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Published: 2010/11/25

Arlo Guthrie to Play the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Carnegie Hall

Arlo Guthrie’s name has been synonymous with Thanksgiving since the singer/songwriter released his landmark album Alice’s Restaurant Massacree in 1967. The album’s title track is an anti-war story set against the backdrop of Thanksgiving. “It’s one of those unintentional accidents of nature,” Guthrie says of his association with the holiday. “But, if you had to get stuck to a holiday, it could be worse than Thanksgiving. For that reason alone I’m pretty thankful.”

Guthrie has his own tradition of headlining New York’s Carnegie Hall each Thanksgiving weekend, and this year he will perform at the historic venue on Saturday, November 27. The songwriter will be joined onstage by his children Abe and Sarah Lee Guthrie, the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and other special guests.

In addition, Guthrie will perform on a float during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade later today. “I haven’t been in a parade for many years,” Guthrie quips. “The last time was in Pittsfield. This oughtta be fun! See you there or on TV.”


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Sarah November 25, 2010, 10:47:23

LOVE YOU Arlo! wanted to tell you, there is another little Arlo in this world. In honor of you! Have a blessed day… :)

Dave Rogers November 25, 2010, 14:13:58

Happy Thanksgiving! Alice’s Restaurant has been a happy part of my Thanksgiving celebration for many years. The song has generated a lot of great memories for me and friends over the years. Peace!!

larry severns November 25, 2010, 14:22:50

i recently attended your preformance in Monroe
Wi. I had a great time .stuck in the woods for
all these years i was so thrilled when i heard you’ld be preforming near bye.keep up the thing that you do Iwas not disapointed at all only
wish it had not taken 35 yrs to come about
thank s again
larry severns

Hal November 25, 2010, 18:37:35

I missed Arlo in Yellowstone 20 years ago, but I was too young to get into the bar. Now i’m an alcoholic and can’t find my way to the ticket office anyway…...jk..Happy Thanksgiving.

Kim November 25, 2010, 21:24:17

I was a little shocked when I met a young man the other day and we got to discussing litter and an envelope underneath a pile of garbage and I asked him whether he had ever heard of Alice’s Restaurant and when I heard, when I heard that he had never heard of Alice’s Restaurant, then I knew that we our failing to properly educate the youth our our nation.

justaguy November 26, 2010, 03:14:38

“We had never heard of a dump closed on Thanksgivin’ and, with tears in our eyes, we headed off to look for another place to put the half-ton of garbage. We didn’t find one….”

Rick November 26, 2010, 02:47:05

Every thanksgiving I disappear from the cooking and bustle and head out to the garage and listen to Alice’s restaurant by myself. If the house was on fire, my family knows to leave me alone til I return. If the weather is nice, I listen while I’m riding my Harley. I’ve been doing it since…1967? Holy shit, that’s a long, long, time. I know I’m not alone thanking you, Arlo, for all those years of what’s become a Thanksgiving tradition for millions of us. Hope I’m still here to hear it next year.

gb November 26, 2010, 03:22:31

So Arlo, It was a bit offensive to hear “this land is yoru land” espeically on Thanksgiving. Maybe in the background you could show pics of Native’s being massacred. I know your father was a great performer. But please it is 2010. And to wear a pendleton jacket when performing the song..I have always been a huge fan of yours. Maybe you could think things through a bit. This land was stolen and murdered for, to sing this jubilant song is like sticking your finger in the wound. ...maybe a gun shot with a child screaming inbetween phrases would do….
Of all the people who would realize the wrongful apartheid we live in …I backed your issue sin the 60’s as our issues, how about some reciprocity.

Adolph Hilter November 26, 2010, 06:35:35

Hey GB, Why don’t you shut up? IF Arlo wants to sell out by riding in the Macys parade then let him. As for stealing the land nonsense and all that crappola about the “Natives”...hey, they’re running casinos and they’re drunks. Wow. What a legacy to live up to!

Glands 1 November 26, 2010, 06:37:07

Hey. You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant. And I got Alice. I did her on the grill.

Miss Chris November 26, 2010, 07:49:30

It was like hearing from a favorite uncle, my bun-bun making was put on hold while I stood with flour everywhere to listen. lots of memories, like the old outhouse with the handmade sign “implements of destruction”(it held all the hoes and rakes)or the time Mom said we could get anything we want and mybrothers and I automatically reply “at Alice’s restaurant”. Thank-you for many years of growing up and the reminder.

