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As I promised a few days ago when I first heard the sad news of the passing of Levon Helm, one of the true greats of music, here is concert by The Band, during their reunion tour of 1983. Recorded live in Chicago on July 1, 1983.
The Band always stood out - they were different - they were special. They came to symbolize the true essence of Rock and Roots music, without all the pretense and fakery. They were the real deal. And their music was memorable and continues to leave its impression on countless musicians coming up in the ranks.
They were one of a kind, and founder and linchpin Levon Helm made it all happen. He will be sorely missed, but his contribution to the world will be around until they stop playing music. Which, with any luck, will be never.
Thank you for all those days and all those years.
And here's a reminder.