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The Band: Stage Fright

Barney Hoskyns, Capitol Records, October 2000

THE BAND had good reason to call their third album Stage Fright. On the eve of their live debut at Bill Graham’s Winterland theater in San Francisco on April 17, 1969, their guitarist and principal songwriter Robbie Robertson came down with a mysterious illness that almost derailed the show.

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