Helm Solo Career, Buses filled with neighbours, friends and fans of The Band’s Levon Helm travelled to his Woodstock, N.Y. home on Thursday to pay their final respects to the singer-songwriter and musician.
The 71-year-old Helm died in New York on April 19, days after his family revealed that he was in the final stages of a battle with cancer fight.
Helm’s family greeted visitors at Thursday’s public memorial, which was held at his home studio dubbed The Barn, where he performed his famed Saturday night Midnight Ramble concerts.
Mourners quietly filed past Helm’s closed casket, which was placed on the second floor of the barn and surrounded by flowers. His drum kit and a piano were also nearby.
“He was my idol,” said college student Dan McCabe, who played in a jazz band that performed at a Ramble concert and is pursuing a career in music production.
“He used his fame for good,” added McCabe’s father, Pat.
“He took time to give benefits for schools all over the area. He had a level of humanity over and above a mere rock star. Plus, he was a hell of a musician.”
The Helm family arranged for buses to convey mourners to their home from three locations in Woodstock. (CBC News)