Originally Posted by Douglas
I'd heard of The Band casually and I recognize a few of their songs. I just find this general outpouring of love for the drummer a bit poseurish. I mean, I can name like 5 drummers from any band, and this includes bands I really enjoy. Futureman (because the Flecktones were my fave group for like 10 years and, well, his name is freaking "Futureman"), Ringo, I think Larry Mullen is the U2 drummer, Phil Collins (because he's Phil Collins), and the guy from the Conan O'Brien show. Max Weinberg, that's it.
Listening back to a few of their songs yesterday I guess I could hear that the drumming was pretty darned good but it seems like this happens every time some semi-obscure band that the self-appointed cognoscenti have determined is vastly underappreciated loses a member, and everyone pretends like they knew his name before they read the articles.
Pissing me off: "Your call is important to me." WTF? Why does everyone insist on saying this in their voicemail now? Including my freaking wife?
This may be one of the times where your chronic cynicism does not serve you
. The Band is not semi-obscure. And Levon, in particular, experienced a real revival over the past decade. He began holding "Midnight Rambles" at his barn in Woodstock (bi-weekly shows with special guests) and everybody who is somebody in music showed up. It started as a way to pay his medical bills but became wildly popular...some of the Rambles sold out months in advance. Donald Fagen was a regular, and I know some recent guests were Mumford and Sons, Ray LaMontagne, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, etc. His fan base is essentially a cult and that's because there really was something magical about his performances; I've been to a lot of concerts but none topped Levon's. Always felt like a big family gathering. Yeah yeah, I know this sounds maudlin, but it's really true. You'll find that anybody who has been to his shows will agree with that sentiment.