Sunday, November 20, 2016
The THE BAND Band at the Iridium
The Performance above was at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY in July 2014
When a major group disbands or many of the original members pass away, tribute groups often form. There are umpteen Beatles tribute groups and Elvis Presley impersonators out there. Since 1968 I have been a fan of The Band which recorded with Bob Dylan and by themselves for many years. Original members Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Levon Helm passed away while Robbie Robertson and Garth Hudson are still living.
Last night we went to see The THE BAND Band, a tribute group, at The Iridium on Broadway and 51st Street. I guess if the original group is no longer around, a tribute group is the next best thing. They performed mostly early Band recordings of the late 60s and early 70s. They played a few songs done on the Jericho album from 1991. The only two Dylan songs that they played were Like a Rolling Stone and I Shall be Released. I wish they would have played This Wheel on Fire, but they just couldn't do everything.
We enjoyed the show. I do remember seeing the original group at Central Park in the Summer of 1971,