40th anniversary of The Last Waltz

Rising to prominence as Bob Dylan’s backing band and key collaborators, The Band soon became a hugely influential act in their own right. With their string of hugely acclaimed albums in the late 60s and early 70s, as well a performance at the legendary Woodstock festival, they inspired such contemporary acts as Eric Clapton, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Elton John. On November 25th 1976 The Band performed their farewell concert at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco which featured such special guests as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris and Van Morrison. The concert was immortalised as ‘The Last Waltz’ by famed director Martin Scorsese and is often hailed as one of the greatest concert films ever made.