I haven’t had a chance to check out much of Elvis Costello’s new show, Spectacle, but I’ve been watching the clips and highlights and wish I had access to the Sundance Channel. Recently, Costello closed out his show with one of the greatest collective talents on one stage for a rousing cover of The Band’s “The Weight.” To wit: Ray LaMontagne, Levon Helm, Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson, Larry Campbell and Allen Toussaint join Elvis Costello & the Imposters.
I love “The Weight” as a song (even though it’s not nearly The Band’s finest work even if it has become their signature song) and how adaptable it is to various musical stylings. I love that the song is so good it’s been covered by the disparate likes of Aretha Franklin, Travis, Gillian Welch and Old Crow Medicine Show.
The song is perfectly tailored for Ray LaMontagne and he hits it out of the park in a hammy kind of way; the real stars here are Allen Toussaint and Larry Campbell. Even with all this talent, I still miss Danko wailing “I said wait a minute, Chester, no I’m a peaceful man.” That’s one of music’s finest moments bar none. [via]