Musicians wish the folk legend a happy birthday

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Kings Of Leon, Slash, Arcade Fire and My Chemical Romance are among the musicians who have been paying tribute to Bob Dylan, who turns 70 today (May 24).

Kings frontman Caleb Followill said: “He’s a huge hero. Anyone who’s ever tried to write a song feels stupid when they hear one of his. We met him on tour. I almost passed out.” Slash was similarly effusive in his praise, saying: “I’ve played with some of the greats but Bob Dylan is one of the greatest without a doubt.”

The Kooks‘s Luke Pritchard also spoke highly of Dylan. He wrote in The Sun today: “People say he’s a terrible singer, but his voice is unique. He was not only a musical trailblazer, he was the icon for a generation.”

My Chemical Romance‘s Gerard Way, meanwhile, said it was “an honour” for his band to be able to cover Dylan‘s ‘Desolation Row’ and that the singer was “an inspiration to a lot of people.”

Arcade Fire‘s Win Butler said of Dylan: “Once I was exposed to his music it made the radio a lot harder to listen to.”

Add your own tributes to Dylan at Facebook.com/nmemagazine.