When the band, known as the Band, decided to call it a day, they wanted to celebrate with as many people as possible. Some like Ronnie Hawkins had been there right from the beginning. Others like Neil Diamond… well, nobody really quite understood why he was there that Thanksgiving night, 1976. But the one guy that just had to perform with the Band, the man who gave them their name… the only question was, would the cameras immortalizing the evening be able to film Bob Dylan? He’d recently worked on his own film, “Renaldo & Clara,” and was hesitant about having too much footage of him out there, too much exposure. But for the group, and director Martin Scorsese and the film’s producers, capturing Dylan on camera was an absolute must. Up until the last minute, nobody was quite sure what Dylan would do. But when push came to shove, Dylan actually showed his love and appreciation for the Band by allowing the cameras to film him – but only for two songs.
– Jeff Woods, “Legends of Classic Rock” Q107 Toronto