Founding Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters, Gregg Allman, Joe Walsh, and My Morning Jacket were among the artists that rocked a crowd of over 10,000 fans at Love for Levon, the star-studded tribute concert for late Band singer/drummer Levon Helm on Wednesday night at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ.
Other artists who took the stage to honor Levon’s memory included ex-Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, founding Band keyboardist Garth Hudson, pop/blues star John Mayer, gospel/soul great Mavis Staples, Phish bassist Mike Gordon, Robert Randolph, Wallflowers frontman Jakob Dylan, and country stars Eric Church and Dierks Bentley. Each artist performed their rendition of one of The Band’s classic tracks supported by members of Helm's backing group, The Levon Helm Band.
Among the highlights of the event were Allman and Haynes performing “Long Black Veil,” Walsh and Randolph trading blistering solos during “Cripple Creek,” and Waters teaming up with My Morning Jacket to knock out an epic version of “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” For the finale, all the artists gathered onstage together for a special performance of “The Weight.”
More than paying homage to the influential musician, who died in April at age 71 after a long battle with cancer, the event was created to raise money to help Helm's family maintain ownership of his barn and studios in Woodstock, New York.
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