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Levon Helm To Be Honoured With New York Road Name


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Late rocker Levon Helm is to receive a permanent memorial in his adopted New York as officials move forward with plans to rename the road to Woodstock in his honour.

The Band legend passed away last year (12) at the age of 71 after a battle with cancer, and local authorities plan to remember him with a special tribute.

Politicians have drafted legislation to rename a road in Woodstock, New York, where Helm lived, worked and held his famous Midnight Rambles gigs.

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Elton John To Play Tribute To Levon Helm


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Sir Elton John and Mumford & Sons will pay tribute to The Band's Levon Helm at the Grammy Awards.

An all star line up including T-Bone Burnett, Zac Brown, Mavis Staples, and Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard will pay tribute to the musician, performing a version of his band's 'The Weight' at the awards on Sunday (10.02.13).

The drummer and singer - who was part of the influential group who backed Bob Dylan in the 60s before going on to have their own career - lost his fight against throat cancer last year (19.04.12) aged 71.

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Elton John To Perform Grammys Tribute To Levon Helm


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Sir Elton John will remember his late pal Levon Helm at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (10Feb13) by performing one of the musician's tracks with Mumford & Sons.

The Band rocker lost his battle with cancer last April (12), and John, who named his first son Zachary Jackson Levon in honour of his friend, will take to the stage with the group in his memory.

T-Bone Burnett, Mavis Staples, Zac Brown and Alabama Shakes star Brittany Howard will also team up to perform Helm's The Weight at the event in Los Angeles.

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan Not Happy With His Levon Helm Tribute


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Watchmen star Jeffrey Dean Morgan hopes fans of The Band don't turn on him when they hear his awful rendition of the late Levon Helm's signature turn The Weight in new movie Peace, Love & Understanding, insisting he begged film director Bruce Beresford to consider an alternative.

The actor croons the song with co-star Catherine Keener and accepts it's a terrible way to remember Helm, who died in April (12).

He tells WENN, "It was horrible. I think we butchered the song. Neither of us are probably the most musical people. We love music, but talent-wise you're looking at the bottom of the talent bowl!

"That was the most nervous I've been doing a scene in a long time. We were both wrecks. Bruce insisted that we do it but I was kind of hoping that somebody would just loop it."

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Robert Pattinson Is With 'The Band'


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Twilight star and teen heart-throb Robert Pattinson has reportedly signed up to star in a biopic about the rock group The Band, according to an interview the actor gave for French magazine les inRockuptibles.

The legendary band were especially prolific in the late 60's and 70's, recording such hits as 'The Weight' during their time together. The Band was founded by musicians Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson and was famed for their numerous performances alongside Bob Dylan, as well as working with Van Morrison, amongst others, from time to time.

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Bruce Springsteen Pays Tribute To Levon Helm At Concert


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Bruce Springsteen paid a touching tribute to tragic The Band singer/drummer Levon Helm at a gig in his native New Jersey on Wednesday night (02May12) with a rendition of the late rocker's classic tune The Weight.

The Boss took a moment during his concert at Newark's Prudential Center to remember Helm, who lost his cancer battle last month (Apr12).

Springsteen told fans, "He was one of the greatest, greatest voices in country, rockabilly and rock & roll... Levon's voice and drumming was so incredibly versatile."

He then led a sing-along of The Band's iconic hit, which Helm wrote and sang.

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Levon Helm's Last Recording To Benefit Amnesty International


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A previously unreleased Levon Helm song is set to hit stores to raise funds for Amnesty International.

The track, called Toast to Freedom, was one of the last tunes the rock icon recorded before his death last month (Apr12).

It will be available as a digital download from Thursday (03May12) and all proceeds will benefit the human rights organisation.

The Associated Press reports Helm recorded the song at his home studio in Woodstock, New York with friend and producer Larry Campbell. The track features vocals from Ewan MCGregor, Kris Kristofferson and Carly Simon.

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Levon Helm To Be Buried Next To Bandmate Rick Danko


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Rocker Levon Helm will be laid to rest next to late bandmate Rick Danko in a Woodstock, New York cemetery.

A private funeral will be held on Friday (27Apr12) - a day after friends and fans will get their chance to pay their final respects to The Band drummer, who died last week (ends20Apr12).

Helm's family have opened up the barn where Helm staged his Saturday night Midnight Ramble concerts for a public memorial.

Danko, The Band's singer and bassist, died in 1999.

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Levon Helm Memorial To Take Place At His New York Home


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Friends and fans of late rocker Levon Helm have been invited to a public memorial service for the star at the home where he staged his Midnight Ramble concerts.

The Band musician lost his battle with cancer last week (19Apr12) at the age of 71 and he will be remembered in a tribute at his barn in Woodstock, New York on Thursday (26Apr12), before a private funeral on Friday (27Apr12).

Fans are invited to join the memorial and shuttle buses will run to the venue from three locations in Woodstock throughout the day.

A statement posted on Helm's official website reads, "Levon's friends & fans are invited to pay their final respects on Thursday, April 26, 2012 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at his home/studio in Woodstock... Thank you, all, for your kindness and respect for privacy during this very emotional time."

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John Fogerty Joins Black Keys For Helm Tribute At Coachella


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John Fogerty surprised fans at Coachella over the weekend (20-22Apr12) by joining The Black Keys on stage for a tribute to late rocker Levon Helm.

The group headlined the second weekend of the California music festival on Friday (20Apr12) and during its set, the rockers introduced the former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman to honour The Band star Helm, who lost his cancer battle the previous day (19Apr12).

The Black Keys singer Dan Auerbach called Helm "amazing and inspiring," before performing a cover of The Band's 1968 song The Weight with Fogerty.

Punk rockers Refused also made a public tribute to the star at the festival by taping a banner reading "Rip Levon Helm" to their bass drum, while rock group Dawes covered another The Band song, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, during their Coachella set.

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Outside Ed Sullivan Theatre For The 'Late Show With David Letterman'

Levon Helm, David Letterman and Ed Sullivan Theatre Sunday 19th July 2009 outside Ed Sullivan Theatre for the 'Late Show With David Letterman' New York City, USA

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Levon Helm, David Letterman and Ed Sullivan Theatre
Levon Helm, David Letterman and Ed Sullivan Theatre
Levon Helm, David Letterman and Ed Sullivan Theatre
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