Saturday, June 19, 2010

Saturday Night At The Liberal Curmudgeon: The Band Goes Up On Cripple Creek

"The Last Waltz" is one of the greatest rock concert films and the name of the performance signifying the end of The Band's touring career. Appropriately, one of the lines in this rousing performance of "Up On Cripple Creek"is "this living off the road is getting pretty old." Held at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom in 1976, "The Last Waltz" included Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell and other luminaries. The Band, who were noted for their unique blend of roots music, including early rock, blues, country and soul, and who also backed up Dylan, were inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

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