Robbie Robertson will take part in a New Orleans tribute concert to the Band’s legendary farewell concert The Last Waltz with Warren Haynes, Jamey Johnson and special guests.
‘The Last Waltz New Orleans: An All-Star Celebration of the Band’s Historic Farewell Concert’, taking place on 2 May at the city’s historic Saenger Theatre, will also feature Don Was, John Medeski and Ivan Neville, plus members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bonerama and the Radiators.
“New Orleans has always been a special and influential place,” Robertson said in a statement. “I am honoured to continue the tradition of celebrating The Last Waltz with this extraordinary line-up in a city that has meant so much to me.”
The tribute show continues concert producer Blackbird Presents’ annual celebration of the famed 1976 live album. The company previously staged the two-night ‘The Last Waltz New Orleans: A Celebration Of The 40th Anniversary of The Last Waltz’ at the Saenger in 2016. In 2019, a similar line-up took ‘The Last Waltz Tour 2019: A Celebration of The Band’s Historic Farewell Concert’ on the road for 12 gigs.
Tickets for The Last Waltz New Orleans: An All-Star Celebration of the Band’s Historic Farewell Concert go on sale Friday, 6 March.
The Big Easy tribute show comes a few months after the release of Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, a feature-length documentary about the Rock Hall-inducted group.
Talking to uDiscover Music recently, Robertson says he believes the documentary, which is directed by Daniel Roher and has Martin Scorsese as executive producer, achieves what it set out to do: tell the fascinating story of The Band in an honest way.
“I am not only pleased with the documentary, I am really, really satisfied, because of how much emotion is in it,” Robertson said. “You watch documentaries on music people and I don’t like most of them. They are all the same to me. The fact that this was so moving, and that it really takes you inside the brotherhood that was in this group, is important. That part of my autobiography, Testimony, really came to life in the documentary. It was a fascinating process to see. It is so easy to get it wrong. The people we had doing the documentary and what everybody brought to the table is quite extraordinary. I am so happy with just how soulful it turned out to be.”