Stars Honor Dylan On 70th Birthday

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May 24, 2011 | 4:15am EST

Kings Of Leon rocker Caleb Followill, folk singer Joan Baez and SLASH are among the stars who have saluted music legend Bob Dylan as he turns 70.
The Blowin’ in the Wind hitmaker reaches the landmark on Tuesday and a host of his famous fans have congratulated him on his success and toasted his legacy.

Followill says, “He’s a huge hero. Anyone who’s ever tried to write a song feels stupid when they hear one of his. We met him on tour. I almost passed out.”

Dylan’s fellow folk star Baez adds, “I think he made up the stuff while he was singing. It was just amazing. His songs said the things I wanted to say,” while Slash gushes, “I’ve played with some of the greats but Bob Dylan is one of the greatest without a doubt.”

The Kooks frontman Luke Pritchard says, “Dylan produces great little nuggets and phrases and sews them together in a beautiful and poetic way… He was not only a musical trailblazer he was an icon for a generation.”

Neil Diamond offers, “I am a big fan. Pretty much anything he puts out I will listen to,” while Arcade Fire star Win Butler says, “I got into Bob Dylan while at school. Once exposed to this music it made radio a lot harder to listen to.”

Singer Jack Johnson adds, “When I was 17, I bought The Bootleg Series by Bob Dylan. On one track, he reads his poem Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie. It really influenced me.”