The Last Waltz concert, a farewell to The Band happened on November 25, 1976 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.
Forty years later, we’re still talking about the concert.
Robbie Robertson has had a storied career leading up to and following The Band but of course it’s stories about The Band we want to hear.
Robbie has finally released his autobiography and we get some good stories. Here’s one about “The Weight which he wrote in Woodstock.
“I sat with a little typewriter, a pen and legal pad, and a Martin D-28 guitar that said Nazareth, Pennsylvania, on the label inside the sound hole. I revisited memories and characters from my Southern exposure and put them into a Luis Buñuel surreal setting. One of the themes that really stuck with me … was the impossibility of sainthood – no good deed goes unpunished. I wrote ‘The Weight’ in one sitting that night.”