Friday, April 20, 2012

RIP Levon Helm

A lovely man, and one of the great voices ever. Watching and listening to this clip makes me sad and jubilant at the same time. What an amazing talent. 

Back in the mid-80s, my old band, The Headlights opened a show for The Band, and Levon was late for the show for some reason. A roadie filled in for the first few songs, and when Levon finally arrived at the venue, he slipped onstage and with a big smile, deftly took over in midsong. He made it look so effortless. He always did though, didn't he?

Man, this one hurts.