Don Van Vliet a.k.a. Captain Beefheart – – January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010
I once had a conversation with the good Captain. Someone in the band pointed out the fact that sitting at the back of the venue where we were playing – The Speakeasy, (just off London’s Oxford Street) was THE MAN himself.
After the gig, as we were loading the Transit, he stepped in a somewhat ‘tired and emotional’ manner over the gear and muttered, “Nice band.”
I said, “Thank you.”
I think that constitutes a conversation.
Goodbye, Don . . . .
Have a listen to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MnQx80nS9U
“Once you’ve heard Beefheart, it’s hard to wash him out of your clothes.” – Tom Waits