 tickets were sold – 600,000 or more showed up.
July 21, 1990 ~ Roger Waters performs the classic Pink Floyd album The Wall at the Berlin Wall. Having left Pink Floyd, he is joined by The Band, Scorpions and Cyndi Lauper. Over 200,000 attend.
When we say an all-star band, we truly mean it. Expect to see Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Stephen Stills, Ronnie Wood and Van Morrison are all on stage at once in the clip below.
~ Jack Whatley, Far Out Magazine
July 1. 1968 ~ The debut album from The Band. The music is composed at “Big Pink,” a house shared by Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Richard Manual in West Saugerties, NY. The cover artwork is by Dylan.
It’s #34 on Rolling Stones’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and an American treasure.
If you pour some music on whatever’s wrong, it’ll sure help out …Levon Helm
b. May 26, 1940
Scorcese’s rock film classic opens in theaters on April 26, 1978 …
The film was full of controversy. Levon Helm called it the “biggest fucking ripoff of The Band” due to the belief it put too much emphasis on Robbie Robertson. The film was shot in 35mm film at a time when no one was sure 35mm cameras could run that long and not burn out. Cocaine was everywhere but didn’t show up in the film. The stories go on and on.
The most famous involves the great Muddy Waters. If you watch his performance, you notice there’s just one shot through his whole performance. A whole bunch of famous cinematographers worked for Scorsese on The Last Waltz. One of them was Laszlo Kovacs (Five Easy Pieces, Easy Rider) and just as Muddy hit the stage, Scorsese – who got the band sequence out of order and had a fit – ordered all the cameras to stop. Laszlo didn’t hear him. Or, didn’t want to hear him – and kept rolling — the one and only camera catching the great Muddy Waters on stage. And, that’s why there’s only one angle shot of Muddy Waters’ performance at The Last Waltz.
April 17, 1969 ~ Bill Graham books Dylan’s back-up band at The Winterland. The Band is born.
Born April 3, 1943. The first voice we hear on “Big Pink” and the last.
It’s a holiday for some.