Robbie Robertson, Ringo Starr & Playing for Change Team for ‘The Weight’: Video

Enjoying For Change, a world nonprofit which helps present music schooling to younger individuals world wide, has simply launched a collaborative model of Robbie Robertson’s “The Weight,” the basic track recorded by The Band in 1969 for his or her debut album, Music From Massive Pink.

Within the video, which leads with the phrases “Celebrating the 50th anniversary of a song that transcends time & space,” Beatles drummer Ringo Starr is the primary individual on display screen, sitting behind his equipment with a cellphone in his hand, jokingly asking “What key is it in, Robbie? F demented?”

Then Robertson, in one other metropolis, kicks off the track taking part in the opening lick on guitar from a Los Angeles park bench, earlier than Marcus King is available in on guitar and vocals from Greenville, South Carolina.

All through the course of the track, musicians take part from all around the world — together with Japan, Italy, Nepal, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bahrain (apparently, no Canada the place Robertson was born) — on devices starting from conventional guitar to sitar and oud.

“The Playing For Change people and my son Sebastian, they just did it,” Robertson instructed Billboard. “I’ve seen others and they’re fantastic. And I know Mark Johnson, the guy that heads Playing For Change. I’ve known him since they started doing that and they said, ‘We’ve got this guy from Africa and this guy from the Middle East and these people and those people,’ and I was like, ‘Wow, I hope it works out.’ And then they got Ringo and he’s so terrific and funny.”

Robertson, who previewed “The Weight” video after the world premiere screening of his new documentary, As soon as Have been Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band, on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant two weeks in the past, stated he sat on the bench with headphones, listening to simply a number of the different musicians.

“I’m not hearing everybody because it wasn’t all done when I did it. There was a couple that were in there and they sang and I played and sang along. I just did what they asked me to do and kind of forgot about it. Then they came back when it was done and I thought, ‘Holy moly, this is really, really lovely.”

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