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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Levon Helm - singer and drummer with influential US group The Band - has passed away.
Musician Levon Helm has died.
The singer and drummer with influential US group The Band - who famously backed Bob Dylan in the 60s - passed away today (19.04.12), two days after his family announced he was losing a battle against throat cancer.
His family said in a statement: ''Levon passed peacefully this afternoon.
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Former The Band drummer Levon Helm has filed a lawsuit against a New York advertising company following the commercial use of his group's song THE WEIGHT.
Helm - who received a royalty payment for the use of the track in the advert - is requesting further information about BBDO Worldwide's profits from the mobile phone TV campaign, because he believes he has not received adequate compensation.
He says, "It was just a complete, damn sellout of The Band - its reputation, its music; just as much disrespect as you could pour on Richard and Rick's tombstones."
The Band's vocalist Richard Manuel passed away in 1986, while bassist Rick Danko died in 1999.
Unfortunately, the Band's music didn't have much influence on the way future music would develop. But The Last Waltz, a concert film of the Band's 1976 farewell performance, remains an essential artwork. The film is a reminder that while they lasted, the Band (guitarist Robbie Robertson, drummer Levon Helm, keyboardists Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel, and bassist Rick Danko) was as good as any group in rock history.
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