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Bob Dylan and Bernie Taupin respond to Levon Helm's death

Bob Dylan, who recruited Levon Helm and The Hawks to be his backup players, turning them into The Band, responded Friday morning with a statement following Helm's passing:

"He was my bosom buddy friend to the end, one of the last true great spirits of my or any other generation. This is just so sad to talk about. I still can remember the first day I met him and the last day I saw him. We go back pretty far and had been through some trials together. I'm going to miss him, as I'm sure a whole lot of others will too."

The message was posted on Dylan's official web site.

Dylan brought Helm and his band to Woodstock around 1966 after the singer suffered a motorcycle accident in Ulster County. While recovering, Dylan and the newly christened The Band rehearsed songs that became "The Basement Tapes," while The Band developed material that became its debut album, "Music From Big Pink."

Dylan and The Band would hook up around 1974 for a run of albums and a tour, "Bob Dylan and The Band."


Bernie Taupin, Elton John's songwriter and the band who penned the tune "Levon" (named after Helm), wrote this remembrance on his website:

"The first time I heard Levon Helm's voice was in a small record shop on Berwick Street in Soho London sometime around 1969. What was it like? Paul on the road to Damascus!

"Oh, I guess I just want to say all these things about the earth and granite of his being, the raw Appalachian timber of his voice and the powerful sway of his backbeat. The throb of his tom-toms the first time I heard 'Tears Of Rage' and that wicked, knowing smile recounting tales of Carney barkers and backwater medicine shows. I'm thinking about him behind that economical kit, the way he hunched his shoulders and turned into the mike like a coiled spring when he sang.

"He was one of three great singers in The Band, three of the greatest singers in any band, and the last of those three to leave us. What other band under God's great Heaven gave us a trio of such eloquent and awesome sonic tools? Richard Manuel had an otherworldly voice, ethereal and legitimately spooky in the best way possible. Rick Danko, with whom I spent some questionably manic moments and cerebral hours and whom I loved dearly, sang like an unfettered young buck, all tremulous beauty and with poignant longing. Anyone doubting this just listen to his vocal on 'It Makes No Difference' from the 'The Last Waltz' soundtrack, one of the best live vocal performances I've ever heard."

Read more here:


Posted by bathroommonkey76 | Fri Apr 20, 2012, 02:53 PM (3 replies)

Judge: Race 'significantly' influenced inmate's murder trial

Fayetteville, N.C. — A Cumberland County Superior Court judge made history Friday morning when he commuted a death row inmate’s sentence in the first test of North Carolina’s fledgling Racial Justice Act.

Superior Court Judge Greg Weeks ruled that race significantly influenced jury selection in Marcus Robinson’s 1994 trial in the 1991 shooting death of a white 17-year-old, Erik Tornblom.

The ruling means Robinson, a 38-year-old black man, will be taken off death row and will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Weeks said Robinson's attorneys "presented a wealth of evidence showing the persistent, persuasive and distorting role of race in jury selection in North Carolina."

More here:


Why didn't he get a new trial? What the hell?
Posted by bathroommonkey76 | Fri Apr 20, 2012, 02:06 PM (0 replies)

Levon Helm dead at age 71

Source: recordonline.com

Levon Helm, Woodstock resident and drummer, the former leader of The Band, has died at age 71.

Helm died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

"We lost Levon at 1:30 today surrounded by friends and family and his musicians have visited him," said Larry Campbell, Helm's longtime guitarist and band leader. "As sad as this was, it was very peaceful."

Campbell, who has played with everyone from Bob Dylan to BB King, said his greatest honor was not only helping lead Helm's band, but knowing him.

Read more: http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120419/ENTERTAIN/120419640
Posted by bathroommonkey76 | Thu Apr 19, 2012, 03:17 PM (33 replies)

In Facebook post, Robbie Robertson writes of visiting Levon Helm

After decades of not speaking with each other, former Band guitarist Robbie Robertson and former Band drummer Levon Helm, who is dying of cancer, shared the same room over the weekend.

Robertson, a former Woodstock resident, posted his message on his Facebook page this afternoon:

"Last week I was shocked and so saddened to hear that my old band mate, Levon, was in the final stages of his battle with cancer. It hit me really hard because I thought he had beaten throat cancer and had no idea that he was this ill. I spoke with his family and made arrangements to go and see him.

On Sunday I went to New York and visited him in the hospital. I sat with Levon for a good while..., and thought of the incredible and beautiful times we had together. It was heartwarming to be greeted by his lovely daughter Amy, whom I have known since she was born. Amy’s mother, Libby Titus, and her husband, Donald Fagen, were so kind to help walk me through this terrible time of sadness. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Sandy.

