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The Last Waltz

The Last Waltz

Thu Nov 24th, 2016

Doors open: 8:00pm
Entry: R18


On Thanksgiving Day 1976, The Band took the stage for the very last time at the Winterland Theatre in San Francisco. The concert, aptly billed as The Last Waltz, has become one of the most revered performances of all time. For the show, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, and Robbie Robertson were joined by an all-star group of music pioneers, including Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, and Neil Young, among others. The evening was captured on film by director Martin Scorsese. Released theatrically in April 1978 to critical acclaim, The Last Waltz is still considered by many to be the greatest concert film ever made.

The 40th Anniversary Edition (2-CD) – will include the original soundtrack with newly remastered audio from the original master tapes on two CDs. Alongside the release, The Last Waltz 40th Anniversary Concert Tour will reunite two of the creative lynchpins of the landmark event for the first time: the Bands keyboard genius Garth Hudson and their music director John Simon.

Both will perform live on stage in New Zealand this November, carrying the spirit of those unforgettable performances of 40 years ago, and sharing stories about the monumental task and seemingly effortless delivery of a gig that has passed into rocknroll folklore.

The Anniversary concerts handpicked rock ensemble will feature some of Aotearoa’s most seasoned and revered players, led by the Warratahs Barry Saunders, blues guitar giant Kevin Borich, Canadian expat Tami Neilson, country journeyman Delaney Davidson, the Easterns Adam McGrath, and more. Theyll be backed by The Bads (Brett Adams and Dianne Swann), Dave Khan, Mike Hall, Wayne Bell and very special guest Paddy Milner.

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