Legendary lead guitarist for The Band, and the man who worked with Martin Scorsese and Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, has passed away at the age of 80.
On Wednesday (8.09,) the musician’s long-time manager, Jared Levine announced that the Canadian guitarist-songwriter-and-singer had died in Los Angeles after a long illness.
“Robbie was surrounded by his family at the time of his death, including his wife, Janet, his ex-wife, Dominique, her partner Nicholas, and his children Alexandra, Sebastian, Delphine, and Delphine’s partner Kenny.” “He is also survived by his grandchildren Angelica, Donovan, Dominic, Gabriel and Seraphina.” “In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Six Nations of the Grand River to support a new Woodland Cultural Center.”
In the 1970s, Robertson led the Canadian-American rockers The Band to fame, and wrote a series of hits for the group including ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,’ ‘The Weight,’ and ‘The Shape I’m In.’
The Band’s final show was captured on film by Scorsese in The Last Waltz, and their rise to fame was the subject of the 2019 documentary Once Were Brothers, and the musician had recently completed work on Killers of the Flower Moon, his fourteenth film music project with the famous movie director.