A whole bunch of people performed 'The Weight' at the Grammys last night | Rock Candy

Monday, February 11, 2013

A whole bunch of people performed 'The Weight' at the Grammys last night

Posted By on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM



So Elton John and Mavis Staples and T-Bone Burnett and a whole lot of other folks sang The Band's classic hit "The Weight" at last night's Grammys ceremony. It was that part of the night when they pay tribute to those who died the year before, which includes Phillips County native Levon Helm, who passed away April 19.

"The Weight" is, of course, pretty much unimpeachable. It's as good a representation of late '60s rock 'n' roll as you'll find. That said, hearing other people play it sure drives home just how inimitable The Band, and particularly Helm, really were. Other performers recorded good versions of it, but few of them come close to capturing the weariness, the longing and the beauty of the original. When The Band played it, it became timeless and otherworldly.

Note: Staples got way into it there at the end.

Tags: , , , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Robert Bell

  • The legacy of Clunk

    On the lasting ripple effect of Chris Selby's Clunk Music Hall.
    • Jan 5, 2017
  • A Q&A with Pallbearer

    Little Rock’s leading harbingers of doom return with a new album, “Foundations of Burden.”
    • Aug 21, 2014
  • Thursday To-Do: KEN mode

    You've got to figure that a band from frozen-ass Winnipeg is just gonna be way gnarlier and tougher than a band from some sun-kissed tropical clime where people wear tank tops and flip-flops year-round.
    • Feb 6, 2014
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Coming Monday: Little Rock Black Restaurant Week

    MoTown Monday is Ceci's Chicken and Waffles. Tasty Tuesday is Sims BBQ and Brewster's Soul Food Cafe. Wing Wednesday is Chicken King and Chicken Wangs. Soul Food Thursday is Lindsey's BBQ and Hospitality House and Food Truck Festival Friday is @station801. It's the first Black Restaurant Week.
    • Mar 8, 2017
  • New music from Isaac Alexander

    New music from Isaac Alexander.
    • Jul 14, 2017
  • No Small Talk Ep. 8: Katy Henriksen, Springs Arts preview

    A packed episode this week of "No Small Talk": a chat with Katy Henriksen, from Of Note on KUAF; Stephanie Smittle breaks down the Spring Arts issue; and we finish up with just a tiny bit of Oscar chatter.
    • Mar 9, 2018
 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation