Flyer for The Last Waltz Tribute
Last night I went down to our local theatre to attend The Last Waltz Tribute rock concert.
Here is the blurb from the Mill Theatre website
“Presented by ‘THE GROUP’, a piece band and full brass section. ‘The Last Waltz Tribute’ is a re-enactment of the farewell concert by Bob Dylan’s ‘The Band’ as filmed by Martin Scorsese in the documentary ‘The Last Waltz’ which was hailed as one of the best rock music films of all time. It started as a concert. It became a celebration – and one of the best loved music films of all time! Now Dublin rock’n’roll troupe The Group are bringing The Band’s magical farewell concert back to the stage with this fantastic re-enactment of Martin Scorese’s award-winning documentary, The Last Waltz. Scorese’s fantastic film captured the friendships, the harmonies, the hijinks, and the wear and tear that added up to The Band’s final gig. But it also showed some of the finest performances in modern music history, as special guest stars (including Emmy Lou Harris, Ronnie “The Hawk” Hawkins, Joni Mitchell and Neil Diamond) took to the stage to say goodbye to the Canadian rock giants. And this fantastic 30th Anniversary Tribute show promises to recreate all the buzz, excitement and stunning showmanship of the original. Starring The Group themselves as The Band (naturally!) and featuring a whole host of special musical guest-stars, this fantastic evening promises to be a real treat for fans of The Band – and anyone else who loves good-old fashioned great music!”
Well, I found it quite an experience. Not to my taste I thought -and the first half certainly wasn’t. Very loud of course but with no point to it that I could discern. Shouting, almost screaming into the microphone. At intermission, I wondered whether I should go home. But a person I knew from church came along, we looked at each other rather sheepishly, had a laugh, and decided I might as well stay as in the 2nd half Bob Dylan (an imitation thereof) was due to come on. (Incidentally my friend told me his wife was at The Electric Picnic which is where most Irish rock fans were this weekend – they certainly weren’t at The Last Waltz – the audience was pretty thin on the seats.)
I was glad I stayed. In the 2nd half, the band seemed to shift into another gear, and the audience as well. It just all picked up and became quite enjoyable. We were all rocking away, waving our arms, clapping, singing, etc. And those pseudo amusing characters from the 1st half took on a new life as they came on in their different roles. I even put down my knitting to rock with the best of them.
Here’s a clip from it on youtube.