Rick Danko stated once: “Those first royalty checks we got almost killed some of us”.
By 1970, The Band was starting to reap the rewards of their first two albums. Remember it has only been two years since the release of “Music From Big Pink”. It may feel like an elongated period of time, but The Band was a workhorse powering through producing an album yearly, while also staying busy on other projects. They were now receiving millions of dollars for the songs they wrote and performed.
Frustrating from multiple avenues were starting to creep into what The Band had established. Drugs, alcohol, money, etc. were all working towards destroying what The Band had built. With little time and a label to keep happy, as well as an attempt to push all the issues aside, The Band went back into the studio to record their third album "Stage Fright".
However, it wouldn't be as easy this time. "Stage Fright" tested the group and pushed The Band to their limits.
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