The Band became The Band

April 15, 2018

Bob Dylan's former backing group

simply known as The Band

made their first stand alone appearance at the Fillmore West in San Francisco

this week on April 17th of 1969

When The Band played their first live show as an independent band

at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom 

terrified, reportedly — guitarist Robbie Robertson

socked with a 103-degree fever and hot off the buzz train

from a world tour with Bob Dylan in 1966

and their debut album

Music From The Big Pink 

under a year old

Since there’s no video of that show

dig on one of the finest rockumentaries of all time above 

The Last Waltz, and good ol’ Levon Helm leading the way

with a road-wary parable that sums up the soul-comforted slice

of 70s rock that only they could eponymously epitomize 

They both owned the road those days and new exactly went to get the hell off 

at the same exact venue where it all started:

"I pulled into Nazareth, I was feel in’ about half past dead
Just need to find a place where I can lay my head
Hey, mister, can you tell me where a man might find a bed?
He just grinned and shook my hand and, ‘No’, was all he said"


The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group

formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1968

Rick Danko ~ bass guitar, vocals

Garth Hudson ~ keyboards, saxophone

Richard Manuel ~ keyboards, vocals

Robbie Robertson ~ guitar, vocals

Levon Helm ~ drums, vocals 


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