Posted in music | tour dates on December 16, 2008

Last Waltz

"One Saturday, I went to the Regal Cinema in Union Square to see the reissued The Last Waltz, Martin Scorsese's film documenting The Band's star-studded final performance at the Winterland Ballroom in 1976. I came out of the theatre energised by the music and performances of The Band, and Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan.

What struck me about the movie is how much fun the musicians were having. I began to understand music as being a fun thing, and started to miss playing with people. I missed the fingers on the strings, the buzz in the amplifiers. I was ready to date, but guarded against falling in love." [Craig Finn]

Read Craig Finn's whole NYC story at The Independent. Check out the Hold Steady's latest tour dates (no NYC though), below...

The Hold Steady - 2009 Tour Dates
Jan 15 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues (Cubs Charities event)
Mar 31 - Albany, NY @ Valentine's *
Apr 1 - Buffalo, NY @ The Tralf Music Hall *
Apr 2 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin College Fine Arts Center *
Apr 3 - Urbana, IL @ Illini Courtyard Cafe *
Apr 4 - Bloomington, IN @ Jake's Nightclub *
Apr 6 - St. Louis, MO @ The Gargoyle *
Apr 7 - Iowa City, IA @ Picador *
Apr 8 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown *
Apr 10 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater *
Apr 11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
Apr 13 - Reno, NV @ The Underground *
Apr 14 - Stateline, NV @ Harrah's Tahoe South Shore Room *
Apr 15 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's Night Club *

* w/ The War on Drugs

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Comments (32)

effin' A right, the last waltz is that good.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2008 2:56 PM

Gotta assume they'll be adding Coachella to that schedule...

Posted by CN | December 16, 2008 3:11 PM

they're playing VALENTINE'S?? egad, memories...

Posted by yoga | December 16, 2008 4:02 PM

worst band of all time. ever

Posted by steve | December 16, 2008 4:15 PM

The Hold Steady is shite.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2008 4:20 PM

craig finn may have been ready to date, but really, who would date him? men? fat women?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2008 4:40 PM

Why all the Hold Steady hate?
After seeing them live, I am sold on them.
And I love their albums.

Posted by Kurt C. | December 16, 2008 4:45 PM

Hootie with a pen gone wild. Cheeseballz.

Posted by Nes | December 16, 2008 4:55 PM

all the hate because no one likes bar bands except suburban 50 yr old parents

Posted by steve | December 16, 2008 5:04 PM

"all the hate because no one likes bar bands except suburban 50 yr old parents"

thank you for speaking for everyone dumbass

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2008 5:11 PM

5:11 -- don't be mad because you're a 50 & lifting a pitcher of old milwaukee in tribute to bad Roots n Roll.

You're sweating in your B.U.M. Equipment sweatshirt.

You just ate half a bowl of chili.

Posted by Twigs | December 16, 2008 5:17 PM

I love The Band. They are one my favorite bands. Aside from a few stellar performances and great direction, Fuck The Last Waltz.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2008 5:37 PM

what's wrong with eating a half a bowl of chili?

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2008 5:38 PM

At a recent show at Terminal 5, Craig Finn said it was a Drive-By Truckers show at Bowery Ballroom in 2002 that inspired him to start the band.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2008 5:41 PM

i wanna tell my story but everyone on the train gets up and goes to another car.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2008 5:48 PM

I like the Hold Steady.

There, I said it. And I am 29 years old.

Vintage B.U.M. Equipment sweatshirts sell for $90 at Beacon's Closet in Williamsburg. No. Really.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2008 6:16 PM

love the Neil Diamond pic. Turn on your heartlight!

the Hold Steady have written more good songs than the Band did. They should wear funny hats like Rick Danko though.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2008 6:29 PM

i just ate a half a bowl of chili. i'm gonna eat the other half later.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2008 6:40 PM

Joni was so sexy in that flick.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2008 7:01 PM

"the Hold Steady have written more good songs than the Band did."

You are an imbecile.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2008 8:04 PM

I like the hold steady. bitches

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 7:59 AM

Neil has never owned any B.U.M. Equipment, but with a wardrobe like that, he has never needed to.

Posted by chris gaines | December 17, 2008 9:29 AM

Really can't stand this band.

"
Subpoenaed in Texas, sequestered in Memphis
Subpoenaed in Texas, sequestered in Memphis

I think she drove a new Mustang
I guess it might be a rental
I remember she had satellite radio
I guess she seemed a bit nervous
Do you think I’m that stupid?
Well look, what the hell, I’ll tell my story again …
"

thats some deep shit right there

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 9:43 AM

I thought the story was that they wanted to make money, so they started a band that would make money.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 9:46 AM

I'm glad he's skipping NYC.

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 10:07 AM

Here's some Hold Steady lyrics.

"Half a bowl of chili
out on by the interstate
we were so alive then
stacy in the backseat,
singing the praises of the night
bobby holding his crotch
belching out some burger air

Yeah, teenaged anthem
feel the night in your hair
this is my story
listen to my valuable story of the night"

Posted by Twigs, Fuckin Twigs | December 17, 2008 10:12 AM

yea...the thing is that...a lot of people saw the last waltz...a lot of people were inspired by the band + neil + bob + joni....a lot of people aren't good at making music (ahem) which is a talent undoubtedly possessed by those mentioned a moment ago...

i like the band, does that mean you should pay to listen to me?

Posted by Danko | December 17, 2008 10:18 AM

Talk all the shit you want about Hold Steady, The Band and B.U.M. Equipment, but leave that innocent half eaten bowl of chili alone!

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 10:40 AM

fuck chili

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 10:56 AM

nothin wrong with chili. or the hold steady. but to say they wrote more great songs than The Band is just dumb.

Separation Sunday is awesome tho

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2008 3:57 PM

Are you kidding? I'd date Craig Finn in a heartbeat.

Posted by g-a | January 12, 2009 5:01 PM

I love the hold steady, I'm only 15. They rock, end of discussion.

Posted by Ryan | September 23, 2009 10:32 PM

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