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“Follow that!”

That’s reportedly what Neil Diamond said to Bob Dylan after exiting the stage during The Band’s Last Waltz performance. A slightly bemused Dylan retorted, “What do I have to do, go on stage and fall asleep?”. Game, set, match, Zimmy.

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12 responses

  1. Tribeca Mike

    “I am, I cried.” I always fast forward through Neil’s banal song on the dvd, though Brother Garth’s organ work almost makes it listenable. But not quite.

    July 22, 2010 at 12:45 pm

  2. Quinn.Eskimo

    Who invited Neil Diamond to perform at the Last Waltz, anyway?

    July 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm

  3. Ralph Hitchens

    Not a classy thing for Neil to say (if true), but he sang a great song, to my ears. Sorry Tribeca…. de gustibus non disputatum or something like that.

    July 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    • alan kamm

      robbie robertson invited him after producing neils album.He probally thought the exposure would help sell some records.He should have know about dylans legendary one liners.This story is one of ronnie woods favorite stories to tell.Ronnie and bob have been best friends ever since that night according to his book.

      July 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm

      • Musical Stew Daily

        I couldn’t have said it better myself, Alan.

        July 22, 2010 at 7:18 pm

  4. DH

    …to which Dylan reportedly responded, “What do I have to do, go on stage and fall asleep?

    July 22, 2010 at 3:35 pm

  5. Mike Anderson

    The story I heard was that Neil Diamond was invited because Robbie Robertson was producing Diamond’s next record. Poor ND sure looks out of place on that stage.

    July 22, 2010 at 3:44 pm

  6. LW_FAN

    @Quinn

    I believe Robbie invited Diamond, as he had just worked on (produced maybe?) his album.

    LWF

    July 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm

  7. BRYAN

    Robbie Robertson from The Band produced a couple of Neil Diamond’s albums in 76. From what I have read no one really understood why (ND) he was even there including Levon Helm the Bands drummer and vocalist. Levon got really pissed and threatened to leave when they realized they had too many performers and need to cut some of the acts and Robertson suggested they take Muddy Waters out instead of Diamond. Levon Helm wrights about it in his book It’s a great story.

    July 22, 2010 at 4:22 pm

  8. Manuel Lozano

    Neil Diamond sucks! Period! Robbie Robertson (or someone else from the band, i foeget exactly who)was working on a record with Neil, that’s why he got an invitation. No one else wanted him there. He shouldn’t have been there.

    July 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm

  9. Tom

    Robbie Robertson was producing Diamond’s “Beautiful Noise,” which is a perfectly good album that this Dylan fan (about 15 shows and counting) believes is as as good or better than anything Bob recorded during the same period — between “Desire” and “Infidels.” And by many accounts, the big-band arrangements in Dylan’s 1978 “Street Legal” album and tour were prompted at least in part by his noticing that Diamond was selling way more records and concert tickets than he was and decided the reason was people Wanted a Show. It was one strange show, alright.

    July 22, 2010 at 10:56 pm

  10. Brian

    Dry Your Eyes is a great song. People ragging on ND for being there this many years later is retarted. You can’t change history, he was there. And so was Muddy Waters. I read Helm’s book. It wasn’t that nobody else wanted ND, it was that Helm and Robertson were on the outs at that point and Helm didn’t want to lose Waters if it meant ND. So what if Dylan insulted him with a witty remark. I tell people I’m a Dylan fan and hear insults directed at him all the time. “He can’t sing.” The two musicians have more in common than people notice or will give credit to. They both started as folkies, they’ve shared musicians, they’ve shared songs (e.g. ND covers Make You Feel My Love on his latest Rick Rubin produced album), they’re both Jews, they’ve both been around forever and the list goes on. I bet they respect one another simply for understanding what it takes to last in the music biz. If you don’t like Neil, fine; if you don’t like Dylan, fine. Why make such a big deal out of it?

    July 22, 2010 at 11:15 pm

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