Musicians wish the folk legend a happy birthday
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.”
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