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Obit by Jon Pareles
The Last WaltzUp On Cripple Creek OpheliaThe Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Pareles:"In Mr. Helm's drumming, muscle, swing, economy and finesse were inseparably merged."A perfect description.
A perfect description.That's Pareles for you. Along with Joni, The Band is perhaps my most "native" music, the music deepest in my soul. Rick Danko was a huge loss; so is this.
I saw The Band (post Robbie Robertson) twice. Once in a beer tent wherein the entire audience gathered around the bar in the back, leaving the music lovers (like me)the opportunity to stand right in front of the stage. They were fantastic - Rick, Levon, Garth (Richard has already left us). I've never danced so hard at a show (or anywhere) in my life. God bless them all. Levon Helm was a real artist. Just listen to his last three albums for proof.
Rick is gone, too - died in 1999.I loved them all, saw them many times in various configurations - including once in the original Lone Star Cafe, with Paul Butterfield, shortly before he died. I also saw them long ago with Muddy Waters, one of my greatest loves.
Rick is gone, too - died in 1999.I know you know that, NNS. Just sayin'.
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