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Published: 2012/04/16

Robbie Robertson Sends "Love and Prayers" to Levon Helm at Rock Hall Ceremony

Robbie Robertson sent “love and prayers” to his former bandmate Levon Helm during a speech at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday night. The remark has caused many fans to speculate about Helm’s health. Robertson and Helm have been at odds since The Band split in the late ‘70s—Helm’s feelings toward Robertson even pushed the drummer to sit out The Band’s 1994 Rock Hall induction ceremony.

Helm has been ailing for the past few weeks. The Band co-founder underwent a medical procedure earlier this year but was well enough to perform in March. Helm’s health was called into question once again last week when he postponed a series of shows due to a slipped disc in his back. Despite issuing a statement last week saying his health was otherwise “excellent,” Helm also cancelled his performances this past weekend. In other news, fans who purchased tickets to one of those postponed shows received a message stating, “Due to unforeseen circumstances, The Levon Helm band show slated for April 6th at The Wellmont Theatre, will not be re-scheduled. Levon and the band thank everyone for their continued support and are truly sorry for any inconveniences this may have caused.”

Helm’s high profile 72st birthday concert in Kingston, NY was also recently removed from his website. In addition, noted music talk show personality Matt Pinfield tweeted, “The [RnR HOF ceremony’s] memorial is starting now with who died this year and both Levon Helm of the Band and Robin.Gibb are on their death beds tonight” (though the legitimacy of Pinfield’s knowledge of Helm’s health has since been called into question).

As of press time, Helm’s camp has not issued any additional statements about the drummer’s health and the severity of his health issues are not known.

Click here to read the 2009 Relix feature on Helm.

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mary acton dauber April 18, 2012, 14:31:04

God bless Levon Helm, an awesome drummer with a crystal voice. Remember clearly and so loved the roosevelt stadium aug. ’73 show w/the grateful dead.
life is a carnival…
sending love, peace and healing to you, levon, and your family

Christian April 17, 2012, 13:01:43

Your the Rock of Ages Levon!!!!GODSSPEED.

scott acton April 17, 2012, 14:15:12

prayin for you levon. healing vibes to you my musical friend. levon i met at the old lone star in nyc many years ago. so nice to me a fan. band/grateful dead at roosevelt stadium 73 are musical memories that are very special.

Robert Burns April 17, 2012, 14:21:32

levon, you.re a lovely person ,a great singer a great drummer and i hope you get well soon i,m praying for you levon.

Dennis Cahill April 17, 2012, 16:13:06

I expirienced a wonderful back to back hit of Levon’s power as a musician and a special human being 3 weeks ago at the Tarrytown Music Hall
.
They screened “The Last Waltz” on Wednesday and, damn, did he kick ass!!! He played with his 14 / 15 piece (amazing) band on Friday night. He took the stage to a standing ovation which he recieved with a huge smile, his hand over his heart and a slight bow. He sat down and went to work and did what he always has done…gave us his all and filled the theatre and our hearts with love, energy and joy. What a man! Rock on, Levon !!

Steve Mojecki April 17, 2012, 16:45:32

from RollingStone.com: 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.” http://m.rollingstone.com/?redirurl=/music/news/levon-helm-in-final-stages-of-his-battle-with-cancer-20120417

Anita Mohler April 17, 2012, 17:19:22

Until you have listened to The Bands’ music,hopefully in your lifetime,you are truly missn’ out.When i hear an old song of theirs’,i am 19 again and luvn’ what i am hearing; no one has a voice like Levon! Lets all pray for Levon and his family .

Jim April 17, 2012, 17:27:17

Peace Levon ! For those lucky to attend a Ramble : blown away by your energy , integrity , hospitality

Levon fan April 17, 2012, 17:44:31

Here is the sad, sad news we hoped we wouldn’t hear. Dear Friends,
Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. 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… We appreciate all the love and support and concern.
From his daughter Amy, and wife Sandy

Jay April 17, 2012, 17:58:16

Levon Helm is the quintessential American musician. The Band’s music has always meant so much to me. Today it means that much more as I listen and think about how lucky I was to live in a time that had Levon Helm in it.

Rack April 17, 2012, 18:23:06

May the positive, generous spirit you embody come back to you now from all of us, Levon. So many thinking of you, speaking of you, praying for you. Ramble on — it ain’t midnight yet!

Bob Wright April 17, 2012, 18:28:09

I’m saddened by the news but lifted up by the music. Raise a toast to an artist and a gentleman.

adam April 17, 2012, 19:23:55

Levon, Amy, Sandy, Jay, Barbara, “The Levon Helm Band” and all of Team Levon,past and present, all best thoughts and wishes.. I love you all! Adam

Kurt April 17, 2012, 20:35:05

Levon’s music will live forever, hang in there Levon! Get well!

