The Band's Levon Helm In The Final Stages Of Terminal Cancer

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  1. Magnificent Mr. Hole

    Magnificent Mr. Hole Well-Known Member

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    http://www.cinemablend.com/pop/Band-Levon-Helm-Final-Stages-Terminal-Cancer-41518.html

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    Levon Helm is the last remaining member of The Band. He’s also a great vocalist and an even richer drummer, affecting audiences during his time in The Band, but also later as a solo artist. The last album Helm put out was the Grammy award-winning Dirt Farmer in 2007. Unfortunately, any hopes another album could potentially be on its way are now impossible.

    Today, Helm’s wife and his daughter, Amy, took to the musician’s personal website to explain that Helm, who has battled cancer in the past, is now in the final stages of terminal cancer. The message was brief and heartfelt, touching on the things Helm loved and cared for most in his life.

    “Dear Friends, Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey. Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration... he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage...â€

    The 71 year-old has throat cancer, which was initially diagnosed in the nineties and caused him vocal problems for a number of years. According to Billboard, eventually the cancer settled out and Helm was able to sing again, although his voice took on a rasp that was not present prior.

    Ultimately, the news that Helm is extremely ill does not come as a true surprise, but it is an extremely sad day for fans of Rock and Roll and its legacy. It’s not too late to sit down with some tribute whiskey and throw on The Last Waltz
     
  2. Scott

    Scott Masshole Staff Member

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    There will be a reunion in the sky!

     
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  3. Scott

    Scott Masshole Staff Member

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    I think Robbie Robertson really fucked Levon over. And he contributed to the suicide of Richard. And of course he'll be the last one to die.
     
  4. boxers

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    " last remaining member"?! Man even the press hate Robbie
     
  5. doughhead63

    doughhead63 OD'd on life itself Staff Member

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    :facepalm::boohoo:

     
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    doughhead63 OD'd on life itself Staff Member

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    And, Garth Hudson is still alive
     
  7. crazypreacher

    crazypreacher Hey yo

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    Levon ! Get the table!
     
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    GHP New Member Banned User

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  9. HAL

    HAL HAM

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    thats a good one
     
  10. boxers

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    Whats this in reference to, please?
     
  11. EOMS

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    Yup. Ain't that turrible? Robertson completely screwed all those guys over. I loved The Band...until I read about them. I realized that RR took all the credit, took all the royalties and then broke the guys up while the band was in top form and the money was getting good. He's a pompous ass.
     
  12. Senator Rick

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    Wow -I agree so much with every one of your accusations.

    I'm so sad for Levon and what a fucked way to find out you're terminal -you go in for a routine check up only to learn the cancer's spread.

    Robbie got all of the credit but the real reason the Band worked so well was that they peformed as a unit.
    It was a group contribution not just the "mathematical guitar genius" * of Robbie Roberston.


    * "mathematical guitar genius" - Dylan famously praised him as "the only mathematical guitar genius I’ve ever run into who doesn’t offend my intestinal nervousness with his rearguard sound." http://webcache.googleusercontent.c...ki/Robbie_Robertson &cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
     
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    Really sad news. Levon's such a badass. The Band is one my favorites!

    Garth Hudson is amazing, btw. That nigga can play different melodies on each hand and play two piano/organs at the same time. And he has a huge, scary head.

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    what band?
     
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    Garth Hudson's hat would shelter 5 Beetlejuice sized heads from the rain.
     
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    saw the band at woodstock '94....they went on right before primus.....good times.....
     
  19. Magnificent Mr. Hole

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    I feel like I killed him. :(
     
  20. ChuckZ

    ChuckZ You're so pusillanimous, oh yea.

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    I think I seen him with Ringo Starr's band around 1990