The Band

The Band



The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1968 by Rick Danko (bass guitar, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboards, saxophone), Richard Manuel (keyboards, vocals), Robbie Robertson (guitar), and Levon Helm (drums, vocals). The members of The Band first came together as they joined the rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins's backing group, the Hawks, one by one between 1958 and 1963.

In 1964, they separated from Hawkins, after which they toured and released a few singles as Levon and the Hawks and the Canadian Squires. The next year, Bob Dylan hired them for his U.S. tour in 1965 and world tour in 1966.[1] Following the 1966 tour, the group moved with Dylan to Saugerties, New York, where they made the informal 1967 recordings that became The Basement Tapes, the basis for their 1968 debut album, Music from Big Pink. Because they were always "the band" to various frontmen, Helm said the name "The Band" worked well when the group came into its own.[2][a] The group began performing as The Band in 1968 and went on to release ten studio albums. Dylan continued to collaborate with The Band over the course of their career, including a joint 1974 tour.

The original configuration of The Band ended its touring career in 1976 with an elaborate live ballroom performance featuring numerous musical celebrities. This performance was filmed for Martin Scorsese's 1978 documentary The Last Waltz. The Band resumed touring in 1983 without guitarist Robertson, who had found success with a solo career and as a Hollywood music producer. Following a 1986 show, Manuel committed suicide. The remaining three members continued to tour and record albums with a succession of musicians filling Manuel's and Robertson's roles; the final configuration of the group included Richard Bell (piano), Randy Ciarlante (drums), and Jim Weider (guitar). Danko died of heart failure in 1999, after which the group broke up for good. Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998 and was unable to sing for several years, but he eventually regained the use of his voice. He continued to perform and released several successful albums until he died in 2012.

The group was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.[4][5] In 2004 Rolling Stone ranked them No. 50 on its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time,[6] and in 2008 they received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.[7] In 2004, "The Weight" was ranked 41st on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.[8]

In 2014, The Band was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.



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Austin rockers The Band of Heathens talk tequila, bikini hammocks and Texas roots at ACL
  –  October 13, 2017
But Americana...there’s a great scene going on around that. Ed: We dabble! Gordy: Yeah, we dabble. It’s music. There’s good and then there’s bad music. We try to play good music. What are The Band of Heathens' plans after ACL and going into 2018?
Striking up the band at Seaside High School
  –  October 19, 2017
“Working up the music for pep band is also a fun ... Both the pep band and jazz ensemble are assembled from the membership of the symphonic band. Dahlgren notes that the band program is fortunate to have some of the best academic kids in school and ...
Singing cardiologist gets the band back together
  –  October 17, 2017
At the time, “the band” was a collection of doctors who’d recently switched from playing bluegrass to rock-and-roll “when we realized how lousy ... s double meaning as an irregular rhythm of both music and the heart. Over time the original five ...
Recovering act! The Band Perry's bass guitarist Reid undergoes emergency surgery in Los Angeles
  –  October 22, 2017
The 28-year-old bass player for famed country music group The Band Perry shared a series of videos on his Instagram account detailing his quick stop in the emergency room at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for an appendectomy surgery. He took to ...
The Band Perry's Reid Perry Documents Emergency Appendectomy on Instagram
  –  October 22, 2017
A rep for The Band Perry did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request ... Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban, to dedicate the night to music fans. The honorees did not accept awards or give speeches as usual Wednesday night, but some chose to perform ...
Former Wickliffe marching band director reminisces about building the band
  –  October 19, 2017
Frank said Michel agreed and the band moved forward in that direction ... He said, thanks to Frank’s guidance and help, he has engaged in music as a career through out the rest of his life. He’s now an adjunct instructor at Lakeland Community College ...
ZZ Top Guitarist Billy Gibbons Shares The Secret To The Band’s Longevity
  –  October 18, 2017
The motivation to continue remains letting the good times roll and those who hear our music understand we have something to ... What does the future hold for the band? We’ve been recording some new material and we’ll soon be back in the studio for ...
Talking with the band: Thrice coming to Tucson for Fall Ball
  –  October 17, 2017
After years together, the band, comprised of vocalist and guitarist Dustin Kensrue ... What has been inspiring the music you’re working on? “They’re not super far along yet in terms of themes or lyrics — that generally comes last with our writing ...
Former Pussycat Doll Kaya Jones says the band was a front for a ‘prostitution ring’ and the singers were ‘abused’ by music executives
  –  October 17, 2017
FORMER Pussycat Doll Kaya Jones has alleged that the chart-topping girl group appeared to be just a front for a "prostitution ring". The former member of the band which made Nicole Scherzinger famous took to Twitter last week to share the shocking claims ...
Arcade Fire’s over-the-top show anchored by the band’s older material
  –  October 16, 2017
The thrust of all this was clear: Music, fandom and even the act of going to a concert have all become hopelessly commodified by social media and other techno-capitalist forces. (Now please consider buying a T-shirt.) But once the band toned down the ...
Face Time: Paul Harnden keeps the band in time
  –  October 15, 2017
Is it difficult to keep the beat of the music flowing for each section of the band? It can be challenging. One section will sometimes try to speed up or slow down depending on the particular piece of music. I look to the bass drummer to keep the beat I want.
40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie Exclusive Clip Chronicles the Band Reliving Touring Days
  –  October 14, 2017
Many people hold a special connection to the music they first heard during their adolescence, as it evokes the feelings and emotions of their carefree youth. The new documentary, ’40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie,’ is reawakening those ...
Tracii Guns: What Would GN'R Sound Like Had I Stayed in the Band
  –  October 14, 2017
It was constructing music and putting these arrangements and parts together and Axl would sit and watch the band rehearse stuff and write his lyrics and stuff down." "We did Guns N' Roses but we also did LA Guns. To me at that point before we did Guns N ...
William Within's Alex Simpson on why the band called it quits
  –  October 14, 2017
These farewell tracks are spectacular. “Taller the Gate” is similar to the music on the band’s expansive 2012 self-titled record, and the mix on “Amuse Me” has been given a facelift since its video debut last year. With the 2015 addition of ...
OPETH's Mikael Åkerfeldt Got Challenged To Fights By Fans Over The Band's Prog Direction
  –  October 11, 2017
The second Opeth started releasing singles from its 2011 album Heritage, fans immediately had strong opinions on the band's new material ... Anyway, please don't fight people over music. That's ridiculous.
The Band of Heathens Planning Something New for 2018
  –  October 10, 2017
The Band of Heathens fans can look forward to new music in 2018. Band co-founders Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist tell The Boot that there’s something new in the works for next year — though they’re mum on the specifics. “For us, it’s like, alright ...
Interview: Jared Corder from the band repeat repeat opens up
  –  October 10, 2017
The band repeat repeat will be opening for Neon Trees tonight at ... and BRONCHO. Digital transformation of music Regarding the impact of technology in the music scene, he said, "Access to nice technology has given less talented people more exposure.


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