After The Last Waltz show at the Winterland in ‘78, The Band were back stage talking about how great the show went and how amazing the experience had been for everybody. At one point, Robbie looked at everyone and suggested that they get back together. Levon was the first to reply: “Fuck you. We said it was the goddamn Last Waltz! I’m going back to fucking Arkansas!” Levon promptly left the room and building shortly there after.
One of the great ones. He sang and played the drums like a motherfucker. An underrated actor, band leader and songwriter. You will be missed, old man.
Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. 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…
We appreciate all the love and support and concern.
From his daughter Amy, and wife Sandy
”—I just read this news about Levon Helm. Very sad. I wish him peace and comfort.
California has always been the force in country music just behind Nashville and Texas, and that counts for underground country and roots as well. Where California played a key role in the formation of underground country was the interjection of punk influences and the transition of punk fans. Mike Ness of Social Distortion, Jon Doe and Exene Cervenka from the band X doing country side projects in the 80′s and 90′s is what led to the punk/country nexus. The Devil Makes Three from Northern California were one of the very first bands to bring a punk attitude to string music, The Pine Box Boys from San Francisco were one of the pioneers of Gothic bluegrass, and Los Duggans from LA were an important Deep Blues band.