Ed Krasner April 17, 2012, 20:37:09

To one of the great musicians of our time…one of my favorite drummers, singers…from “The night they drove old Dixie Down”...you’ve been making the journey accross the widest river…and home is straight ahead.. ..we love you and will miss you… love to the family and all the great moments had….The message is in the music..you’ll live forever…

Rack April 17, 2012, 21:15:32

May the positive, generous spirit you embody come back to you now from all of us, Levon. So many thinking of you, speaking of you, praying for you. Ramble on — it ain’t midnight yet!

joe schrier April 17, 2012, 21:19:06

sad news for sure. saw the levon helm band feb. 27,2010 in atlantic city. good show dispite him singing only a few songs. check out my videos of show on youtube. jairaiharrison thanks for all the great music from BIG PINK

Noel Guiney April 17, 2012, 21:23:49

Get well, Levon!

t.gee April 17, 2012, 21:34:18

Cant think of a more respected musician than you, probably rock and rolls finest drummer and vocalist. God bless you and your family. Thank you for the pure joy you have given me and others.

carl jansen April 17, 2012, 22:40:11

EVERYTHING ELSE SHOULD BE PUT ASIDE.A great treasure is traveling the last steps of this particular life.Who cares about any of the other stuff?Peace and love and thanx LEVON.Our prayers and power is with you.Be safe

elle April 17, 2012, 23:01:08

Blessings and love to you Levon,artist extraordinaire
and legend … xo

carl jansen April 17, 2012, 23:03:30

Peace ,Love and Thanx Levon.May our power and prayers lift you up,like you did for us so many times.

robert gray April 18, 2012, 00:13:58

Thank You Levon.Didn`t know you personally,but you have played such a big part in my life…Going to miss you

Wayne Schafer April 18, 2012, 01:30:48

I had the privilege of seeing Levon twice, once with the Band and once with Ringo’s All Starr Band. Both great performances! I also loved his Dirt Farmer and Electric Dirt CD’s. What an amazing soulful voice. He will be missed by many many fans

norm leslie April 18, 2012, 02:41:22

At the other side of the world here in Australia, Levon brought a lifetime of joy to so many fans like me. Truly a giant. Condolences to his family.

JohnArmGuam April 18, 2012, 02:48:50

Thanks for making this world a better place Levon-
You’ve been a good friend to music lovers,
Go in Peace.
Lots of Love:)

Bob and Laurie April 18, 2012, 02:55:38

Several years ago my wife and I drove five hours to see and meet Levon in Batesville, Arkansas. The state was honoring him and he was recovering from throat cancer, hoarse and wasn’t singing. As we sat and talked with him he reached in his pocket and offered us a throat lozenge. That simple gesture spoke volumes to us about this incredible man.

Bob and Laurie April 18, 2012, 02:55:42

Several years ago my wife and I drove five hours to see and meet Levon in Batesville, Arkansas. The state was honoring him and he was recovering from throat cancer, hoarse and wasn’t singing. As we sat and talked with him he reached in his pocket and offered us a throat lozenge. That simple gesture spoke volumes to us about this incredible man.

Elroy Huckelberry April 18, 2012, 05:12:03

Get well Levon, we need you.

dick April 18, 2012, 07:04:10

safe home, levon

rac April 18, 2012, 07:22:54

Thanks for the music, Levon, just take it easy and go with the flow.

Miked49 April 18, 2012, 08:17:33

I’m praying for you Levon. I’m not very religious. But Maybe the man upstairs will listen to a” foxhole” prayer, and grant us all a miracle. God bless you Levon. I’ll see you in Woodstock!

caexley April 18, 2012, 10:08:15

I have shared “The Band” with my college students…of course they loved your voice and the depth you shared as they sang and danced “with you”... ...they have experienced what so many of us have…music that has become part of an era and has remained an incredible delight to hear over and over …We all love you, Levon….

daniel goodaker April 18, 2012, 10:09:04

The Band will live forever in my heart, thanks to you Levon. Please, please pray my dear fellow-musician that Jesus is in yours. God bless you and your family.

mauberley April 18, 2012, 11:26:15

One of the greatest drummers I have ever heard and a vocalist who had a soulfulness that belied his age. Thank you my brother. You are in my prayers as you prepare to make the long journey home.

Tim Bladon April 18, 2012, 13:05:47

Always enjoy your music and pray for your recovery. The Band lives forever.

John April 18, 2012, 18:55:36

Like so many people around the world, the Band and Levon have meant so much to me for so long and changed my life for the better all those years ago. God bless you Levon for being who you are and for giving all of us such enjoyment.

darth April 19, 2012, 17:06:04

even if levon leaves us he will always live on forever in our hearts and minds. just like richard and rick have since 86 and 99 respectively. lets be grateful we had levon all these years to sooth our savage breasts. we will miss u dear coalminer. peace be with u.

kathleen monarch April 19, 2012, 20:58:29

Thank you Levon for all that you gave to the world of music with your talent and generousity,
You are the real deal. To your beloved wife Sandy and your daughter..love and strength.

Larry D April 22, 2012, 10:38:28

The Band has been and will always be my favorite group. When they played the Night they drove old Dixie Down, they set the bar to high for anyone else, what a treat they were. Now there are only two left of that group, that makes me sad, may their songs and memories live on forever

The Kape (Brooklyn, NY) April 16, 2012, 09:28:59

thoughts and prayers are with you Levon!

