Don Van Vliet 1941-2010 – Graham’s tribute

Don’s gallery have announced that he died today.

I’d like to offer my sincere condolences to his family, friends and especially his wife Jan. We will miss you greatly, Don.

Into the sun in my glider
There’s a shadow beside her
Up ‘n’ down through the blues
Clouds give me my silent cues
I’m up in my glider
With a shadow beside her
It begins to rain on her window pain
Up in my glider
There’s no shadow beside her
Thundering ‘n’ lightning
Gettin’ pretty frightenin’
I feel like an outsider
Then the sun shows through ‘n’ right on cue
There’s a shadow beside her
Up ‘n’ down through the blues
I’m up in my glider
‘N’ I’m telling you boys there ain’t no noise
‘N’ me and my baby ain’t never gonna bring my glider down

Update: 10am 18.12.2010

The obituaries can be found elsewhere today. You already know we love him and you also know why.

Until now, I wasn’t expecting quite so many other people to feel the same way, however.

I heard the sad news about Don shortly after 10pm last night, made a quick update to the site and then sat back and watched Beefheart mentions on Twitter flood past, so much faster than I could actually read them. He was in the top 10 trending topics three times (“beefheart”, “vliet” and “captain” and he’s also in there now with “trout mask”) both worldwide and here in the UK.

Shortly after the emails started pouring in and obituaries and tributes were popping up like little octafish fry. For some time he was the most read story on the BBC website and is still the second story as I write this nearly 12 hours later. Right now he has four of the five most read stories on The Guardian.

My phone alerts me whenever I receive an email with a small “dong” sound.  As I went to bed last night I didn’t silence it like I normally do and it was contentedly fluttering away all night long going “dong… don…. dong…. don…. Don….” as I was drifting in and out of sleep, gazing at the outpouring of tributes again and then drifting back off to sleep.

I put some music on – my first choice was a big soppy Beefheart fave, Observatory Crest. Ness, with a puzzled look on her face said “I’d have thought you’d want to listen to Captain Beefheart” and wasn’t sure whether to believe me when I assured her that I really was.

On it went “as the sky turned white in the middle of the night” – emails, Twitter, tales of private wakes happening all over the world; a world which seemed to have finally taken notice of this fantastically interesting and creative man.

I referred to it as sad news but I’m not feeling sad. I’m amazed at the attention he has received. Under any other circumstance it would be a joy and even under these circumstances it is heart-warming.

It had made me sad over the last couple of decades to think of his continuing illness and how awful it must be for such a mentally agile man to endure. Today I just feel like a celebration, knowing that stereos all over the world are doing the hoodoo hoe-down to the sounds of Trout Mask Replica, Safe As Milk, Shiny Beast and Lick My Decals Off Baby. Articles like this are popping up everywhere today, and don’t miss the fond comments posted after Alexis Petridis’s Beefheart tribute.

We listened to Strictly Personal over breakfast and I don’t think it has ever sounded better.  Rather unexpectedly, we’re having a good time here.  My inbox is exploding, the stereo is jumping and it’s a day to enjoy.

Don, we will miss you so much, but I don’t really think you’re going away for a very long time yet.

I was sad, my head hung down I felt really bad
Now I’m glad, glad about the good times that we’ve had

Please feel free to leave your thoughts and tributes for Don and best wishes for Jan on this page below and on Steve’s parallel post too.

278 Comments

  1. Love you, always will.

  2. The Spotlight Kid has sown his last sweet potato…
    Thank you so much for everything.
    RIP

  3. What can one say?
    I found out last night and I was so upset. Today I've been listening to Beefheart all day, and guess what – I ain't blue no more – it's like heaven, ah said.
    RIP Don, you helped make me who I am today.

    Scott, Brighton UK

  4. I was so sorry to hear he'd died. I'd been dreading this moment for so long. I don't admire many people, artistically, but I admired CB.

    I just liked the guy. Everyone is unique, I know, but he is irreplaceable. Something about him made people love him. I'm sure he pissed off Ry Cooder and FZ……but there was an innocence…..a vulnerability. And this incredible brilliance which stood out at a time when there seemed to be brilliant people everywhere.

