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The Band never really played big concert tours.
by Levon Helm

The Band never really played big concert tours.
We never sold millions and millions of albums.
- Levon Helm

Lord, when the song wants to pick up and go a little faster towards the end,
it's hard for me to resist.
- Levon Helm

There were no rules, other than that the song should
sound good and be fun to play.
- Levon Helm

The way to do it is to put as much life into the song as I can.
You can either get it to breathe or you can't.
- Levon Helm

 

If you give it good concentration, good energy,
good heart and good performance, the song will play you.
- Levon Helm

My dad and I played music.
He teaches me a song or two every time I'm home.
- Levon Helm

Forever Young, by Dylan, is one of my favorite songs.
- Levon Helm

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The rock star stuff never came up for us.
The Band was never attacked by groupies before,
during or after any show that we ever played.
- Levon Helm

Well, somebody's got to sing.
They won't hire you unless you sing.
- Levon Helm

When the second record came out, they started calling it The Band.
I voted to call it The Crackers.
I'm no fool.
- Levon Helm

The crowd is just as important as the group.
It takes everything to make it work.
- Levon Helm

You can either make it come around or you can't.
By the time we would be ready to record a song,
we would know for sure that it was the best way we could do it.
- Levon Helm

We're all dealt with the same hand here,
so to speak.
I feel like I've had it a lot better than most people.
I've had the opportunity to travel and play music all my life.
- Levon Helm

Most of our stuff was trial and error.
You live with a tape recorder, you turn it on,
you play the song and you listen to it.
- Levon Helm

Anytime I switch to another instrument,
I immediately turn it into another kind of drum so
that I can understand it better.
- Levon Helm

I never subscribe to the stay-at-home policy.
I'm not sick of the road or sick of eating in good
restaurants around the country.
I like to travel.
- Levon Helm

Don't we all want what's best for each other?
- Levon Helm

I love horns, and the bigger the band,
the better it sounds to my ear.
- Levon Helm

A friend of mine took me to Memphis advised me that
I should get in the musicians' union.
He gave me a set of drums and said, Stay on the job,
son.
- Levon Helm

Conway Twitty was always our local hero while I was growing up.
He had a series of good bands.
I wanted to sit in, if Conway would let me.
And he did a couple of times.
- Levon Helm

Dad and mom would have preferred that I be a doctor,
a lawyer, a scientist, or a great humanitarian.
- Levon Helm

If you pour some music on whatever's wrong,
it'll sure help out.
- Levon Helm

The Jungle Bush Beaters didn't last too long as a group,
but we had a pretty good time while we did.
- Levon Helm

I've had all the lessons I could get.
I've learned from everybody I've ever met.
- Levon Helm

If you feel like you're getting into a rut with a song,
a night off usually fixes it.
- Levon Helm

We all love musical architecture; there's no doubt about that.
- Levon Helm

Drums usually seem to tune themselves.
- Levon Helm

With horns and a full rhythm section,
the drums always looked like the best seat in the house.
- Levon Helm

I don't fool with a lot of things that I can't have fun with.
There's not much reward in that.
- Levon Helm

I like walking on the edge.
- Levon Helm

If things are going slow, I'm itchy.
- Levon Helm

I played some Yamaha drums that I like a lot.
And I like the Yamaha people a lot too.
They've been really nice to me and The Band.
- Levon Helm

Good times don't last long sometimes.
- Levon Helm

Drums just always sounded like the most fun part of that good music for me.
- Levon Helm

I like to get within handshaking distance of the crowd.
If it happens, they know it, we know it,
and that's all we came here for.
- Levon Helm

I was in high school, trying to get out of high school.
The only thing slowing me up was grades.
- Levon Helm

By the time The Band did The Last Waltz,
the chemistry had changed, and it wasn't a thrill anymore
to live that studio kind of life.
- Levon Helm

Just start dancing and the band will find you.
- Tama Kieves

The man who can't dance thinks the band is no good.
- Polish Proverb

All we are is dust in the wind.
- the band Kansas

In a band that works out well, everybody has a certain role to fulfill.
- Gavin Rossdale

Christ: I dislike him very much.
Still, I can stand him.
What I cannot stand is the wretched band of people
whose profession is to hoodwink us about him.
- Samuel Butler

Ibrahim tells his story without a grain of complaint,
and this was true for all of the band members.
This is very much part of the Cuban spirit and soul.
- Wim Wenders

I decided we should book ourselves, so I started booking the band.
- Ruben Blades

It was mind-blowing.
It was a small place with 2,000 standing-up tickets.
It's great to have your band back and working and playing again,
people have been so generous.
- Andy Taylor

There's no substitute for live work to keep a band together.
- Keith Richards

When you're up against an electric band like that,
it's like you're on two separate planets.
- Keith Jarrett

While I was into many different types of music,
and played with many different local groups,
I really didn't have a band to call my own until Dire
Straits was formed in 1977.
- Mark Knopfler

Had I joined a straight rock band, I'm sure my drumming
would be a little bit different right now.
- Jimmy Chamberlin

I really feel there's no limitation on what this band
can do in the studio or on the stage.
That's an empowering feeling - that we can bring a song to life.
- Ben Harper

I think there is always room for a timeless sounding rock band like us.
- Steve Brown

For a young band about to make a record,
make sure you get the vocals right.
- Jerry Harrison

This is funny because I just had a job over the summer for VH1,
a project I did called Strange Frequency where I got
to play a Goth rock band singer.
- Charisma Carpenter

It was my band.
I organized the band and Dizzy was in the band.
Dizzy was the first musical director with the band.
Charlie Parker was in the band.
But, no, no, that was my band.
- Billy Eckstine

To me, I'm for a band whose forefront is the music.
- Phil Anselmo

My other family is Fleetwood Mac.
I don't need the money, but there's an emotional need
for me to go on the road again.
There's a love there; we're a band of brothers.
- Stevie Nicks

Lawyer acted without authority from our band.
He had no right to sell the Wallowa country.
- Chief Joseph

I thought I'd do something nice for the band...
I'll hang myself.
- Jason Newsted

In S Club I played a role in a band,
but now I can go off and be me -
My horizon's wide open now.
It's scary and it's daunting, but it's an absolute thrill.
I feel brand new!
- Rachel Stevens

To me, there is nothing better than me going into the
studio with a live band and hearing those violins and
that echo and that sound.
I mean I loved it.
- Bobby Vinton

I really believe that we're a studio-based band,
and I have always thought that.
- Josh Silver

There were some situations where I was giving up everything
I had for the band and I just expected everybody else to feel the same way.
I realized I was just kidding myself.
- Jerry Only

Just about every year, Congress passes another crime bill -
spending billions of dollars to build more prisons,
to place more band-aids on society's scars.
- Carrie P. Meek

I grew up mostly with classical, big band,
and a lot of Irish music - I really didn't start listening
to rock and roll until I was maybe sixteen.
- Moira Kelly

My love for the band is still there.
It hasn't changed, maybe that's why it's so painful these days.
- Roger Daltrey

That's why it's called Sebastian Bach.
I mean, it's a permanent band, pretty much,
but if I jam with other people, it just makes a better album,
I think.
- Sebastian Bach

And the White Album is important to me for different reasons.
One - I had left the band on the White Album.
- Ringo Starr

We had no sleep or days off or anything like that and then,
when the band became big, Hendrix became a star and looked down at us lot.
- Noel Redding

No one person could have broken up a band,
especially one the size of the Beatles.
- Yoko Ono

We're a pop art band.
Not a pop band.
- Chris Stein

My job is not babysitting people; my job is focusing
on making the best band I possibly can.
- Jerry Only


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