Mike April 16, 2012, 09:53:22

Levon is a true treasure. You can feel his joy when you watch him play and see that big grin… illness has never changed that about him. It’s no wonder he’s as well respected as he is.

dingo April 16, 2012, 10:03:50

Pinhead is that fat bald asshole who sounds like dennis miller talking about music…
he was on Mtv for christ sakes
Love to you Sandy

Youngster April 16, 2012, 10:23:13

Sandy – it was one of the great joys of my life to see Levon perform at FloydFest a couple years ago. Don’t sweat what some music gossip has-been uses to fill the space between commercials. Nobody’s listening anyway.

Doug(Hunter NY) April 16, 2012, 10:23:59

Whatever the case may be – I send nothing but great vibes Levon’s way – because thats all he’s ever given me!!! Look forward to my next Ramble with Levon behind the red Gretsch drum kit. Love you Levon!!!

band fan April 16, 2012, 12:00:47

Robbie should send Kevin publishing royalty checks for all those songs Robbie took credit on instead of sending his ‘best’...

William Kelly April 16, 2012, 12:02:48

Love and healing thoughts to Sandy &Levon. You are both great human beings !!! Some of the best nights of my life have been at the Rambles

Band-forever April 16, 2012, 12:04:09

Get well soon…levon…coming from ohio to ramble this spring, chance to say hi again after ten years…then your voice was healing…this is the time of miracles.

Dave April 16, 2012, 12:25:20

Godspeed to you getting healthy Levon,@Sandy Helm,be strong,listen only to positive light :)

glenn April 16, 2012, 15:52:32

i read matt pinfield’s tweets and although it came across poorly it appears that his intentions were good. He has a lot of nice things to say and praises The Band. I just think it came out wrong. just my 2 cents. god bless levon.

Jimmy April 16, 2012, 16:07:12

To “band Fan”. Even in a time of illness and sadness there’s always a jerk / conspiracist in the bunch who has to bring up this long clarified “dispute” of credit. Give it a rest and pay some respect.

Brad April 16, 2012, 12:52:53

To Levon and Sandy, my heartfelt prayers, best thoughts, and most loving wishes.

drasticjasper April 16, 2012, 13:00:15

Get Well Soon Levon!

Keith McCarthy April 16, 2012, 13:12:26

Positive vibes for Levon and his family…He’s been through it all, I’m sure we’ll see him up there singing “Ophelia” again in no time!

Joni and Rob from Logstock April 16, 2012, 13:18:14

To Sandy, Amy and the entire Helm Family,
We send you all the love and healing vibes we can muster up . Take care of yourselves first and foremost, in any case Levon will have the strength of his many fans to guide him in peace, love, and harmony. Heal yourselves. The public can wait. We love all you do to give us the lights of your hearts through your music …. Bless you now and always
Joni and Robert praying

phil wright April 16, 2012, 13:25:41

Thanks to Sandy for addressing this washed up d-bag’s report. Stick to other MTV worthy news. Isn’t Kanye interrupting another disposable awards show or something? Jeez…..much love to Levon and family. Healing prayers your way. Come back when you are good and ready.

Virgil April 16, 2012, 16:13:09

Love Levon. Love Robbie. All the best. And deep condolences to the Helm family.

Robbie Rob April 16, 2012, 16:39:35

Robbie Rob is a scumbag.

Chris Smith April 16, 2012, 17:25:41

Thank you sandy for the Info God Bless you

christopher pauley April 16, 2012, 18:00:01

Thankyou Sandy for clearing things up. I hope he gets better soon. Levon is mine ,as well as many others favorite musician. He is a total class act. We are praying for him . I hope he recovers, and that fantastic band that he has ,gets entertaining us once again . Much love coming your way from upstate ,Ny
Get Well Levon!

Duh April 16, 2012, 18:23:32

Do you guys really think Levon’s wife wrote that post? I’m sure she has more important things to be directing her attention towards than a stupid message board. Get a clue!

Arkansas Lady April 17, 2012, 02:15:54

Prayers to you and all the family, friends and fans.

david desmond April 17, 2012, 06:16:36

I hope Levon is recovering. I saw him twice during Tour 74. He was great and Bob was great. Our departed friends Richard and Rick were wonderful. I love coming to Woodstock. I’m glad you are there instead of Los Angeles. I wish the Helm family the best and trust we’ll be seeing Levon up on stage soon. From Indiana.

Pat April 17, 2012, 08:37:40

God bless you Levon.

larry warmflash April 17, 2012, 09:59:08

Wishing Levon a speedy recovery.

RFWoodstock April 17, 2012, 10:04:50

The Band was and will always be Levon’s band no matter who “wrote” the songs. Can you imagine those songs without Levon’s vocals (Rick’s and Richard’s too)? It is great that Levon has received the credit he deserves over the last few years. Love you Levon. Get well.

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