Fans of Levon Helm of The Band have been invited to his home and studio tomorrow (April 26) to pay their respects to the vocalist and drummer, who passed away last week (April 19) aged 71.
A message posted on Helm’s website reads:
Levon’s friends & fans are invited to pay their final respects on Thursday, April 26, 2012 between the hours of 10am. and 3pm. at his home/studio in Woodstock.
It is here where Helm hosted his famous Midnight Ramble gigs, which Mumford and Sons attended earlier in the year.
Helm passed away from throat cancer. Following his death a number of artists paid tribute to the musician via Twitter. The Maccabees said: “Goodbye and thank you Levon xxx” while Jack Penate wrote “The great Levon Helm has passed away. I was lucky enough to go to his house, watch him play & meet him. A beautiful man. R.I.P Levon Xxx… He was, in my humble opinion, the finest drummer/singer to live. Incredible swing and delicacy”.
The Band released their debut album, ‘Music From Big Pink’, in 1968, and went on to perform at the legendary Woodstock Festival in 1969. Their final show in 1976, which saw guest appearances from Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris and Neil Young, was the subject of the acclaimed Martin Scorsese documentary, The Last Waltz. The band went on to reform in the early 1980s, splitting for good in 1999 upon the death of Rick Danko.
Levon Helm won the Grammy Award for Best Americana Album in 2010 with ‘Electric Dirt’ and in 2012 for the live album ‘Ramble At The Ryman’.