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Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) – R.I.P.

  1. Rowlandwithaw on December 20th, 2010

    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 . . . .