Posted in music on April 17, 2012

Levon

This hearbreaking message is posted on Levonhelm.com:

Dear Friends,
Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey.

Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration... he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage...

We appreciate all the love and support and concern.
From his daughter Amy, and wife Sandy

Levon was scheduled to play Wellmont Theater in NJ earlier this month but cancelled that day due to back injury. Originally announced as a postponment, Levon later announced that the show would not be rescheduled. Rolling Stone points out that "This past Saturday evening Robbie Robertson sent "love and prayers" out to Helm." We are all doing the same.

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Comments (43)

i want to vomit, this is awful, awful news

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 4:18 PM

immense loss

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 4:19 PM

Fuck Cancer

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 4:19 PM

So awful. Such a legend.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 4:19 PM

horrible horrible news.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 4:20 PM

this makes me so terribly sad

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 4:20 PM

Ah Fuck!

WHAT A LEGEND THOUGH!

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 4:21 PM

Legend. One of the best drummers from that era.

Posted by Sad | April 17, 2012 4:21 PM

I just got a tear in my eye. What a true legend. Very happy I got a chance to see him live before. Hearing Levon sing/ play The Weight and Long Black Veil is a highlight I will always remember. Keep up the fight!

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 4:22 PM

Does 'final stages' mean he isn't going to make it? Or that he is about to overcome the cancer?

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 4:26 PM

Never made it a ramble. Saw him play a few times and have always been blown away by his rhythm. Its a sad week.

Posted by Othy | April 17, 2012 4:28 PM

final stages means "any day now" RIP this is an incalculable loss to American music

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 4:28 PM

Made countless people happy with his timeless talent.

Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2012 4:30 PM

Sad

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 4:30 PM

truly truly heartbreaking. i love you levon.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 4:31 PM

Aw, man...


"Does 'final stages' mean he isn't going to make it? Or that he is about to overcome the cancer?"


That's what I was wondering as well. But then I saw the word "heartbreaking" and figured it was the latter. Although the first paragraph of the letter (and maybe a bit of the rest of it) would have you think otherwise.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 4:35 PM

video.pbs.org/video/2208170210/

i love you levon. thank you for making my life better.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 4:38 PM

Sad day....I hope Robbie and Levon were able to settle their differences.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 4:43 PM

changed my life. not only one of the greatest drummers... one of the greatest voices.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOi0tC00Luc

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 4:53 PM

the ramble was one of the most enjoable musical experiences of my life. full on comraderie. will be sorely missed.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 5:04 PM

4:19 is a douche bag

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 5:11 PM

"Fuck Cancer"

Douche

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 5:11 PM

^How could saying "Fuck Cancer" possibly make anyone a douche? Wouldn't most people say "Fuck Cancer"? What would you prefer..."Hooray for Cancer"?!? Geez.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 5:21 PM

"Fuck Cancer" is a common expression used by people living with cancer. It's become sort of a mantra. Totally acceptable.

Posted by M | April 17, 2012 5:33 PM

All my prays.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 5:37 PM

He's put up a hell of a fight thus far, and hopefully he can pull it out again.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 5:49 PM

was lucky enough to attend a ramble. It stands as the greatest musical experience of my life. Will be greatly missed.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 5:49 PM

Amazing voice, thoughts and prayers...

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 6:57 PM

We saw you in Woodstock show at your studio. My brother does artwork for you. We love you! We are so sad..a legend and kind, generous man, you will not be forgotten.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 7:21 PM

:-<

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 9:49 PM

love you so much Levon! Never met you but you've been a major inspiration in my life. BEST WISHES X INFINITY

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2012 11:11 PM

terrible news

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 8:08 AM

never got to attend a ramble, but so glad i finally saw him at summerstage last year. sad news - one of the greats.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 8:19 AM

in travels, at shows, or just discussing music with new faces - many times people mentioned levon's rambles as one of their fondest musicical experiences. im sorry i never made it to one, but his music lives on.

sending much love.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 8:33 AM

Knockin' On Heaven's Door seems like the appropriate song for this sad occasion. Go well Levon... Richard Manuel and Rick Danko are waiting to play with you again buddy.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 9:04 AM

"How could saying "Fuck Cancer" possibly make anyone a douche? Wouldn't most people say "Fuck Cancer"? What would you prefer..."Hooray for Cancer"?!? Geez."

I think this has already been answered, but I'll explain.

Whenever you hear of someone having cancer, the mood is alomost always emotionally distraught. The word "fuck" generates an air of hostility. Even if it is directed at an appropriate target (in this case, the cancer), emotions are very delicate and touchy regarding something as life-destroying as cancer. So because people's minds are clouded by their emotions, they cannot think too straight and thus, semi-involuntarily resort to a knee-jerk response of equal hostility because of a natural response from their defenses.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 9:31 AM

Really sad news. Grateful I got the chance to see him play at summerstage last year.

One of my favorite live performances ever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDnlU6rPfwY
Yeah yeah, you know I sure wish I could yodel...

Posted by Gordon Zola | April 18, 2012 10:22 AM

This is so sad! Your music will live on to bring happiness to countless generations. Keep up the good fight!

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 10:50 AM

Godspeed Mr.Helm.Saw you last year @SOLID SOUND IN North Adams,MassMoca. fantastic set,the highlight of the festival.May God bless you and your family.The Band 4ever.

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2012 3:22 PM

This is so sad! Your music will live on to bring happiness to countless generations. Keep up the good fight!
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4:19 is a douche bag

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Posted by Christopher Moore | December 29, 2012 1:49 AM

levon has the most amazing smile

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