The end of the road

. May 24, 2012.

Some musicians actually know when to call it quits. After nine years on the road, The Band realized if they didn’t stop the hard living, the hard living was going to stop them. And for anyone who has watched Martin Scorsese’s documentary of their 1978 farewell concert, The Last Waltz, this isn’t a secret—they are all stick thin, on drugs and Levon Helm didn’t really hide that he wanted to punch a hole into Robbie Robertson’s head. But, despite that—and Bob Dylan’s camp being pissed, Neil Young looking pale as a ghost and having a clump of cocaine hanging from his nose (which later was edited out) and Van Morrision possibly having the highest BAC on the planet—the concert is a legendary piece of rock n roll history, that despite all the mayhem, shows a band on top of their game leaving the big dance to have a chance to continue to waltz through life. And there are too many epic collaborations to even mention. $9. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8397. www.michtheater.org