Love for Levon

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Love for Levon was a concert that took place on October 3, 2012 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey as a tribute to the late drummer/singer Levon Helm of The Band. The concert featured a wide variety of musicians who had worked with Helm as well as musicians who were influenced by him. Proceeds from the concert went towards keeping Helm's Woodstock barn in his family's control as well as continuing his Midnight Ramble concert series in the barn. The concert's musical directors were Don Was and Levon Helm collaborator Larry Campbell.[1][2] The concert was released on CD and DVD on March 19, 2013.[3]

Musicians[edit]

House bands[edit]

There were two separate house bands for this performance which shared many of the same members. One band was The Levon Helm Band and the other was The All Star Band. The horn section backed both bands for most songs. Some songs included only some members of either band and My Morning Jacket performed their songs with only the assistance of the horn section.

The All Star Band:
-Larry Campbell - guitar, mandolin, fiddle, vocals
-Amy Helm - vocals
-Teresa Williams - vocals
-Greg Leisz - guitar
-Kenny Aronoff - drums
-Don Was - bass
-Brian Mitchell - keyboards

The Levon Helm Band:
-Larry Campbell - guitar, mandolin, fiddle, vocals
-Amy Helm - vocals
-Teresa Williams - vocals
-Jim Weider - guitar
-Justin Guip - drums
-Byron Isaacs - bass
-Brian Mitchell - keyboards

The Horn Section
-Steven Bernstein - trumpet
-Jay Collins - saxophone
-Earl McIntyre - trombone[4]
-Howard Johnson - tuba
-Erik Lawrence - saxophone[5]

Special guests[edit]

Roger Waters, Garth Hudson, My Morning Jacket, John Mayer, Joe Walsh, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Gregg Allman, Bruce Hornsby, Ray LaMontagne, John Hiatt, Grace Potter, Warren Haynes, Lucinda Williams, Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, David Bromberg, Robert Randolph, John Prine, Jorma Kaukonen, Marc Cohn, Jakob Dylan, Mike Gordon, Joan Osborne, Jai Johanny Johanson, Jon Randall, Matt Burr, Barry Mitterhoff, Jessi Alexander, Steve Jordan, Shawn Pelton, Rami Jaffee and G.E. Smith[6]

Setlist[edit]

The set list was composed primarily of songs by The Band and Levon Helm solo (including songs they covered or recorded on with another artist).

  1. "The Shape I'm In"
  2. "Long Black Veil"
  3. "Trouble in Mind"
  4. "This Wheel's on Fire"
  5. "Little Birds"
    • feat. Byron Isaacs and Teresa Williams
  6. "Listening to Levon"
  7. "Move Along Train"
  8. "Life is a Carnival"
  9. "When I Paint My Masterpiece"
  10. "Anna Lee"
  11. "Ain't Got No Home"
  12. "Whispering Pines"
  13. "Rag Mama Rag"
  14. "Don't Do It"
  15. "I Shall Be Released"
  16. "Tears of Rage"
  17. "Rockin' Chair"
  18. "Chest Fever"
    • feat. Garth Hudson, Dierks Bentley, Jon Randall and Jessi Alexander
  19. "A Train Robbery"
  20. "Get Up Jake"
    • feat. Eric Church
  21. "Tennessee Jed"
    • feat. John Mayer and Steve Jordan
  22. "Up on Cripple Creek"
  23. "Ophelia"
  24. "It Makes No Difference"
    • feat. My Morning Jacket
  25. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
  26. "Wide River to Cross"
    • feat. Roger Waters and G.E. Smith
  27. "The Weight"
    • feat. all guest musicians[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger. "Roger Waters joins Love for Levon tribute show". NJ.com. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  2. ^ Gary Graff/Detroit - BillBoard. "'Love for Levon' Concert Gets March Release on CD/DVD, Will Air on TV". billboard.com. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  3. ^ "Love For Levon (2xBlu-Ray + 2xCD)". Retrieved 2013-02-08. 
  4. ^ Although Clark Gayton was listed in the liner notes, the DVD clearly shows that the trombone player for the entire concert was Earl McIntyre. This was confirmed in a personal conversation with Byron Isaacs who said that Clark had been invited but did not attend due to a schedule conflict.
  5. ^ http://loveforlevon.com/
  6. ^ Tony LoBue. "'Levon Helm Official Website': Levon Helm Official Website". levonhelm.com. Retrieved 2012-10-14. 
  7. ^ New Jersey. "'Love for Levon': Levon Helm tribute concert live blog". NJ.com. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 

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