The Band’s Robbie Robertson Performs At The Last Waltz Nashville

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The Band guitarist Robbie Robertson performed at last night’s The Last Waltz Nashville: An All-Star Celebration Of The Band’s Historic Farewell Concert. The tribute event organized by Blackbird Presents also featured Michael McDonald, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Cyril Neville, Nathaniel Rateliff, Margo Price, Dave Malone, Bob Margolin and Darius Rucker, performing with a house band made up of Warren Haynes, Don Was, Lukas Nelson, John Medeski, Jamey Johnson, Terence Higgins and Mark Mullins & The Levee Horns.

Robertson discussed planning The Band’s original Thanksgiving 1976 farewell concert while speaking to the audience before introducing Harris (who contributed to the original Last Waltz film). Robertson later emerged near the end of the second set, adding guitar and vocals to “The Weight.” He stuck around as the rest of the cast of performers came out for a collaborative version of “I Shall Be Released.” Robertson was back again during the encore, joining in on the show-closing “Don’t Do It.”

Other highlights from Nashville included Emmylou Harris singing “Evangeline,” Harris and Michael McDonald singing “Helpless,” Nathaniel Rateliff singing “Caravan,” Ratliff and Jamey Johnson singing “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” Lukas Nelson singing “Forever Young,” Bob Margolin (who performed at the 1976 concert) playing guitar on “Mannish Boy” and Margo Price singing “Tears Of Rage” a cappella. Watch audience-shot video highlights from last night below:

The Weight Captured by Kelly K

Don’t Do It Captured by Lieke Schuitmaker

I Shall Be Released Captured by Vicki McCabe

Caravan Captured by whodatbabytn

Evangeline Captured by legendaryhour

Tears Of Rage

Setlist

Warren Haynes at Bridgestone Arena

  • Theme From The Last Waltz
Set 1
  • Up on Cripple Creek  
  • King Harvest (Has Surely Come)  
  • Stage Fright  
  • Georgia (On My Mind)  
  • Acadian Driftwood  
  • The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show  
  • Down South in New Orleans  
  • This Wheel's on Fire  
  • Who Do You Love?  
  • Life Is a Carnival  
  • The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down  
Set 2
  • Tears of Rage  
  • The Genetic Method  
  • Chest Fever  
  • It Makes No Difference  
  • Rag Mama Rag  
  • Caravan  
  • Helpless  
  • The Shape I'm In  
  • Mystery Train  
  • Mannish Boy  
  • Further On Up the Road  
  • Evangeline  
  • Ophelia  
  • Forever Young  
  • The Weight  
  • I Shall Be Released  
Encore
  • Such a Night  
  • Baby Don't You Do It