Levon Helm dead at 71
2012-04-20 by Adam Thomas STAFF | 43 Comments

Levon Helm, the iconic drummer and voice behind many of The Band's biggest hits such as "The Weight" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", succumbed to his battle with cancer early this morning. Although the original lineup The Band came to an end in 1976 (it survived on in various incarnations through the 1980's and 1990's), his music career was rejuvenated in the late 2000's with his albums Dirt Farmer and Electric Dirt securing Helm two Grammy's.

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2012

17204 Comments


A shitty rapper gets called out by a print rag and that gets posted instantly. One of the greatest voices in rock 'n' roll dies and sputnik doesn't give a damn. You people suck.

KjSwantko
April 19th 2012

9277 Comments


RIP

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 19th 2012

50116 Comments


Nobody cared when Jim Marshall died either

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Dev518
April 19th 2012

573 Comments


I just heard about this. The Band has always been one of my favorites and Levon Helm lived pretty close to my area so this is very sad news.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2012

31096 Comments


A shitty rapper gets called out by a print rag and that gets posted instantly. One of the greatest voices in rock 'n' roll dies and sputnik doesn't give a damn. You people suck.


Hey hey, Dick Clark died as well asshole. You think you got problems?


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Relinquished
April 19th 2012

24929 Comments


well redsky some people have jobs and family to tend to

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2012

17204 Comments


I felt bad for Dick Clark still being dragged out there every new years after he had his stroke. It was painful to watch.

@Relinquished: I was on the job at 4AM today soooooooooooooo yeah.

FruityCatOfDoom
April 19th 2012

2084 Comments


Redsky you have a badass avatar

deathofasalesman
April 19th 2012

5824 Comments


His avatar represents his new impatient lifestyle.

RIP Mr. Helm. Your voice was amazing.

Ire
April 19th 2012

41754 Comments


He was such a great drummer too. RIP

fsharptrit0ne
April 19th 2012

4814 Comments


heard about this. rip fuck

killrobotmusic
April 19th 2012

670 Comments


Levon Helm was one of the voices of my childhood. RIP.

CrisStyles
April 19th 2012

767 Comments


Loved his performance throughout The Last Waltz. RIP.

camerongoodwin
April 19th 2012

18 Comments


that sucks
RIP

lancebramsay
April 19th 2012

1585 Comments


RIP

CrownOfMagnets
April 19th 2012

2249 Comments


Damn, RIP.
drummers who sing are the shit, i would know because i am one.

Mickeymau5
April 20th 2012

1614 Comments


the only other vocalist/drummer i know at the top of my head is francis from FATA

Eclecticist
April 20th 2012

3863 Comments


R.I.P.


Read this on Twitter 6 hours before it was posted as news on sputnikmusic, it's still as sad now as it was 6 hours ago.

guitarplaya91
April 20th 2012

485 Comments


Mikey Erg was a great drummer/vocalist.

But he can't touch Levon Helms.

"I just need some place, where I can lay my head."
RIP

Twelve51
April 20th 2012

108 Comments


R.I.P.

I just saw The Last Waltz on Tv a few months ago. This is sad news.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2012

8780 Comments


rip :[

paxman
April 20th 2012

4084 Comments


Terrible news. Levon Helm was a favorite of my father's, as were The Band and The Last Waltz. RIP, good sir.

MO
April 20th 2012

18522 Comments


shit

rip

peaks40
April 20th 2012

2759 Comments


its just a sad day, R.I.P., same to Dick Clark, The Band are always overlooked, plus their canadian just like me, makes me love them more

DallaShepherd
April 20th 2012

18 Comments


Matt Cameron of Wellwater Conspiracy (also Pearl Jam and Soundgarden) does lead vocals/drumming on most of their songs.

RIP though this sucks.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2012

6443 Comments


Legendary band.

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drasticaction74
April 20th 2012

1729 Comments


Marty Scorsese is bummed

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2012

28466 Comments


A shitty rapper gets called out by a print rag and that gets posted instantly. One of the greatest voices in rock 'n' roll dies and sputnik doesn't give a damn. You people suck.


"print rag"????? i aint even mad im just confused.

rip this dude but tbh i never listened to him

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CrazyFool84
April 20th 2012

1080 Comments


Rock in Peace.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2012

6011 Comments


Sad news.

The documentary Scorzeze had made for them, was monumental.

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KILL
April 20th 2012

71482 Comments


rip

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TooLateToGoBack
April 20th 2012

1762 Comments


RIP.

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bigguytoo9
April 20th 2012

242 Comments


RIP, what a legend. I was going to watch THE LAST WALTZ last night in his memory when I got home but I had to deal with a shitty flood. Ah well.

taa672
April 20th 2012

29 Comments


this guy was a legend. RIP

Dylan620
April 20th 2012

1015 Comments


My dad was a huge fan. RIP.

ManintheBox
April 20th 2012

867 Comments


RIP

crewdreary
April 20th 2012

53 Comments


rip dick clark

peaks40
April 20th 2012

2759 Comments


Whats the scorcese doc called?? never watched it.

ZilbelPing
April 20th 2012

6149 Comments


RIP

SteelErectedb4you8er
April 20th 2012

2616 Comments


I always loved The Band, and this guy was a talented SOB. The Last Waltz is one of the best rockumentarys out there, I highly recommend it.

wacknizzle
April 20th 2012

12993 Comments


^ The Band were incredible, R.I.P Levon, The Band wouldn't be what it was without you.

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shade
April 20th 2012

1198 Comments


the performance of the Night they Drove old Dixie Down from the last waltz is unbelievable. RIP levon helm.

TheCrocodile
April 20th 2012

225 Comments


Second comment but yeah. RIP



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