Levon Helm, drummer and backing singer for '70s rock band The Band, passed away earlier today. Originally the backing group for Bob Dylan and other musicians, The Band (as they started calling themselves) began releasing their own material and produced such classics as "The Weight" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." Their 1976 farewell concert served as the basis for Martin Scorsese's concert documentary The Last Waltz, and it (as well as the live album of the same name) is a goddamn classic. Look it up now if you haven't already.
(And on the same day Greg Ham of Men at Work died, too. Sad day!)
Last Friday night at Coachella, the Black Keys brought John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival onstage to play "The Weight" in memory of the recent death of The Band drummer Levon Helm. Everyone who wasn't at Coachella suddenly became 100 percent more regretful that they couldn't make it.