    King Ludd, Devon

  5. I wish I knew what time DVV left mere earth. I was listening to Doc At The Radar Station most of Friday. Some of it made me laugh out loud and other parts made me cry. Today I read the tiny obit in the paper. It's raining here. But I'm glad it's raining hard.

  6. 14 years old in boarding school in Switzerland. Still wired in my brain. Made me realize how shallow music has become.

  7. i learned music through your ears.
    compassionate revolution
    j4zz!t

  8. Firs heard on John Peel's radio 1 slot in 1967. TroutMask Replica a revelation and still revealing its treasures 40 years on.
    So grateful I heard of him so early and for the gifts he and the band/s left us.

  9. i feel like my true father has died. this is going to be really hard to get through. at least now you can really get into our dreams.

    She serves me flowers 'n yams
    'N in the night when i'm full
    She brings me white jam
    'N I don't know where I am
    In the meadow she brings me
    Like ah bee she stings me
    'N I don't know where I am
    Clouds clingin' to us
    'N the sun lookin' through us
    'N in the night when I'm full
    She brings me white jam
    'N I don't know where I am

    xx, darko

  10. Like so many, I was and am inspired, influenced, enticed, pushed, provoked and delighted by his music, art, words and ways — but the impact on me has also been especially literal. I lose track of time, but I suppose it was in the late '70s that someone who worked with me set me up on a blind date with a longtime friend of hers because, she said, we were the only two people she knew who liked Captain Beefheart. Neither Renee nor I had ever been on a blind date before: we would go out that night, first for Thai food at a now-gone restaurant in Hollywood and then to the Golden Bear in, where is/was it, Huntington or Redondo Beach? — to see Beefheart (I found out much later that this show was recorded and would surface as a two-album bootleg). Soon thereafter, Renee and I were living together, and about a decade later would get married. We have had a daughter, Gabrielle, who is about to turn 21 — and while hopefully all parents are justly proud and and while all kids and young adults might be able to do great things, Gabrielle is one of those marvelously creative, astute, gentle, patient, dedicated, diversely talented, individualistic yet generous and extraordinarily principled persons that I think any of us wouldn't mind betting the future on. (fyi, she also saw the Magic Band reunion show at the Long Beach "All Tomorrow's Parties" festival.) So my family thanks Don and everyone who was a part of his life for all kinds of reasons and all kinds of gifts bestowed upon us, due to who he was and is, and what he meant and means to us.

  11. too much for my mirror.
    part of me has died,
    my constant companion for forty years.
    music, music, music.
    art,art,art.
    bickershawe, free trade hall.
    thanks, Don.
    friend to all animals.
    bye Don, bye…

  12. R.I.P. Don,

    You changed so many people's lives with your wonderful art. There's no way to put in words how profoundly important you and your work was to me and so many other people. I hope you and Frank are having a good laugh now. My deepest condolences to Jan and all of Don's other family and close friends.

  13. Doc at the Radar Station was very influential to me during my teen years – maybe more so than any other single album. Later I discovered other works, and could appreciate even more of Beefheart's vision, I but will always have a deep connection with DATRS. Someone definitely had too much to think.

  14. Rest in peace Don.
    I found myself playing all your romantic songs today and getting all soppy and sad.

    "My arms are just two things in the way until I can wrap them around you…"

    "Two lips in a haystack
    And the moon up above
    It's dark and you're blushing
    Aren't you my love…"

    And of course you will live forever through your music and art.

  15. The Captain was one the few true great artists. The world is poorer for his passing.

    Jim

  16. When I heared the news,I reached for my copy of Trout Mask(wich is never far from reach) & danced around the room…until "the dust blows…" came on,at which point I had to sit down & reflect….a great,great artist had gone onto the next part of his journey & it made me shed a tear or two that he is no longer with us in THIS place & time. God bless you Don & a safe journey to the other side. jarrod.

  17. Those of us who heard that voice and those words were never the same again. He was a monster influence and the world is a better place for his time here.

  18. Thank you fer everything, and rest in peace. Love from ofap.

  19. 1969, aged 14, illicitly listening to John Peel on transistor under the covers I first heard something that has irrevocably changed my life. Gimme dat harp boy and the next week I bought my first super vamper. Been playing ever since but always fell a little short of the incredible tone and intonation created by the Captain. What a loss! My condolences to all he left behind. The music, art and poetry however will live forever.
    Harp cry, harp smiling.

