Bob Dylan is opening up in a rare interview about his many famous friends who passed away this year.
While speaking with author Bill Flanagan in an interview shared to his personal website to promote his new three-disc album, Triplicate (out March 31), the 75-year-old music legend reveals what it was like losing his longtime friends, Muhammad Ali, Leonard Cohen, Merle Haggard and Leon Russell.
“We were like brothers,” Dylan admits to Flanagan about his relationship with the legendary stars. “We lived on the same street and they all left empty spaces where they used to stand. It’s lonesome without them.”
When asked if he felt like he had taken any of their greatness for granted, he says, “I can’t say who’s great or who isn’t. If somebody does achieve greatness it’s only for a minute and anyone is capable of that. Greatness is beyond your control – I think you get it by chance, but it’s only for a short time.”
During the interview, the Blowin’ In The Wind singer also reveals if he has ever been nervous playing in front of audiences of presidents, a pope, and even The Beatles, answering, “All of them.”
He also admits that one of his favourite records as of recent has been from the late Amy Winehouse, noting that she was “the last real individualist around.”