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Levon Helm died today:

http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=722294

Great musician.

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The Last Waltz is still one of my favorite BDs to put in the player.

Only two of The Band left. Robbie Robertson and Garth Hudson.

I always got a kick out of seeing Levon in the movies.
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loved his work. still have 2 band albums on vinyl.

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Gonna have to watch the last waltz tonight
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From last year. Thanks Levon!

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Don't really know much about Mr. Helm but when I saw his face in some news photos today there was something familiar about him, then it dawned on me that I last saw him in Shooter (2007), a short but memorable part where he explains all about guns and conspiracies. Funny how there are certain roles that just stick in your memory.

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Don't really know much about Mr. Helm but when I saw his face in some news photos today there was something familiar about him, then it dawned on me that I last saw him in Shooter (2007), a short but memorable part where he explains all about guns and conspiracies. Funny how there are certain roles that just stick in your memory.

I remember discovering that nice bit of trivia after seeing the film. He seemed familiar, but I couldn't place it. Sorry to see him go. 72's not bad for many of us
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The Last Waltz is still one of my favorite BDs to put in the player.

It was one of the very first DVDs I bought ages ago. I've watched it many times.

I noticed it was the No. 1 selling DVD for a time today on Amazon.
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The "voice" of The Band...not necessarily the "VIP," but an important cog (to say the least).

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Its so sad to see him go...

I must admit I never knew about "The Band" until I bought the Bluray, based upon its rave reviews on Amazon. Truly a *MUST* have disc for the concert lover! I enjoy rediscovering music from this era, but don't know how this one slipped by.

Rest in Peace Levon!
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Its so sad to see him go...

I must admit I never knew about "The Band" until I bought the Bluray, based upon its rave reviews on Amazon. Truly a *MUST* have disc for the concert lover! I enjoy rediscovering music from this era, but don't know how this one slipped by.

Rest in Peace Levon!

Never knew about The Band until I heard the bluray based on its rave reviews on Amazon...that makes me feel older than dirt. Never heard of Bob Dylan? A friend of mine had tix that night (at Winterland for the last concert that they based the film on) and I coulda gone but there was this girl....

Levon, play on man, I'm still listening.

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...that makes me feel older than dirt. Never heard of Bob Dylan?

Of course I've heard of Bob Dylan. His backing band's history apparently not so much until recently and I'm certainly not the minority.

It would have been an amazing show to see back in the day. Although I would have been too young to appreciate it. I'm very glad it was filmed so I could now experience a fraction of what it must have been like.

I hope you aren't complaining about feeling older than dirt, as many are denied the privilege!
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Levon had an incredible and unmistakable voice. I only own a few BD movies, but The Last Waltz was one that I bought shortly after I completed my home theater. If anyone remembers the movie, "The Right Stuff", he was in it as Chuck Yeager's close friend and test pilot and also did the narration.
I'll be watching TLW this weekend.
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Levon had an incredible and unmistakable voice. I only own a few BD movies, but The Last Waltz was one that I bought shortly after I completed my home theater. If anyone remembers the movie, "The Right Stuff", he was in it as Chuck Yeager's close friend and test pilot and also did the narration.
I'll be watching TLW this weekend.

Oh Man! That's where I remember him. Thanks

"Hey Ridley, You Got Any Beemans?"
"I Might have me a stick"

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Of course I've heard of Bob Dylan. His backing band's history apparently not so much until recently and I'm certainly not the minority.

It would have been an amazing show to see back in the day. Although I would have been too young to appreciate it. I'm very glad it was filmed so I could now experience a fraction of what it must have been like.

I hope you aren't complaining about feeling older than dirt, as many are denied the privilege!

Glad to hear. I had the pleasure of working with the Dylan crew for a few years (in arranging transport for equipment for tours, even have my own personalized tour jacket from the 78 tour, although I've uh, grown a bit since then).

Winterland was a unique place, not the best place but a special place nonetheless. I saw my first show there (Neil Young's Harvest tour, with Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys opening for him) and many many others until they closed the place. Wish I had thought this one was worth going to over and above the chasing of tail, but that wasn't the case

But the complaints come with age... I'm glad I'm still around, though, no complaints on the adventure so far. How did Warren Zevon put it, I'll have plenty of time to sleep when I die?

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Winterland looked like an interesting place. What is there now?

Another great Bluray filmed at Winterland was The Grateful Dead Movie. Lots of behind the scenes film as well as music. It gives me the same experience as The Last Waltz. The next best thing to being there!

I often feel like I should have been born 15 years or so earlier. I missed out on some truly good times.
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Winterland looked like an interesting place. What is there now?

Winterland was eventually torn down in 1985, and was replaced by apartments, Its original back entrance door for musicians is currently up for sale on Wolfgang's Vault for $1,000,000.

From Wiki....

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Winterland looked like an interesting place. What is there now?

Another great Bluray filmed at Winterland was The Grateful Dead Movie. Lots of behind the scenes film as well as music. It gives me the same experience as The Last Waltz. The next best thing to being there!

I often feel like I should have been born 15 years or so earlier. I missed out on some truly good times.

Winterland was originally an ice skating rink thus it's name, was quite the building when it was new (lots of $$). I'm pretty sure it had sat unused for a few years until Bill Graham put it to better use as a bigger venue than his Fillmore West. It is near the current Fillmore, and sits on the edge of Japantown and the Fillmore district but never was pictureesque. Gritty would be a better term. I believe the closing concert for the Fillmore West was also filmed, altho I don't recall having seen it but maybe once in a midnight movie festival...

Back then the free concerts in Golden Gate Park by the likes of Santana, Journey (the original band, not that cheesy pop version that came along later and sold a lot more records), Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane/Starship, etc...those were pretty damn cool!

ps Just found Fillmore: The Last Days on Netflix!

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Thanks for the backstory, guys! It must have been a magical place & time. I'll give that film a look, Luvinthehd. Sorry to sidetrack the thread, but that's what happens sometimes :-/

When I get the time, I'm going to watch The Last Waltz again in honor of Levon.. I haven't seen it since my new projector install (JVC RS40).
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Here's all the music (4 plus hours) from The Last Waltz concert. Lots of info in the summary.

http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/the-ba...-25-1976.html#
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