30 day song challenge day 24

Day 24 is a song by a band you wish were still together. Despite the fact that they couldn’t possibly still be together because 3/5 of the band is dead, I’m gonna go with The Band. One of the greatest and most influential bands, and also the folks who backed up Bob Dylan when he went electric, I wish they’d stayed fully together after their 1976 concert The Last Waltz. While four of the five members did re-form soon thereafter, they pretty much were a nostalgia act after that. Meanwhile the fifth, Robbie Robertson, has done some amazing work in his solo career, and I wonder what would have happened if they’d been able to put the personalities aside and stayed as a group. Their musical talent had improved markedly over the sixteen years they were together, and who knows how much better they might have gotten?

Anyhow, here’s one of my favorites, the version of “Stage Fright” from The Last Waltz.

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