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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Film Review: “The Band’s Visit”
  –  January 17, 2018
But the most affecting moments of “The Band’s Visit” contain no music at all, proving true the Claude DeBussy quote about music being “the space between the notes.” As cafe owner Dina, Elkabetz has heartbreak in her eyes before she ever says a ...
THE Cranberries music sales have surged after the tragic death of lead singer of the band, Dolores O'Riordan.
  –  January 17, 2018
Music by the Irish band has skyrocketed on Amazon’s list of Movers & Shakers in the aftermath of her passing. The group's latest album, Something Else, which they released last year soared to the top spot with a huge 913,350 percent surge in sales.
Just Wait! THE BAND'S VISIT Cast Recording Hits Stores Friday 2/23
  –  January 16, 2018
When THE BAND'S VISIT opened on Broadway earlier this season, the score was praised for its "uncanny virtuosity" by The New York Timesand its "melodic soulfulness" by The Washington Post. Entertainment Weekly raved about the show's "haunting music and ...
Jaret Reddick from Bowling For Soup chats about the band, the upcoming tour, new music and more
  –  January 12, 2018
So you’ve fronted Bowling For Soup for over 20 years now. That’s impressive. What’s it like being able to play alongside your friends in such a widely known and popular punk rock band? It’s the greatest thing in the world, and I don’t say that ...
Radiohead’s Music Publisher Denies The Band Has A Lawsuit Against Lana Del Rey
  –  January 11, 2018
Days ago, Lana Del Rey shared a social media post about a supposed lawsuit against her — particularly “Get Free,” off her album Lust For Life. Apparently the issue in question, the song’s similarity to Radiohead‘s “Creep,” has not sparked a ...
Dartford: Take That musical The Band adds dates at the Orchard Theatre to its UK tour
  –  January 11, 2018
A second theatre in Kent is to host The Band, a show featuring the music of Take That, it has been announced. The show had already been scheduled to come to the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury next month, but will now play at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford ...
Radiohead haven’t sued Lana Del Rey, according to the band’s publishers
  –  January 10, 2018
The statement also denies that the band wants 100% of the publishing rights. Read the statement in full beneath: “As Radiohead’s music publisher, it’s true that we’ve been in discussions since August of last year with Lana Del Rey’s representatives.
Lana Del Rey could be sued by Radiohead as the band accuse the pop-star of copyright infringement over similar-sounding hit
  –  January 8, 2018
THOM YORKE and the rest of the band are considering suing Lana for copyright infringement ... NOEL GALLAGHER isn’t scared of a fight, but now he’s starting one with an entire arm of the music industry . . . as well as brother LIAM.
PICS: Meet the band that make cool music under water
  –  January 7, 2018
Sydney - A glass bowl, a little water and a single voice were the simple tools that kick-started the world’s first underwater band on Friday. The band amazed audiences at the annual Sydney Festival – a major arts festival that runs for three weeks ...
Erase, change, break, grow: Kali Masi is on tour in support of the band’s newest music
  –  January 5, 2018
For the past two years, Sam Porter’s life has been exciting. From touring around the country to creating new music, Porter doesn’t want to complain. And the Chicago-based musician is looking to hit the road with his band Kali Masi. “We haven’t been ...
The Sex Pistols’ 1978 American Tour Was An Ill-Conceived Run That Ripped The Band Apart
  –  January 4, 2018
Around the middle of the song, while the rest of the band at least attempts to maintain some semblance ... A look of sad recognition washes over his face as his bandmates bring the music to an end. “Ever get the feeling you been cheated?”
Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Gives An Update On The Future Of The Band
  –  December 18, 2017
I've actually heard other people outside the band suggest that, and there's absolutely no way ... Watch the "One More Light" music video, an ode to Bennington, below.


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