The Band at Woodstock
|Performed on||Day 3|
|Started at||10.00 pm, Sunday, 17th|
|Played for||50 min.|
|Festival Day Chronology|
|Prev. artist||Ten Years After at 8.15 pm|
|Next artist||Johnny Winter at 12.00 am (midnight)|
One of the most appreciated bands, The Band began playing on Sunday, the 17th at ca. 10.00 pm. Mostly Canadians, they were known for excellent Folk-Rock, almost better than most US-based Folk bands, succeeding their mentor and former employer Bob Dylan.
- Robbie Robertson - guitar, vocals
- Rick Danko - bass, vocals
- Levon Helm - drums, vocals, mandolin
- Garth Hudson - organ, piano, clavinet, synthesizer, saxophone
- Richard Manuel - piano, organ, vocals, drums
- Chest Fever
- Don't Do It
- Tears of Rage
- We Can Talk
- Long Black Veil
- Don't You Tell Henry
- Ain't No More Cane on the Brazos
- This Wheel's on Fire
- I Shall Be Released
- The Weight
- Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
What can be said about this set? This is the renaissance of Folk-Rock performed at this historic musical event. "I Shall Be Released" is played so sweet that even Mr. Dylan would have smiled.
The Band had only one album by hand so far: The cult album Music From Big Pink, released in 1968. But their music didn't fall short. In fact they had been around for many years. They played seven of the eleven songs from that album, taking a careful try at Bob Dylan, too but not as excessive as for instance The Byrds. "The Weight" is their last song (before the encore), a song that was already made famous by the biker movie Easy Rider.
The whole show is available as an excellent soundboard tape. "The Weight" was released officially. "Ain't No More Cane on the Brazos" can be found on the 1994 box set Across the Great Divide.