Artists React to Demise of Robbie Robertson

Robbie Robertson, the enduring guitarist and principal songwriter of The Band, handed away on Wednesday, August ninth after a protracted sickness. Naturally, tributes poured in from the likes of Joni Mitchell, Stephen Stills, Neil Diamond, Stevie Van Zandt, Jason Isbell, Margo Worth, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and extra.

“A superb buddy and a genius. The Band’s music shocked the surplus out of the Renaissance and had been a necessary a part of the ultimate back-to-the-roots development of ‘60s,” wrote Van Zandt. “He was an underrated sensible guitar participant including significantly to Bob Dylan’s finest tour & finest album.

“The music world misplaced an important one with the passing of Robbie Robertson,” Diamond mentioned on Twitter, whereas Stills added, “At all times sort and beneficiant. Relaxation in peace, Robbie Robertson.”

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese described Robertson as a “confidante.” He wrote in a press release, “Lengthy earlier than we ever met, his music performed a central position in my life — me and thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands of different folks throughout this world. The Band’s music, and Robbie’s personal later solo music, appeared to return from the deepest place on the coronary heart of this continent, its traditions and tragedies and joys. It goes with out saying that he was an enormous, that his impact on the artwork type was profound and lasting. There’s by no means sufficient time with anybody you like. And I beloved Robbie.”

In honor of one of many nice Icons of Rock, scroll onward to see different tributes to Robertson.