  20. the dust blows forward and the dust blows back
    and the wind blows black through the sky…

    what a loss, he was a brilliant artist, and he will be missed-

  21. Good to connect with so many 'Distant Cousins' on such a day. Difficult to say more than has already been said.

    I can only admire and celebrate such eccentricity and creativity in a world which nowadays seem to promote political correctness and channeled thinking. Maybe I'm getting old and out of touch but where are the new genuinely innovate creators in music who can compare?

    Favourite quote: "Everybody's coloured or else you wouldn't be able to see them".

    Best wishes to all in Beefheart Land – and to those nearest the good Captain.

    ML

    PS. Just found out while clicking around CB tributes today that Jimmy Carl Black died a couple of years ago (I know, I know….). That's a double does of bad news.

  22. So sorry for your loss, Jan.

    Thank you for your music. That buggy boogie woogie really sweeps me off my feet.

  23. I first saw the Captain back in the early 70s at Newcastle City Hall and he blew me away. My taste in music was changed forever and I will be eternally grateful to him for all the enjoyment he gave me. Sleep tight good captain.

  24. Yer in our guts and in our head,
    now Cap'n rest in earthly bed.

    RIP you beautiful nut,
    DK

  25. Yesterday when I got home from work I played TMR and Safe as Milk and they really cheered me. Later that night I felt really worried about something and even started trembling for no apparent reason. When later I heard the news I cried. Not sure why but I did. Thank you.

    Ivan, Bulgaria

  26. What I suddenly realised when he died was that every person who hears a creative musical work has a different nostalgia. So his music means something different to all the millions of listeners. So if you create really essential and creative music then the fruit is endless. What a legacy..

  27. He helped me find a place to call my own.

    RIP

    Oliver

  28. I'm gonna buy me a cherry phosphate.

  29. A sad day, indeed…..from the moment I heard him on Z's Hot Rats, I was hooked. Genius is a tough tag to throw around, but he borders on it. Just ain't nobody more original.

  30. Sympathies to Jan. I've been listening to Don all day and every song sounds as magnificent as ever. A true giant.

  31. from my facebook status…"am absolutely devastated just finding out don van vliet aka captain beefheart passed away today…i first discovered the captain's music/ art at musicland at the maine mall back in 1987…buying the trout mask cd based on the cover art without ever hearing a note…needless to say i found my savior that da y…"

  32. I'm so saddened.. What a great loss. He made such an impact on me, I was never the same after hearing Doc at the Radar Station and Trout Mask…

  33. RIP DVV – sooner or later the radar station claims us all.

  34. When I was 11 or 12 I heard Safe As Milk. That was my introduction to Beefheart. I credit his music for my greater appreciation of all art and teaching me just because I don't like something initially doesn't me I won't come around to it. I'll probably wind up loving it.

  35. Farewell maestro. Thank you for bringing your music and art into my life.

  36. Skeleton breath
    Scorpion blush
    I have a crush on your skeleton

    R.I.P. Mr Van Vliet

    I will be playing Kandy Korn on repeat today. Thank you for making such a difference to the way I view the world.

  37. Just a few various thoughts about Beefheart's music, because as soon as I heard the news this morning I just started automatically writing random thoughts on scraps of paper.
    Humungous fan. I've been listening to this stuff for 40 years now.
    No need to worry about Don's musical legacy. More than any other music I know of (that's a LOT of music across all genres) this is music made to last. Truly timeless.
    It's not experimental music. It is complete in its conception & execution (huge credit to the dedication of Magic Band members over the years).
    Nor is this music weird. It is just creativity captured at source – rather than turning ideas & impulses into literal concepts & then refining & polishing the music to make it palatable for our expectations & in the process squeezing the life out of it. That's why Beefheart's music is always so fresh & vital.
    Another reason I think his music lasts & has depth is because to me it has a three dimensional quality. Like musical sculpture. Maybe this is why "normal" music often sounds a bit flat after Beefheart. Others have mentioned this sort of thing. Are the people who find "Trout" difficult trying to listen to 3D music with 2D heads on?
    One last thought I'd like to mention is that I find the words & the music in Beefheart are a perfect marriage, with equal weight, as they mesh together. Maybe we are back to the "difficult" thing again, because the music is not just some simple background accompaniment to the lyrics.
    OK, sorry about the lecture. I've been wanting to get some thoughts on the music out there for quite a long time. Now seems as good a time as any.
    Lastly, it's been so good to read everyone's positive comments & interesting takes. It's great to know that all you appreciative people are out there.
    The Radar Station is my home page & I've been expecting this news for a long time. Even so, it was literally a physical jolt for me to see the news of Don's passing.
    His recorded legacy is there to show how great music can be.

