Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame was in Woodstock Monday afternoon to attend rehearsals for Wednesday's "Love for Levon" concert at the Izod Center in E. Rutherford, N.J.
Waters on Wednesday will join Gregg Allman, John Mayer, Joe Walsh from The Eagles and many other musicians during a tribute concert in honor of Levon Helm, a long-time Ulster County resident who died April 19. Helm is a Grammy winning solo artist and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Band.
Waters on Monday was at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, where rehearsals for Wednesday's concert were also held on Saturday and Sunday. Waters was joined in Woodstock by G.E. Smith, who performed with him recently on "The Wall" tour.
Helm, along with fellow Band members Rick Danko and Garth Hudson, were featured performers in a massive concert of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” that Waters staged in 1990 in Berlin. And Waters earlier this year told radio personality Howard Stern that is a big fan of Helm's 2007 CD, "Dirt Farmer."
Don Was, who has worked with the Rolling Stones and Johnny Cash, and part-time Woodstock resident Larry Campbell, were at the rehearsals at Levon Helm Studios all three days. Was and Campbell, who was music director for the Levon Helm Band, are co-music directors for Wednesday's concert.
Tickets for the "Love for Levon" show are on sale now and cost $46.50 to $221.50. The Izod Center is part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex in E. Rutherford, N.J.
Proceeds from ticket sales will, according to www.levonhelm.com, "help support the lasting legacy of Levon Helm by helping his estate keep ownership of his home, barn and studio, and to continue The Midnight Ramble Sessions."
Helm's Midnight Ramble house concerts, held at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock from 2004 to this year, attracted sold-out crowds on a consistent basis, as well as guest performers that included Elvis Costello, Ralph Stanley and Emmylou Harris. Hudson, Bromberg and Potter have all performed as guests at the Midnight Ramble.