Thanksgiving Big for Farewell Shows [VIDEOS]
Most of the time when a band plays their final show, nobody knows that's the last time they're gonna play. Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, Thin Lizzy and many others unknowingly played final shows. Others such as The Who and KISS have been working the 'Farewell Circuit' for decades. Motley Crue and The Scorpions mapped out huge final tours. Some groups make plans.
On November 25, 1976 one group played their final concert and invited the biggest names in rock 'n roll to join them. They also fed 5,000 folks Thanksgiving dinner. The Band wrapped things up on that night and it was all captured in the wonderful Martin Scorsese-directed film "The Last Waltz."
The list of guest stars is impressive. Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, former boss Bob Dylan and many more. Most performances were top notch, though Neil Young looked as though he had been celebrating since the previous week. When they were editing the film for release, Scorsese reportedly had to use some film trickery to remove the giant chunk of cocaine that was dangling from his nose. It was 1976.
It truly is one of the best rock concert films made and if you haven't seen it yet, this would be a good weekend to put it on. The music is stellar. For today's Brizz Record Bin, I pulled a couple of performances out because it's Two for Tuesday. It was hard to pick only two.
Tomorrow, we look back on another famous Thanksgiving farewell.