ON THE BANDWAGON; City Supergroup Recreate Legendary Farewell Gig

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Byline: ALAN POOLE

ONE of the most famous events in rock history will be recreated at Coventry's Belgrade next weekend when a supergroup of local musicians present their version of The Last Waltz, the legendary farewell appearance of The Band.

It's the climax of the theatre's Late Night Music programme, which is hosted by Mustard and Blood and has previously featured performances by the likes of The Shackletons, Tenebrous Liar, Centimes and The Sequins.

Over 20 musicians recruited from local groups will be performing free with proceeds going directly to the Friends of Castlewood charity, which raises money to improve and enrich the lives and activities of primary children with additional educational needs at Castlewood School.

Jonny Nicholds from Mustard and Blood explained: "We started out as a vehicle to get local artists and musicians working together in order to create new and original musical ideas as well as to realise and recreate old ones.

"All the folks that have taken part are the best in their field and it has been an honour to work with them. We'd also like to extend special thanks to Joel at The Albany pub who has allowed us to use his premises free of charge for rehearsal."

charge for rehearsal."

Ruth Saunders, communications officer at the Belgrade Theatre added: "The Late Night Music events have been a real success over the past year and have proved a great platform for local bands and musicians to showcase their talents.

Recreating The Band's iconic Last Waltz concert is the perfect way to bring the talented musicians together in a final farewell performance while raising money for charity."

The Band, who made their name as Bob Dylan's backing group, soon became stars in their own right with albums like Music From The Big Pink and Northern Lights - Southern Cross proving massively influential on a generation of rock musicians.

The original Last Waltz was staged at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom in November 1976 when Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters and several other stars contributed guest cameos to a concert that Martin Scorsese turned into an iconic documentary film.

The Mustard and Blood tribute will take place next Friday and Saturday and tickets are available now at pounds 6 from the Belgrade box office, www. …