Artists React to Death of Robbie Robertson

Robbie Robertson, the iconic guitarist and principal songwriter of The Band, passed away on Wednesday, August 9th after a long illness. Naturally, tributes poured in from the likes of Joni Mitchell, Stephen Stills, Neil Diamond, Stevie Van Zandt, Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and more.

“A good friend and a genius. The Band’s music shocked the excess out of the Renaissance and were an essential part of the final back-to-the-roots trend of ‘60s,” wrote Van Zandt. “He was an underrated brilliant guitar player adding greatly to Bob Dylan’s best tour & best album.

“The music world lost a great one with the passing of Robbie Robertson,” Diamond said on Twitter, while Stills added, “Always kind and generous. Rest in peace, Robbie Robertson.”

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese described Robertson as a “confidante.” He wrote in a statement, “Long before we ever met, his music played a central role in my life — me and millions and millions of other people all over this world. The Band’s music, and Robbie’s own later solo music, seemed to come from the deepest place at the heart of this continent, its traditions and tragedies and joys. It goes without saying that he was a giant, that his effect on the art form was profound and lasting. There’s never enough time with anyone you love. And I loved Robbie.”

In honor of one of the great Icons of Rock, scroll onward to see other tributes to Robertson.

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