Robbie Robertson Explains Why He Turned Down Taking part in on Bob Dylan’s New Album

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27: Robbie Robertson attends NYFF57 Opening Night Gala Presentation & World Premiere of "The Irishman" on September 27, 2019 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)


If Bob Dylan had gotten his approach, the Band’s Robbie Robertson would have performed on his just-released album Tough and Rowdy Methods, the guitarist says – which might’ve been Robertson’s first efficiency on a Dylan studio LP since he and the remainder of the Band performed on 1974’s Planet Waves.  However, as Robertson explains on a latest episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, when Dylan reached out to him late final yr, he merely wasn’t obtainable. “I was simply slammed with work,” he says, noting that he had simply completed his album Sinematic in addition to the rating for Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and a reissue of the Band’s self-titled 1969 album. “I mentioned, ‘Proper now, I’m in the midst of these things,’ and I believe that he simply felt prefer it was cooked and he wanted to carry it out of the oven. So he went in and recorded this album.”

On the time, Dylan learn Robertson a few of his new lyrics (seemingly from “Homicide Most Foul”) over the telephone, and the Band co-founder was deeply impressed. “I assumed, that is simply terrific writing and one thing that solely Bob may do,” says Robertson. “And I’d have beloved for us to work collectively on that. However I simply couldn’t do it at the moment… I used to be gonna examine in with him and simply say, ‘God, I’m sorry I wasn’t obtainable then, however let’s see if we are able to trigger some hassle down the road.’”

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Within the interview, Robertson talked extensively about his group’s historical past, as featured within the new film As soon as Had been Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band. Amongst many different subjects, he defined how watching Dylan write at Large Pink helped encourage his personal songwriting. “It didn’t really feel intimidating in any respect,” Robertson says. “It felt like we had been on the clubhouse. And everyone was doing their factor and hanging out. We’re having a good time. And within the meantime, the explanation we received the clubhouse was for the Band to make our first album. Bob simply type of jumped on the bandwagon, so to talk. And it felt so good that he needed to return and hold too.  It ended up simply being type of a ritual. You realize, some individuals stand up and chop wooden on daily basis; some individuals write songs.”

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