For many, Martin Scorsese’s documentary about the original Band’s final live gig was also a testament to the massive drug use going on in the music scene back in the day. Hard to argue otherwise too, since backstage at the Winterland Ballroom, concert promoter Bill Graham had a room painted white, decorated with noses from plastic Groucho Marx masks. The room also had a strange recording of people sniffing in the background. And that was backstage. Onstage? The most notable sign of the times, Neil Young joining the Band to sing “Helpless.” Helpless was he to realize the evidence was in plain sight. Up his nose! Where it would remain the essential film that documents the Band’s last stand, The Last Waltz.
– Jeff Woods, “Legends of Classic Rock” Q107 Toronto