Tom Wilson November 26, 2010, 07:50:21

I am a truckdriver. Late @ night when I have many miles to drive before morning drivers act goffy and get into fights on the C.B. radio to help stay awake. SometimeI grab the mic and say “You can get anything you want @ Alice’s Restaurant.” Then another driver will say “except for Alice.” On a night when there are a lot of Arlo fans around we dang near sing the whole song…...“So walk right in it’s around the back…just a half mile from the railroad track….”

Faith November 26, 2010, 08:00:26

1970 (something) Philadelphia Folk Festival looked you in the eye standing against the stage you stood on(my hair was long dirty blond and curly with bangs..sort of like yours…lol) and I screamed…“I LOVE YOU ARLO!!!”...You caught me just as I screamed it and I almost died…lol…I am now 52 and still your #1 fan!!! of my sons is named after you…..You were and will always be a great influence in my life and a great comfort as you and your music remind me of when life was a little slower drifting me back to sitting under the ol weeping willow watching my horses play as I blew a tune on my harp…and smile…Thanks, for ALL the great memories…You ARE THE BEST!!!!

Faithless November 26, 2010, 08:04:52

Wow Faith, it sure sounds like your life has been really… oh , I don’t know… meaningless and empty if you name your kid after a “B” side singer who sells out in his older age. BTW, I named my twins after Arlo. The boy is named Huntington and the girl is Chorea. Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Archifriend November 26, 2010, 08:32:29

WOW Faithless, I find your comment to be HEARTLESS. Don’t care for the HD joke too much being that my mother had Huntington’s. I haven’t read too comments on here but I imagine the HD community is speaking up.

Andy Shane November 26, 2010, 08:47:08

I saw Arlo perfom Alice’s Restaurant in 1978 in PA. He plucked the first few notes,saying he hadn’t played the song live in 10 years. We all got on our feet and he said “You all better sit down, this is a long song.” My own part of history! Thanks Arlo.

Jeannie Regan November 26, 2010, 09:22:56

Arlo, Thank you for your amazing music. You are a national treasure, my friend. “Alice’s Restaurant” was a tradition in my family growing up. My dad was a cop, and no one liked this song better. He would turn up the song, faithfully played each year by a Boston station, and smile from ear to ear. It’s still a tradition for us. Love ya!

John November 26, 2010, 09:44:30

Arlo Guthrie….it’s a chilly, late summer morning in 1973…walking to work at 5:30 AM…I carried a small portable transister radio with me to listen to music while a walked the 30 minutes to work…and then, almost every morning, the station playist had City of New Orleans..every time I hear that song it triggers that memory…

S L November 26, 2010, 10:15:53

gb coaI’m part american indian, learn your history before europeans got here, most indian nations were fighting each other for land hunting grounds capturing each others women. It was a simpler life but it wasn’t easy. I’m saying its better but the world changes. SO STICK IN YOUR EAR

Arnie November 26, 2010, 10:22:22

After I saw the movie Alice’s Resturant,I went to Woodstock,Mass,Alice’s was closed,and her church was boarded up. Such is Life.

kj November 26, 2010, 12:28:55

I have been a fan of Arlo’s music and Alice’s Resturant and this was the first year I didn’t find a radio station playing the song. Many years ago I was in Otis Mass and I met his son who was hanging around with my neices.

Stardust313 November 26, 2010, 13:29:01

I feel that these days, “tradition” is merely a word in the dictionary…..not something many people pratice any more. I think it’s because it takes too much time away from the lives their running away from! That being said; my 20 yr. old son can’t wait to hear Arlo on Thanksgiving. It prompts stories of past Thanksgiving…stories of the Grandparents that have passed. But the highlight is when we call my therapist and leave a message of ( what else?) a chorus of Alice’s Resturant. Just like the song sez!!!! It’s a silly song, with a LARGE message at the time, and who does it hurt? I think more folks need to remember HOW we got here and lighten up!!! Merry Christmas!! Just cuz it’s faux pas :)

eric November 26, 2010, 13:31:49

why does everything have to be so serious ! ( the )song is just plain fun and i dont know a single person who has ever turned it off when it got air time !!

SS November 26, 2010, 13:44:07

Great song and Arlo is a fantastic story teller just like his dad, but all that commie/leftist shit has got to go.

