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Indie Rockers Remember the Band’s Levon Helm on Twitter

Levon Helm
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Some very sad news came across the wire today (April 19): Levon Helm, drummer and vocalist with the classic rock group simply known as the Band, passed away at the age of 71 after a lengthy battle with throat cancer. The influence of the Band and Helm on today's musicians cannot be overstated, from '90s alt-rockers like the Counting Crows and the Black Crowes to the recent crop of rootsy, Americana acts like Iron and Wine, Mumford and Sons and the Avett Brothers. Here's a look at what alternative and indie rockers are saying about Helm on Twitter as they remember one of the true pioneers of rock 'n' roll:


The War on Drugs (@warondrugsjams): No way to pay tribute to Levon in 140 characters, so I'll just say that I'm personally very saddened. RIP


Passion Pit (@passionpit): RIP Levon Helm - ih



Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess): If you do one thing tonight. Look up Levon Helm and listen to some of the music he made. He was a real true talent and will be much missed


Tom Morello (@tmorello): Hey Levon Helm, thanks man for carrying The Weight of that backbeat (and great vocals) for decades. Inspired so many


Alberta Cross (@albertacross): This is very heartbreaking! Levon was so incredible and my music hero. What a massive loss! Thanks for everything..


Phish (@phish): Thoughts by Mike Gordon on Levon Helm:


patrick carney (@patrickcarney): one of the best singers and drummers and it all is sad.


Metric (@Metric): RIP Levon Helm. You will be dearly missed.


The Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats): I am sad Levon Helm is dead that guy was great in every way long live Levon Helm's spirit in all the musicians his life has touched


josepharthur (@josepharthur): very sad to hear of Levon Helm's passing


Okkervil River (@okkervilriver): Levon was one of the most inspiring 20th century musicians &, in performance, told the story of what music should be. RIP & so much love.


jennylewis (@jennylewis): Rest in peace Levon.


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