Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sending Love to Levon Helm

I am sad to report that Levon Helm, who has played drums and contributed lead vocals while in the groundbreaking musical group The Band is "in the final stages of his battle with cancer." Levon's website notes, "Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey. Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration...he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage."
Rolling Stone writes that ,"Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer in the late 1990s. He recovered, but it took him many years to recover his singing voice. At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony past Saturday evening, Robbie Robertson sent "love and prayers" out to Helm."

From The Road (1995), shot 8/5/94 in Rockford, IL

The Band:
Levon Helm - vocals, drums
Rick Danko - vocals, bass
Garth Hudson - keyboards, accordion
Jim Weider - guitar
Richard Bell - keyboards, vocals
Randy Ciarlante - drums vocals

The Horn Section:
Joe Mulherin - trumpet
David Woodford - tenor sax
Joe Sublett - tenor sax
Garrett Adkins - trombone
Howard Johnson - tuba, baritone sax

Video (c) 1995 by High Five Entertainment, Tribune Entertainment
Atlantic City c. Bruce Springsteen

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