  38. I was privileged to meet Captain Beefheart in Philadelphia in 1971 or 1972. I was 17 yrs old or so; he was touring in support of "Spotlight Kid;"
    his opening act was Little Feat. After the show my friend Moose and I jumped onto the stage and pulled the curtains aside. And there he was, right there, with his piercing blue eyes. He was a perfect gentleman. And did I say that the show was one of the best I've ever seen?

  39. From Europe – Byebye, good Captain.

    You were unique.

  40. Don was my main main since 1968. I had all his records, including all the live bootlegs. Just a week ago I sold the lot off in a fit that seems like a premonition now. But I know his music by heart, and he and his fantastic band informed my ears more than any other contemporary artist. He was a visionary whatever he did, and as the saying goes, we will not see his like again. Goodbye, Don, and thanks for the fins and the wings.

  41. How sad… The great Captain is gone. I saw Captain Beefheart only once, when I was 15, at the Pinkpop Festival, Weert, The Netherlands and I was completely blown away. My introduction to 'serious' pop music and I became a big fan. Thank you so much for all your works.

  42. He gave me a place I could call my own.

  43. I am saddened by the loss of the man who more than anyone else in the world convinced me it was perfectly okay to be myself. I offer love, hugs and warmth to his Janet and everyone he leaves behind, though in all of it he is still here, anytime that thought comes in your head and you go, "I love those words, man, I love those words."

    I have never been so convinced of humanity by any other person. Thank you, Captain.

    Love and respect–
    Scott Nichols-Collier

  44. Don Van Vliet made the world a more beautiful place.

  45. Lately, Beefheart had been playing a lot on random iPod. It now seems that maybe the Captain was saying goodbye.
    Our deepest sympathy to Jan and family, from a couple married 40years and listening to Don’s music the whole time.

  46. In 1994 i spent at least 5 joyous hours observing Don's incredible paintings at his 'Stand Up To Be Discontinued' art exhibition in Brighton, England. To finally see his art up close was such an amazing thing for me and i was also blown away by how huge some of his canvases were – massive in fact! Remember the quote from him about painting in the desert at night? He said it was like being attacked by a great cloth werewolf!! He was the funniest, smartest, most brilliant person i think i've ever been aware of and i've loved his entire body of work, his poetry, music and art, for the bulk of my life. Nobody could touch his brilliance – and they never will.

  47. My deepest condolences to Jan, first and foremost. I'm so terribly sorry for her loss.

    I first heard the vocal stylings of Captain Beefheart through Frank Zappa's HOT RATS track, "Willie the Pimp," when I was 16. I then heard Trout Mask Replica and thought it was one of the most ingenious rearrangements of the blues that I'd ever heard.

    His music and performances always had a mystique about them, rife with dichotomies and wild animal drama. His arrangements had an oddly three-dimensional quality to them with their register jumps, dissonances and rhythmic layers, and no matter how many different meters were being played by different instruments at any given time, the band still swung and the arrangement shifted shape on you until it dropped back into another pile-driving groove that pulled you through the finishing stretch.

    Don's music has had a profound influence on my own, right down to the vocal-fry "hiccups", pinched-trachea bark and densley-structured compositions. Even the pseudonyms "Honky Gabacho" and "The Jugband Cannibala" that I record and perform under are the funhouse-mirror reflections of what "Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band" gave to me across some thirty-year divide, via their uncompromising vision of propulsion, mischief, menace and joy.

    I only wish I could've thanked the man myself while he was still here.

    Mercy and love to Don's friends, family, and partners in my artistic education.

