Last Waltz – Revisited

Posted on May 31, 2012


The world lost one extremely talented musician on the 19th of April this year. That would be one Levon Helm: drummer and singer in . In 1976 Martin Scorsese filmed and documented their farewell performance at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco .

Last night a group of similarly talented musicians recreated the Last Waltz in tribute to Levon. I was fortunate enough to be in attendance. The music was downright powerful. Each song was delivered with an intensity that had the audience dancing in the narrow aisles and loge boxes of the tiny Colonial Theatre in historic Pittsfield, Ma less than an hour away from where Levon held his Midnight Ramble in Woodstock, NY.

I did miss Rick Dacko’s almost crying tenor voice on Makes No Difference and The Weight. But who can match his voice the seems to weep the lyrics when he sings.
But they did do a spectacular job of recreating the The Weight with one of the Berkshire’s top blues singers who seemed to be channeling Mavis Staples.

And just like the movie, they brought back all the guest artists last night to close with I shall be released. What power: emotion, pure and raw. The audience swaying back and forth, singing along with the band.

Thank you Rev Tor for the experience.

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