Credit: Danny ClinchHere’s some cool news regarding The Last Waltz 40 Tour, the tribute trek celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Band‘s historic 1976 farewell concert, which winds down with three shows this week. One of the legendary Americana group’s two surviving members, keyboardist Garth Hudson, will be taking part in two of the trek’s final three dates — on Thursday in Albany, New York, and Saturday in Washington, D.C.
The 79-year-old Hudson played keyboards, saxophone and other instruments with The Band, and was considered an essential contributor to the group’s unique sound.
As previously reported, The Last Waltz 40 Tour’s lineup includes former Doobie Brothers singer/keyboardist Michael McDonald, ex-Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, acclaimed producer/bassist Don Was, country artist Jamey Johnson, Dirty Dozen Brass Band drummer Terence Higgins and avant-jazz keyboardist John Medeski, among others.
Each concert has featured performances of most of the songs that were played at the original Last Waltz concert, which was held November 25, 1976, at San Francisco’s Winterland venue. The Band performed with an amazing lineup of guest artists that included Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Neil Diamond, Ronnie Wood, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Paul Butterfield and others. The show was documented for the acclaimed concert film directed by Martin Scorsese, as well as a three-LP live album.
Tickets to the tribute tour’s upcoming performances can be purchased at LastWaltz40Tour.com. Here are the final dates:
2/2 — Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
2/3 — Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury*
2/4 — Washington, D.C., The Theater at MGM National Harbor
* = Garth Hudson won’t appear at this show.
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