Sad, sad, sad. I'd always planned to see him perform, but alas. He was still performing shows a couple weeks ago. Anyway, one of my all time favourites - both vocally and instrumentally.
Levon Helm, icon of Americana music, 'in the final stages of cancer' | World news | guardian.co.uk
Levon Helm, the revered multi-instrumentalist and singer for the group the Band, is in the final stages of cancer, according to his family.
A heartbreaking note appeared on the musician's website Tuesday announcing that he is terminally ill:
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
Helm was scheduled to play Wellmont Theater in New jersey earlier this month but cancelled due to a back injury. At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, former bandmate Robbie Robertson sent "love and prayers" out to Helm.