This is a great show from Kosei Nenkin Hall in Tokyo, Japan 1983! (september 1st, or maybe 2nd…)
From about 1983 until 1986, The Band consisted of original members Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson, along with the four members of Fayetteville Arkansas’s Cate Brothers Band, Earl and Ernie Cate, Ron Eoff, and Terry Cagle. Terry is Levon’s nephew and plays and sings a lot like his Uncle Levon. Earl and Ernie play keys and amazing guitar, respectively. Ernie is a soulful singer. Ron is an accomplished bassist, and his presence allowed Rick Danko to play some acoustic guitar and fiddle, just as having Terry Cagle on drums freed Levon to play mandolin some.
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One of the most anticipated gigs of 1983 came at the very end of the year, when the Band returned to the city of The Last Waltz when invited to open for the Grateful Dead at their annual New Year’s Eve extravaganza. Before a sold-out crowd at San Francisco’s Civic Auditorium, the Band proved they were still one of the best sounding groups on the planet, delivering a performance that not only delighted the San Francisco audience, but the Band members themselves. Performing classic original material as well as a smattering of choice covers, this performance was captured by the Bill Graham Presents crew and is presented here in its entirety.
- Rick Danko – bass, acoustic guitar, vocals
- Levon Helm – drums, mandolin, harmonica, vocals
- Richard Manuel – piano, drums, vocals
- Garth Hudson – organ, piano, synthesizer, accordion, saxophones
- Earl Cate – electric guitar, background vocals
- Ernie Cate – keyboards
- Ron Eoff – bass, background vocals
- Terry Cagle – drums
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I saw Ronnie Hawkins play near my hometown, Port Dover, Ontario, and I saw him play there on New Year’s Eve and the following spring I booked myself to be his opening act on maybe five shows, and he hired me after the first night.
You put a song on the record or on tape and you stop singing it. You just don’t sit around and sing it anymore unless you’re performing. That’s kind of sad.
I started working with Bob in 1965. We did go through a lot of changes from 65 to 74, a lot of changes. By 1974, everything had straightened itself out.
Stage Fright (from the Last Waltz):
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