Last night, there was some big news besides Bob Dylan covering The Band’s “The Weight” with Jim James and Jeff Tweedy at the Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach.
Dickie Harrell, drummer in Gene Vincent’s legendary 1950’s combo The Blue Caps, met with Bob Dylan, bassist Tony Garnier, and drummers Glenn Kotche and Patrick Hallahan, from the bands Wilco and My Morning Jacket, respectively, at the venue last night.
Harrell posted pictures with these musicians on his Facebook page, and has kindly allowed me to repost them here.
Below are some of Harrell’s comments from yesterday and today in chronological order, mostly in CAPS (as in “Blue”), as is his style.
It all started yesterday, when Harrell typed, “BOB DYLAN TONIGHT VIRGINIA BEACH … DON’T MISS IT.”
This was followed later with, “Got to shave and get ready for the show tonight. Hope to get some pictures, if so I will post them. Bob Dylan, the living legend. Cool man. Have a great day folks.”
After the show, we got the news:
WOW–JUST GOT HOME FROM THE BOB DYLAN SHOW– HE KNOCKED THEM OUT. GOOD SHOW. NICE SEEING HIM AGAIN. WE TALKED ABOUT GENE VINCENT AND ROCKABILLY MUSIC WHICH HE LOVES. COOL CAT. PUT PICTURES UP THURSDAY.
He also commented,”WE SPOKE FOR ABOUT 15 MIN.”
Later he posted a photo taken with Dylan (See sideshow):
HERE IT IS FOLKS.
When Brian McTamaney commented, “He wrote ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’ because of Gene’s ‘Baby Blue,’ Harrell replied, “HE SURE DID.”
Some Facebook “friends” apparently were kidding Harrell about the validity of the photograph, because he then posted: “COME ON GUYS AND GALS— A ”FAKE PICTURE”????????????????????????????????///// I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU WOULD THINK I WOULD POST A FAKE PICTURE … GIVE ME A BREAK. THIS IS FOR REAL.”
Harrell then posted a picture taken with Garnier:
HERE IS A PICTURE OF BASS PLAYER TONY GARNIER. HE TAKES CARE OF THE BAND FOR BOB DYLAN. COOL GUY.
This was followed by one taken with Kotche:
ME AND WILCO DRUMMER … OUTSTANDING.
Harrell posted the picture with Dylan again, with the caption:
LATER TODAY I WILL LET YOU KNOW WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT. HE IS ONE OF THE BEST. THIS IS A REAL PICTURE EVERYONE. ENJOY.
In replying to a comment, Harrell referred to Dylan as a “REAL NICE GUY.”
Then earlier today, Harrell posted a photograph taken with “PATRICK OF THE MORNING JACKETS. NICE GUYS.”
Then he re-posted his picture with Garnier, “ME AND TONY GARNIER– BASS MAN WITH BOB DYLAN. COOL DUDE.”
This was followed by the following post:
ME AGAIN, WHY IS SO HARD FOR PEOPLE TO ACCEPT MY PICTURE AS THE REAL THING?????
HERE IS A E-MAIL I RECEIVED FROM TONY GARNIER–BASS MAN WITH BOB DYLAN. GREAT PERSON.
“It was certainly a pleasure and incredible thrill for everyone to spend a little time with you guys. Bob was very moved by whatever Dickie said to him. A very memorable experience for all of us to have true rock and roll royalty at our gig. I think Bob has seen so much and done so much that there is not many people who impress him. Seeing Dickie was quite a thrill and we’ll sure be talking about that for quite some time. Hope to see you all again soon. We’ll stay in touch – Thanks for the pictures and the cool swag. I’ll send you some stuff from our merchandise if you like. Just give me your address. We’ll stay in touch. God bless- Talk to you soon. Lots of love. Tony”
You can read an interview with Harrell on the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame site, as well as his own column and photos page.
Thanks again, Mr. Harrell, for permission to post these photographs.
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