Robbie Robertson Set For 'The Last Waltz' Tour Finale In Nashville
Robbie Robertson will make his first live performance since 2013 this Saturday, November 23rd at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena when he joins the star-studded touring ensemble The Last Waltz Nashville: An All-Star Celebration of The Band’s Historic Farewell Concert. Among the high profile performers joining Robertson at the gig this weekend are Michael McDonald, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, and Darius Rucker.
The musicians will join the players for the closing night of the Robertson-produced show, which has been recreating "The Last Waltz" -- the Band's legendary Thanksgiving 1976 final performance at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom. The touring band includes Warren Haynes, Don Was, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson, John Medeski, Terence Higgins, Mark Mullins, and the Levee Horns. Also appearing at select gigs over the course of the trek have been Cyril Neville, the Radiators’ Dave Malone, and guitarist Bob Margolin.
The show's promoters have partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee for an on-site food drive. Concert attendees who bring non-perishable food will "receive a raffle ticket for each item they donate (10 tickets per person max) for the chance to win an exclusive autographed show poster by Robbie Robertson and other performers from the show. In addition, a portion of show proceeds will benefit Farm Aid and Thistle Farms."
Tickets are still available for The Last Waltz Nashville: An All-Star Celebration of The Band’s Historic Farewell Concert at LastWaltzNashville.com.
Robbie Robertson told us that although he's earned his "elder statesman" rock credentials -- he's always made a point to keep his eye on up and coming musicians: ["I'm enjoying, y'know, helping young artists find a way to get their music across in a special way. And, y'know, I'm of the school that, for stuff that you learned and what you know and your experience, if you don't pass it on it doesn't mean anything. So, this is a way for me to get off in that kind of way, that I feel like I am sharing something and it just hasn't been in completely selfish terms, so that's good."] SOUNDCUE (:26 OC: . . . so that's good)