In response to Levon’s passing www.bobdylan.com
He was my bosom buddy friend to the end, one of the last true great spirits of my or any other generation. This is just so sad to talk about. I still can remember the first day I met him and the last day I saw him. We go back pretty far and had been through some trials together. I'm going to ...
Yeah - I can't listen to him sing without crying AND smiling.
The Band was my favorite band, and I am so happy that I saw them in each of their phases - all five of them together, then later with Robbie Robertson absent when the other four toured. I saw them in the little wooden enclosed ice hocky 'arena' in Hillsborough North Carolina about two weeks before Richard Manuel died. Then I saw them up at Sugarloaf ski resort up in Maine when it was just Rick, Levon and Garth left.
I was standing close enough to touch them.
And then one of the highlights of my musical memory is that I DID go to Levon's birthday bash midnight ramble in 2008.
It was INCREDIBLE. It was like you were sitting in his living room - his daughter and son-in-law sang backup and he had this collection of blues musicians who just rocked that joint. I was going to volunteer to be a parking attendent there (you parked on his yard - he had this beautiful, wooded acreage down this dirt road just outside of Woodstock) but we moved back to England.
Oh well, Levon has gone on - but we'll never lose his voice AND his energetic drumming.