Robbie Robertson will deliver the keynote address opening the 16th annual South By Southwest conference on March 14, 2002 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Last Waltz, The Band's all-star farewell performance documented on film by Martin Scorsese. A newly restored print, remixed in 5.1 surround sound, will be screened during the music portion of the SXSW conference. In addition, Robertson will meet with music journalist and former Rolling Stone editor Ben Fong-Torres for a one-on-one Q&A included in the SXSW panel schedule.
Robertson joins a unique group of artists, including Ray Davies, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Nick Lowe, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, who have welcomed past SXSW participants with informal keynote speeches.