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Levon's family has been reading the online dedications to him; if you want to offer up a message then you can post it on his Facebook page. May love and light bless him as he crosses over.

Posted by bathroommonkey76 | Wed Apr 18, 2012, 01:45 PM (9 replies)

Warren Buffett Cancer: Berkshire Hathaway CEO Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer

Source: Huffington Post

Famed billionaire investor Warren Buffett has been diagnosed with stage-1 prostate cancer, according to Bloomberg TV. Berkshire Hathaway, the firm where the 81-year-old Buffett is CEO, said the diagnosis "isn't remotely life threatening."

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/17/warren-buffett-cancer-prostate_n_1432689.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003
Posted by bathroommonkey76 | Tue Apr 17, 2012, 05:08 PM (9 replies)

Levon Helm in 'Final Stages' of Battle With Cancer

A very sad note just appeared on the website for Levon Helm, the drummer-singer of the Band. "Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer," says the note. "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."

Read more here:


Levon's website:

Posted by bathroommonkey76 | Tue Apr 17, 2012, 04:24 PM (24 replies)

Secret Service Scandal Investigation Involves Brother Of GOP Senate Candidate

Source: Huffington Post

Former agent and current Maryland Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Dan Bongino spoke out Monday about his former colleagues at the currently scandal-plagued U.S. Secret Service. The agency is facing scrutiny over allegations that agents brought prostitutes back to their Colombia hotel during the president's visit to the country last week.

The Secret Service announced later Monday that it had pulled the top security clearance of 11 agents and uniformed division personnel over the incident.

Bongino said Monday on NBC's "Nightly News With Brian Williams" that the scandal "was devastating to me along with the fraternity of Secret Service brothers out there."

Bongino went on to call the incident "a national embarrassment."

But the GOP senate candidate concluded on a more sympathetic note. "I know everyone in the case," he said. "I'm not apologizing for anybody's behavior ... But lives are changed permanently. The ones I've talked to -- their families are just beaten up by this."

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/17/secret-service-scandal-gop-senate-candidate_n_1431488.html
Posted by bathroommonkey76 | Tue Apr 17, 2012, 02:05 PM (21 replies)

Woodward Struck By Tornado, Reports Of People Trapped

Source: KTUL

Woodward -

Spotters say a tornado has struck Woodward, leaving heavy damage and reports of people trapped inside collapsed homes and apartment buildings.

The tornado formed around midnight in Harper, Ellis and Woodward counties and rapidly moved to the northeast and was described as a "large and dangerous" tornado.

The Woodward News reports on its Twitter feed that there are power lines down, reports of people trapped in collapsed homes in area of 34th Street and Oklahoma Avenue, reports of houses destroyed on Cheyenne Drive and people covered by debris, working to start rescue efforts.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokesperson Keli Cain has reported several injuries, but the severity of those injuries was not known. Search and rescue efforts are underway.

Read more: http://www.ktul.com/story/17454084/midnight-brings-new-tornado-warnings-in-western-oklahoma

You can also watch the News9 live stream here:


Keep these people in your thoughts and prayers.
Posted by bathroommonkey76 | Sun Apr 15, 2012, 02:11 AM (6 replies)

Woodward, Oklahoma is going to need your help.

There have been a lot of updates coming up on Twitter about the Woodward tornado. It looks and sounds devastating.

Woodward, Oklahoma live Twitter feed:


News 9 live stream:


Posted by bathroommonkey76 | Sun Apr 15, 2012, 01:44 AM (6 replies)

Shell reports oil sheen in central Gulf

Source: Fuel Fix

Federal officials are investigating reports of a light oil sheen in the central portion of the Gulf of Mexico.

Shell Oil reported the light sheen to the government’s National Response Center Wednesday, but said in a statement that the company had “no current indication” that it originates from the firm’s nearby wells. The source of the sheen is unclear.

The sheen is located between two existing oil production sites — the Mars and Ursa projects — about 130 miles southeast of New Orleans. Shell operates both projects, but BP has a working interest in the Mars field. BP, Exxon Mobil Corp., and ConocoPhillips each have working interests in the Ursa project.

Shell said in its statement that it has mobilized an oil spill skimming ship — the Marine Spill Response Corp.’s Louisiana Responder – “out of prudent caution.”

Read more: http://fuelfix.com/blog/2012/04/11/shell-reports-oil-sheen-in-central-gulf/
Posted by bathroommonkey76 | Wed Apr 11, 2012, 06:58 PM (13 replies)
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