  48. *Captain Beefheart Paints Tinsel cross My Sunset Skies*

    He saw so much of what I saw
    growing up desert girdle of Los Angeles
    1950s California
    when Long Beach to Pasadena
    and down to Tijuana
    it was strawberry fields and orange groves
    and pasteboard box suburbs

    Griffith Park Observatory
    the last scene of Rebel Without a Cause
    Hollywood
    the town that never really was.

    Watts dead coral reef spires of junk
    and rebar that reach
    the bronze statue of the naked kid surfer
    at Huntington Beach

    He saw so much of what I saw
    that with him gone
    my world is half forgotten.

    I know where his twisty melodies and
    werewolf barking through
    the whiskey bottles and weeds
    set sidewalks rolling like a dropped hose

    on the lawn.
    and I know this cold old Christmas
    The Captain is really gone.

    Leo Rivers on not wanting to hear what Santa had to say

    (Leo Rivers is the pen name of this guy Harald Sundt)

  49. Rest in peace Captain, here, our condolences to Jan and all Beefheart fans, from two brothers way down south, Argentina, where the echoes and howls of Don are still inspiring and leading the way to great art. Thank you for everything, you were our mentor.

    Maximiliano Lopez Barrios
    Buenos Aires, Argentina

  50. At my wedding eight years ago, I played "Magic Be" as I walked down the aisle with my soon to be wife.

    Magic Be in Magic,
    Magic Be in Sunshine,
    Magic Be in Moonlight
    Magic Be in You and Me
    Magic be in Every Hour
    Darling You're with Me.

    Magic Be in Captain Beefheart

  51. First heard the Captain on the 'Zapped' album I ordered through the mail for $1.00 as an ll-year-old back in '73. It was love at first listen, and the deeper I delved into his music, the deeper that love grew.

    Thank you, Jan, for loving and supporting him, especially in the years when he's needed it most. The earth is a less special space without Don (Van) Vliet drawing breath on it, but his music and art will continue to move humans as long as there are humans to be moved.

    -Perry Amberson, Oklahoma City, OK, USA

  52. I loved Captain Beefheart not only for his music, but also for his magical persona. He had the best quotes. This is by far my favorite quote ever:

    "There are only forty people in the world and five of them are hamburgers."

    I'm also fond of this one:
    "I'm not really here, I just stick around for my friends."

    We're all glad that Don stuck around as long as he did. He will be missed.

  53. I grew up as a young child in the 1970's listening to Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band. My Father was a big fan and took me to several of his concerts starting at the age of five. I am now in my thirties and still love listening to the creative lyrics,rhythms and tones. These sounds are so unique and mentally soothing to the open minded listener. His art and music has influenced the art and the music I create. I am sure that I am among many with similar experiences. Don was a modern Leonardo Da Vinci of his time. His mark on this world was a positive one for me and he will be dearly missed.

    Dylan Mackey

    American Artist

  54. the dust blows forward and the dust blows back, and up the canyons…fast and bulbous, bulbous also tapered… I zipped down my guitar..sadly, we have lost a true original, The Captain was one of a kind…I remember seeing him at Yale in the Seventies-a Circus monkey act was the opening band and then Rockette Morton came out and opened the show with a fifteen minute bass solo…I am grateful that I have kept my original Clear Spot album, that came in a clear plastic record jacket. Many great musiacal memories from over the years, the Captain will br sorely missed, RIP

  55. I loved the Captain's music and lyrics, esp Trout Mask and Decals, and his paintings were stunning. But mainly, I just loved the Captain. I often felt his poetry was speaking to me alone, but of course I knew he had a rabid following, especially over in the UK. And in true avant garde fashion, much of his work was hilarious! In my view, along with Bob Dylan he was the best the US had to offer, and I suppose many of my brothers in the UK will agree with that.

  56. “Tin Teardrops or A Captain Beefheart Remembrance:

    I remember downtown Boston
    I was in high school
    One Saturday night inside a Kenmore Square record shop
    Which has since burnt down
    They were playing 'Trout Mask Replica'
    And I thought I had heard my own inner voice
    I had never heard the album before — or anything like it on a record
    I bought the album then and there
    and never turned back
    bringing it and other Beefheart and Frank Zappa albums — especially the latter's We're Only in it for the Money and Overnite Sensation — to my friends
    We camped during the summers in Maine and New Hampshire and drank and fished and walked through the woods reciting entire songs from Trout Mask Replica.
    We had the tape in my friend Don's Ford Topaz
    We were forever moved
    & I'll never forget that first time, walking in deserted carnival town
    with that tape deck and a bottle
    & I'll never hear everything that Don Van Vliet was singing about
    Not in this lifetime

    – Jeff Schwachter, Dec. 18, 2010

    Read remembrance article here: http://tinyurl.com/2746chn

  57. I'm utterly distraught. I loved you Don, and innumerable others did also…

    I can't find the words to fit, you were the evolved being. You attempted to save us from being smelly unevolved grunting apelike fiends… but we didn't listen.

