“Living with cancer for 20 years is an achievement worth celebrating – and what better way is there to celebrate than put on a show and make music with your friends?” Says Danny.
“My favourite live album of all time is The Last Waltz by The Band, so I called my friends and we’re going to do it – the whole thing!”
“I’ve never had a birthday party because my birthday is on Christmas Day! So this is it – I’m turning 40 and this is the Last Waltz of my 30’s!”
And so it began. Brisbane’s best new music venue, The Triffid was booked, musical friends arranged and the date confirmed – Saturday 28th November.
Helping Danny celebrate will be long time friends and musical collaborators Jeff Lang, Ian Haug (The Church, Powderfinger), The Wilson Pickers, The Gin Club, Karl Broadie, Jackie Marshall, McKisko,
Luke Daniel Peacock plus some platinum record selling surprise guests yet to be announced.
“The Last Waltz” was the farewell concert by the iconic and cult band known simply as The Band. Their last ever show was documented on film by the legendary film director Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Raging Bull…) and included such special guests as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton and more.
The film and accompanying double album are ranked as one of the greatest recorded live concerts of all time due to the sense of celebration and camaraderie that the performers radiated on stage. Not only were the guests and performances outstanding but it was also the songs themselves that made this concert such an instant classic.
Songs like ‘The Weight’, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, “Up on Cripple Creek” and Bob Dylan’s classic “Forever Young” are all staples in the rock pantheon and have stood the test of time, remaining as fresh and full of passion and emotion as when they were written.
Come help Danny Celebrate!!
Now a proud father of two young children, Danny Widdicombe’s leukaemia diagnosis when he was just 19 years old seems a lifetime ago. He attributes his survival, and the ability to have children, to a clinical trial he participated in more than 10 years ago that was testing a new drug.
“The last 20 years have been a whirlwind of highs and lows. I’ve enjoyed a fantastic music career, married my beautiful wife, Carolyn, and become a dad,” Danny said.