STAR-STUDDED TRIBUTE FOR LEVON HELM OF THE BAND – A BENEFIT CONCERT TO SAVE THE BARN
Dozens of luminaries from rock, soul, and country—artists as diverse as Roger Waters, Mavis Staples, and My Morning Jacket—gathered at the Meadowlands’ Izod Center on October 3, 2012, to pay their collective respects in an incredible final tribute to Levon Helm, longtime drummer/singer/mandolin player of The Band, who passed away six months earlier.
The LOVE FOR LEVON concert—mounted by producers Keith Wortman and Don Was—was an opportunity to say a rousing farewell and, in the process, raise funds to continue the Midnight Ramble series of concerts started by Levon and his band seven years earlier at “The Barn,” his famous home studio in Woodstock, New York. That evening, one at a time, or in pairs, music royalty took turns in the spotlight, singing songs associated with Levon Helm and The Band. The extravaganza features 27 songs capped by a full group finale of The Weight, one of Levon’s greatest moments. On this magical night, everyone felt the outpouring of love toward Levon.