T November 26, 2010, 13:50:47

I joined my folks for a trip to some relatives about an hour’s drive away as I have done for the last twenty-five years. Being that I recently got a copy of Arlo’s “Best Of” album on CD from the late ’70s, I thought I’d bring it along for the trip and we listened to it on the trip.

Mickey McGuire November 26, 2010, 14:03:06

GB I am a native American and I have no problem with the songs that were written by Woody Guthrie it has been MANY years get over some of this political crap

Rick November 26, 2010, 14:10:22

Hello , im writting , after seeing you ( on tv ) at the macys parade..altho they cut part of “this land “ to show sponge bob , or what ever..the reason im writting , my dads middle name was Arlo , and my brother named his ( now 7 yr old son) Arlo as well….hope to see you in LA , next time your here …thanks for the music

William November 26, 2010, 16:18:17

1st I have tremendous respect for Arlo and thank him for being 1 of the people who helped shape my view of the world.Hey Gb read the lyrics to This Land is your Land. the last v chorus contains this lyic.This was your land the last verse has to do with unemployment and the depression times like now get a clue before you shoot off your mouth also I agree with you about Native Americans what was done was wrong but if your going to condemn please also condemn those native Americans who gladly sold other tribes to gain an advantage wheter ill concieved or not and mr adolph Your cruel stupid comments about Native American Peoples are ignorant and vile you certainly chose the right name for your user name although in your case I’d call it a useless name I would guess skinhead would be a better name for you but I guess you got the attention you needed.Arlo is a folk singer and bringing attention to that music genre is important and by riding in that parade he may have generated interest in it So I say you go Arlo!

Susan November 26, 2010, 16:51:30

They used to play “Alice’s Resturaunt” on our local radio station here in Detroit on WRIF back in the 80’s and early 90’s.. I really miss them doing that.

david November 26, 2010, 17:20:35

couldn’t they at least let him do 4 bars of alice’s restaurant…

rich November 26, 2010, 19:55:33

Arlo your song has always been a part of my family’s Thanksgiving, we’d put on wnew in N.Y. at 12 noon and 7 pm to listen to Alice. If my brother in law and I hadn’t been together by either miles or yet by noon we’d call each other as soon as Alice started to play. He and my dad have past but a special part of the holidays come back when I hear that song, got to see you on Long island on Thanksgiving during the late eighties, love all you and your dad have done. God bless.

Rich November 27, 2010, 00:39:37

Riding in a parade is selling out? It’s been 44 years, guys, give Arlo a break. There’s exactly one local radio station cool enough to play Alice’s Restaurant on Thanksgiving and it is a godsend. When I was 18, there actually was a little diner in the back of a nicknack/farmers’ market that I used to hang out in. Guess what the proprietor’s first name was? Go on, you’ll never guess

noel bearking November 27, 2010, 00:52:32

it’s difficult to identify an individual’s impetus toward polarization, yet there is no shortage of zealots to keep the flames roaring. mr. hitler’s diatribe as to the living up to legacies is appropos. i spent 23 yrs. in prison and the dregs of society never missed an opportunity to abuse the poor whiteboys. if this is mr. hitler’s impetus toward vitriolic rhetoric then perhaps a sympathetic ear might be in order… i’m a ‘skin from ft. yates n.d.,it’s heartening to see such comments of support, perhaps some hands-on support might go further in ameliorating the tough circumstances confronting natives. not all natives enjoy profitable cash buffaloes as iterated by our esteemed correspondent. usually an interstate and a large off REZ population to sustain a semblance of profitability to support tribal programs is needed. i hope this helps mr. hitler and others to understand. please forgive me, this was all about mr. guthrie’s art and i hate to admit that i have detracted from that. in closing i wish all of you native americans(?) would come back to the REZ, a few hands might be unable to move that which many hands can easily do. come on get your hands dirty!

louise November 26, 2010, 23:54:57

So cool that he is listed as the No. 1 Trending Now on Yahoo… ahead of Sarah Palin. Maybe he should run for president instead. Love you, Arlo. But you know that.

Richio November 27, 2010, 13:49:42

Pittsfield! You mean Gt.Barrington never invited you?Oh that’s rite,They don’t have parades.(LOL)

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The last time was in Pittsfield. This oughtta be fun! See you there or on TV.”

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c. croft December 6, 2010, 14:57:25

Where did Arlo get the native jacket he wore in the Macy’s parade. Any one know?

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