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Valparaiso Beacons Mickey March Madness shirt . The Last Waltz wasn’t just intended to be a concert, but was crafted to be more of a celebration, paying tribute to The Band’s many years of live performances. The various guest musicians were all people who had influenced the group over the years, and the Winterland Ballroom was aptly chosen as the venue, as it had been where The Band made their debut as a group back in 1969. The group’s tour manager, Jonathan Taplin, pitched the idea of having Martin Scorsese direct the concert film. The director had a notable love of music, and had worked on the 1970 documentary Woodstock, and he eagerly accepted the job.
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