In 1989 or 90, Rick met a very interesting, talented, and rather enigmatic fellow named Nenad Bach, when Nenad, a native of Croatia, came to Woodstock to record "Can We Go Higher?" a plea to stop the war in Croatia, at Bearsville Studios, which sponsored the recording. Nenad was mesmerized, not just by Rick's voice, but by his magnetism and "his childlike innocence," and Rick, always open to new experiences and to working on new projects with talented people, took an instant liking to Nenad. I remember Rick being impressed with Nenad's passion and genuine goodness.
In 1992, Rick was invited by the educational organization Truth About Croatia to perform at a benefit called "A Call For Bread" on December 12 at MSG's Parmount Theater in New York. The lineup was, bluntly, surreal, with Rick Danko's name listed among such disparate entertainment-industry notables as Tommy Tune and Ellen Burstyn. As Robbie Robertson famously said in The Last Waltz, the music took The Band to "some strange places."
I don't remember much about this benefit or about the publicity for it. But I do have a faxed draft of the press release written by the Croation Information Center. The press release itself is...pretty surreal. I doubt you'll find a copy of this anywhere: