LIVE UPDATES: Love for Levon Benefit @ IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ 10/3/12

The Love for Levon benefit to save the barn has concluded at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ. The star-studded cast for this was about as good as it gets, a dream night for all in attendance to celebrate the music, life and continuing legacy of the great . Continue below for the setlist, special guests, live updates (courtesy of Jay Lustig – The Star Ledger) and fan/artist tweets from New Jersey.

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SETLIST (via Jay Lustig)

1. “The Shape I’m In,” with house band.
2. “Long Black Veil,” and
3. “Trouble in Mind,” . (Helm played drums on Kaukonen’s version of this on Kaukonen’s 2009 River of Time album. New Jersey’s own plays mandolin with Kaukonen tonight. A few other musicians also play on this but not the full band.
4. “This Wheel’s on Fire,” the ( on vocals)
5. “Little Birds,” the (Levon’s daughter on vocals)
6. “Listening to Levon,” Marc Cohn. A tribute song written by Cohn in 2007.
7. “Move Along Train,” Mavis Staples
8. “Life is a Carnival,” sings and plays keyboards. Toussaint arranged horns for the Band’s Cahoots album as well as the Rock of Ages and Last Waltz concerts.
9. When I Paint My Masterpiece,” also playing accordion on this one. Hudson of course was a co-founder of along with Helm. Big ovation for Hudson. Feel-good moment of night so far. on lead vocals.
10. “Anna Lee,” Bruce Hornsby, very stripped-down acoustic version. Hornsby playing some kind of string instrument, I’m not sure what it is, with Campbell on violin and and Teresa Williams on backing vocals.
11. Full band back, with Rami Jaffee of The Wallflowers on keyboards. Jakob Dylan sings “Ain’t Got No Home,” the oldie from ’s Moondog Matinee album. Upbeat, swinging version. Very nice.
12. “Whispering Pines” w/ Lucinda Williams “God bless , his spirit lives on,” she says at the end.
13. “Rag Mama Rag”, John Hiatt and
14. “Baby Don’t You Do It,” David Bromberg and Joan Osborne
15. “I Shall Be Released,” Grace Potter, solo, backing herself on organ. “This is one of the great pleasures of my life,” she says before singing, echoing Neil Young’s line from “The Last Waltz.”
16. “Tears of Rage,” Ray LaMontagne,
17. “Rockin’ Chair,” , Jon Randall, Jessi Alexander
18. “Chest Fever,” , Jon Randall, Jessi Alexander,
does wild organ improvisation for a couple of minutes as intro to song.
19. “A Train Robbery,”
20. “Get Up Jake,”
21. “Tennessee Jed,” ,
22. “Up on Cripple Creek,” on guitar and vocals, Robert Randolph on pedal steel. “Jersey boys are here,” says Walsh.
23. “Ophelia,”
24. “It Makes No Difference,”
25. “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” w/ and G.E. Smith on guitar
holds up a red baseball cap. Says Levon gave him the cap after a show “and it’s been my fishing hat ever since … and this will be with me till the day I die, because it means a lot to me.”
26. “Wide River to Cross,” , G.E. Smith on guitar, violin solo w/ *House Band
27. “The Weight,” Ensemble. does the “Crazy Chester followed me …”

Love For Levon Concert Encore [w/ all artists] (10/3/12)

*House Band: on guitar, Don Was on bass, Kenny Aronoff on drums, and Teresa Williams on backing vocals and 5-piece horn section.

@HeyScottyB of @YEMblog attended the #LoveForLevon event and says a DVD release is most certainly in the cards. “There’s a crane with a camera and about six cameramen shooting in HD. Hope it comes out fast.”

Huge thanks to Jay Lustig of The Star-Ledger for his constant updates from East Rutherford.

JOURNAL UPDATES (via Jay Lustig)

7:34 pm: Am here in arena, waiting for show to start at 8 p.m. Seats are starting to fill up. They’ve curtained off six of the upper-tier sections (239 to 241 and 204 to 206), but otherwise it looks like it’s going to be pretty full. Just a guess but maybe attendance will be somewhere in the area of 15,000.
7:53 pm: Looks like will be the first act.
8:22 pm: Haynes introduces . Allman looks thin and fit. Straps on an acoustic guitar.
8:35 pm: says the Band is now known as the .
8:44 pm: (via @NoExpiration) puts on a mandolin (her dad’s?) @ #loveforlevon. This has to be difficult. But wow what a voice.
8:56 pm: (Talking about “Move Along Train”) Slow and soulful. Raw, growling guitar solo by Weider. and Williams on backing vocals.
8:57 pm: and Jaimoe from The Allman Brothers Band take stage.
9:03 pm: introduced by Campbell as “a hero of Levon’s” as well as “an old friend of Levon’s”.
11:33 pm : Well, there weren’t any huge unexpected guests, but this show was still quite memorable. Many, many great moments. I really hope they release it as a live CD and/or DVD. Thanks everyone for reading!

BACKSTAGE PHOTOS (via Record Online)



  1. A few good moments perhaps. John Mayer, Joe Walsh, Eric Church, Grace Potter and David Bromberg to mention a few. Larry Campbell out-did himself…excellent. However, it was a musical drive by shooting. Ridiculous, one shot, disjointed performances. The big question: Where the hell was Bob Dylan? A major miscue by him. Concert goers promised “more surprise guests”…never happened. Roger Waters and his red cap should have stayed home. I give the show a B+…at best.

  2. Really Eric Church, Dierks Bentley why were they given a verse with John Prine, Warren Haynes, Jorma, Grace…I mean come on ya’ll let the vets sing one!

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