The Last Waltz: The Band And Neil Young Perform “Helpless” As Part Of The Band’s Farewell Concert

On November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, The Band performed their farewell concert in front of 5,000 people — the concert became known as The Last Waltz. Directed by Martin Scorsese and including a plethora of famous friends and collaborators, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, and Ringo Starr, to name but a few, The Last Waltz came to be recognised as one of the greatest concert films of all time.

The concert featured ensemble performances of songs written and released not only by The Band, but also by the special guests. The following clip is of Neil Young — aided by The Band and Joni Mitchell — performing the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young classic “Helpless”. Martin Scorsese has admitted that a speck of cocaine on Young’s nose had to be edited out in post-production.

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