Musicians Around the World Play The Band’s Classic Song, “The Weight,” with Help from Robbie Robertson and Ringo Starr

Play­ing For Change, a “move­ment cre­at­ed to inspire and con­nect the world through music,” has released its lat­est video–this one fea­tur­ing musi­cians from five con­ti­nents play­ing “The Weight,” a clas­sic song from The Band’s 1968 album, Music from Big Pink. Amongst the musi­cians you’ll find The Band’s own Rob­bie Robert­son and The Beat­le’s Ringo Starr. In our archive, find oth­er Play­ing for Change takes on The Grate­ful Dead­’s “Rip­ple,” The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shel­ter,” Bob Mar­ley’s “Redemp­tion Song,” and Ben King’s “Stand by Me.” For more, vis­it Play­ing for Change’s YouTube chan­nel.

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Relat­ed Con­tent:

Watch The Band Play “The Weight,” “Up On Crip­ple Creek” and More in Rare 1970 Con­cert Footage

Mar­tin Scors­ese Cap­tures Lev­on Helm and The Band Per­form­ing “The Weight” in The Last Waltz

Jeff Bridges Nar­rates a Brief His­to­ry of Bob Dylan’s and The Band’s Base­ment Tapes


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  • Erin says:

    This an absolutely,ridiculously beau­ti­ful ren­di­tion of The Band!! Hap­py tears, thanks so much! The coun­tries, the instru­ments! Stel­lar! Peace and Love to all of you very beau­ti­ful musi­cians!!! So much Love!! Thank yiu!!

  • Erin says:

    This an absolutely,ridiculously beau­ti­ful ren­di­tion of The Band!! Hap­py tears, thanks so much! The coun­tries, the instru­ments! Stel­lar! Peace and Love to all of you very beau­ti­ful musi­cians!!! So much Love!! Thank you!!

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