‘The Last Waltz’: Where are they now?

There is a word of sage advice at the beginning of The Last Waltz: “This movie should be played loud.”

That Martin Scorsese film documented Band‘s last five-man show on Nov. 25, 1976 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. They had established themselves as one of America’s leading groups over 15 years of music production – first as backing band for Ronnie Hawkins that is Bob Dylan, then through their own album catalogue. But their future was now uncertain.

Guitarist Robbie Robertsonbassist/vocalist Rick Danko, drummer/vocalist Levon Helmmulti-instrumentalist Garth Hudson and keyboardist/vocalist Richard Manuel originally intended The Last Waltz only as their last concert. But when Robertson booked some study time soon after, the others didn’t show up.

“It really made me feel bad,” Robertson shared NPR in 2016, “and I thought, ‘I’ve got to read the writing on the wall here.'” The others later reunited without him.

They definitely went out with a bang. Scorsese’s film, which premiered a few years later, emphasized the excitement of this farewell show, which included guest appearances from Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Ronnie Wood and many more.

Here’s a look back at how each of them Last waltz guests have left since that fateful night in San Francisco.

‘The Last Waltz’: Where are they now?

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