It’s Thanksgiving week, and the latest episode of Rock Doc Podcast brings back a Thanksgiving tradition. Your hosts, Andy Keatts and David Lizerbram fire up an old favorite, The Band‘s The Last Waltz, directed by Martin Scorsese (and whose live album companion was likewise featured on Treble’s list of the best live albums of all time).
But on this episode, the discussion about the classic concert film comes with a twist. This week’s guest is Julia Swanson, noted superfan of the late Robbie Robertson, and your hosts chat with her about a potential alternate history version of the famed live show, which happened on Thanksgiving night in 1976 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Imagine that all the guests that night, aside from the members of The Band, came down with the flu. No Neil Young, no Joni Mitchell, no Dr. John or Van Morrison, and so on. Who, among the impressive class of musicians in the 1970s would you draft for the show? Hear what they came up with!
Listen to the latest episode below, and watch the trailer for the film as well. The Last Waltz is available to stream via Amazon Prime and Tubi.