Over 40 years ago, The Band hosted a historic night of music to bid their fans a fond farewell. In those 40 years, The Last Waltz has achieved near-mythical status, as the band hosted an unbelieveable list of musicians for the occasion. Naturally, on such a milestone anniversary, an unbelieveable lineup of modern musicians, including Warren Haynes, Michael McDonald, Don Was, Terence Higgins, John Medeski and more, toured in honor of the famed Last Waltz performance.
After spending weeks on the road, The Last Waltz 40 tour pulled into The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD for the grand finale. The show was made even more grand by a number of guest appearances throughout the night, including keyboardist Ivan Neville and singer Cyril Neville. Though no Nevilles were present at the original Last Waltz performance, the New Orleans connection certainly stems from Allen Toussaint, who composed the scores for the featured horn section.
The guests didn’t stop there, as Bob Margolin joined in for a series of blues covers in the second set. Margolin lent his hand to “Mannish Boy,” “Kind Hearted Woman Blues,” and “Further On Up The Road,” a testament to his years playing with the blues legend Muddy Waters. The show concluded with an extended sit in from keyboardist Garth Hudson, who wholeheartedly performed in The Last Waltz as a member of The Band. Hudson made his first appearance on the tour just two nights prior, but he was right at home for the finale, joining in for a total of five songs – including the final two from the second set and the three song encore.
Watch some videos from the show below!
“The Shape I’m In,” courtesy of Tom Libera.
“Life Is A Carnival,” courtesy of Tom Libera.
“Ophelia,” courtesy of Tom Libera.
“Who Do You Love?” ft. Cyril Neville, courtesy of rangersdcfan.
“Mannish Boy” ft. Bob Margolin, courtesy of rangersdcfan.
“Genetic Method / Chest Fever” ft. Garth Hudson, courtesy of rangersdcfan.
“The Weight” ft. Garth Hudson, courtesy of rangersdcfan.
The setlist, as well as a full gallery courtesy of Mark Raker Photography, can be seen below.