Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and The Band.
here’s another beautiful thing from 1970:
Fabulous. Canada’s greatest band. I saw Rick Danko in Windsor around 1990 at that old theatre on Erie Street -The Centre? -He was pretty drunk, but it was still a great show.
VERY beautiful. Of my favourite Van songs. Thank you Mike.
My sisters and I were there too Michael – have we talked about this? Yes, the second half of the show, thanks to Colin Linden, was great. My sister Jane – who wasn’t a huge Band fan, dragged Cathy and I (huge Band fans) upstairs to meet Rick after the show. He was a gentleman – a drunk gentleman, but…
Wow cool! I thought Colin Linden was first…do you recall the year exactly? You met met him?! *Jealous*….I remember it was a really frigid night. My girlfriend and I walked there from Church Street, but she insisted we take a cab home, it was so cold.
Yes, Linden was first – but then he came out again during Rick’s set, because of the drunk thing. He saved it, helping him do The Weight and others. As I recall, the half of the audience that stayed were brought to life by Linden.
It was funny – we made my sister Jane come – she wasn’t the Band fan that Cathy and I were, but we made it a ‘sister night.’ Cathy and I were feeling kind of sad because of Rick’s state. Jane (always a bit of an upstart) disappeared after the show, and then came down and dragged Cathy and I upstairs to meet Rick. A couple of the people up there made some piggish remarks, but Rick showed class – was kind and chatty (as much as he could in his state) with us. I think he died a year or so later (?).
And yes Mike, it was bloody cold! I came to live around the corner, but at the time lived out on Texas Road…
Ok I forgot that he came on to help Rick out. Yeah it was soon after that he passed on. Poor ol’ Rick. One of my heroes.
Rick’s last show was at the Ark in Ann Arbor, I had considered going but was aware of poor performances recently and decided not to.
Here’s a sad description of that final show, sorry Jen, not a beautiful thing…
Yes, well it was really sad seeing him that way – not beautiful, true. But it was very beautiful to see the way the half of the audience that stayed, and a couple of muscians rallied around him and it pulled him together somewhat. A beautiful testament to what he had come to mean to people, to what his music had done for them.
It would be a difficult thing to witness and there is nothing more beautiful than the support of someone in that situation.
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