This picture that has nothing to do with The Last Waltz
So, the other night, while snuggled up on the couch under a mass of comforter and Jack Russell Terrier, my husband and I watched The Last Waltz. Referred to by many as the best concert film ever made, The Last Waltz depicts iconic Canadian band — well… er — The Band performing in 1976 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Fransisco. Marking the end of their illustrious career, The Band are joined on stage by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Hawkins, Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Muddy Waters, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Wood, and Neil Diamond.
Anyway, the film also includes insightful behind-the-scenes footage and interviews that both break your heart and make you chuckle. Road-weary, strung out, and just down-right exhausted, viewers get a clear sense of why Robbie Robertson decided to call an end to it all. Stratford, Ontario native Richard Manuel’s drug use had become such that he barely makes sense during his brief interview appearances in the film. Heart-breaking indeed.
While watching the film, a photo I had taken quite some time ago kept popping into my head. It’s a shot snapped of Creepin’ Jeff Sheppard, formerly of The Matadors, during a 2006 performance at Foggy Notions. I have no idea why it crept into my thoughts during The Last Waltz. My brain is weird sometimes.
Maybe it’s because when my husband first looked at the shot, he told me it looked like a Scorsese movie. And Scorsese directed The Last Waltz.
Did I forget to mention that?
OK. Enough blathering on my part. Here’s the photo — still one of my favourite live shots. A shot that has absolutely nothing to do with The Last Waltz. But there you have it.