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

17127 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.

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KjSwantko
April 19th 2012

8724 Comments


RIP

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 19th 2012

48587 Comments


Nobody cared when Jim Marshall died either

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Dev518
April 19th 2012

570 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

30320 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

22437 Comments


well redsky some people have jobs and family to tend to

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 19th 2012

17127 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

2059 Comments


Redsky you have a badass avatar

deathofasalesman
April 19th 2012

5749 Comments


His avatar represents his new impatient lifestyle.

RIP Mr. Helm. Your voice was amazing.

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Ire
April 19th 2012

41474 Comments


He was such a great drummer too. RIP

fsharptrit0ne
April 19th 2012

4628 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

766 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

2191 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

484 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

8591 Comments


rip :[

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paxman
April 20th 2012

4083 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

17406 Comments


shit

rip

peaks40
April 20th 2012

2723 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

6251 Comments


Legendary band.

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drasticaction74
April 20th 2012

1676 Comments


Marty Scorsese is bummed

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theacademy
April 20th 2012

27703 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

CrazyFool84
April 20th 2012

1078 Comments


Rock in Peace.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2012

5624 Comments


Sad news.

The documentary Scorzeze had made for them, was monumental.

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KILL
April 20th 2012

67191 Comments


rip

TooLateToGoBack
April 20th 2012

1686 Comments


RIP.

bigguytoo9
April 20th 2012

222 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

994 Comments


My dad was a huge fan. RIP.

ManintheBox
April 20th 2012

867 Comments


RIP

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crewdreary
April 20th 2012

53 Comments


rip dick clark

peaks40
April 20th 2012

2723 Comments


Whats the scorcese doc called?? never watched it.

ZilbelPing
April 20th 2012

5788 Comments


RIP

SteelErectedb4you8er
April 20th 2012

2612 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

11955 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

176 Comments


Second comment but yeah. RIP



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