    I'm sorry. I love you.

    Rest in peace Don.

    To Jan, I'm so sorry I cannot comprehend the hurt and pain you're experiencing. I'm just sorry. Sorry.

    We are here for you. Although that means little, please be reassured Don will live forever.

    RIP. Beautiful Don.

  58. without beefheart, I would not have met my wife. what else to say? the music changed my brain. I love you Don.

  59. Im from Patagonia, Argentina.
    Im really shocked, Im crying, I have 25 years and never saw him, but I love this artist.
    He Is my artistic God.
    Im sad,
    Jan & everybody who loved him:
    I imagine his vibrations floating in the space, making music

  60. Jan. Thank you for taking care of Don and thank you for taking care of our Captain.

  61. R.I.P Don Van Vliet. My life would be woefully different without his music, art and ideas… Changed my thinking for the better. Thanks Captain!

    Sympathies to Jan and those who knew him.

    / Jeremy Belinfante

  62. so moving to find so many shared and appreciated this man's determined and creative dedication to self expression and affirmation. May many learn and follow from his example, in their own unique ways. RIP
    gp

  63. Aw man, what can I say?
    I've been bombarded with messages from friends, some I haven't heard from in ages, who all knew how much Don meant to me.

    So long Don. I still have have the music, I still have the pictures.

    Jan – I'm sorry for your loss.

    xNulsh

  64. I have loved his music for years. I was first blown away when I heard Peel play Ice Cream For crow. It has been a long and interesting journey since.

  65. I was saddened to hear of the Captains passing.

    I'm in my late 40's and was diagnosed with MS 9 years ago. Though I am currently symptom free, what the future holds for me is unknown.

    It's so sad that he had to deal with this crippling disease. We can only hope that Don is in a better place.

    Thanks for everything you have given us.

    May you rest in peace.

  66. I got into the captain via john peel at the time of ice cream for crow and worked backwards from there,so sad to hear of his passing.

  67. Captain Beefheart inspired me to pick up a pen and write and draw, he's the closest thing I ever had to a hero. RIP DVV and thank you for making the World a better place.

  68. This was my initial reaction on hearing about Dons death sent to the Fireparty mailinglist. I was asked to post it here too, so here goes.

    "Went to bed early last night. For some reason I felt like playing all of "Doc"
    and getting wasted. Woke up to find three messages on my silent phone (from my
    mother and two of my best friends) telling me our Captain was no more.

    My parents are coming by later today. They will have to endure my day
    long Beefheart marathon, just like anyone coming to see me today. And no, I will
    not shut off that damned racket!

    There are some moments in your life that define you, as a person, a musician, a
    human. One of mine was walking into my guitar teachers' practice room. As every
    saturday, I would be early and he would be playing (along to) some music. That
    particular day, he was playing along to "Evening Bell". My head opened to the
    guitar by Hendrix at age five, at eight I felt my musical horizon shift.

    Not that I knew that then. I only found out ten years later the effect it had
    had upon me, when I encountered it during an evening of musical revelry. My
    friend Christiaan slapped on "Ice Cream For Crow". I shuddered and laughed at
    the recognition. "That's that amazing music, finally resurfaced!"

    Toll on, you evening bell, like you never have before. Your forger has passed.
    Ring out, ring out!"

  69. The sounds of the Captain have changed so many lives and minds. Thank you for forty four years of pleasure and may your memory live forever.
    Melusine.

  70. Don, Jan and the Magic Band were very nice to me and my buddies and invited us backstage on two occasions back in 1971, 1972, and was a real gentleman. He signed my library card "Love Over Gold" and I have always tried to do that. His influence on my art has been huge. Thanks Don.

  71. Condolences and best wishes to fans, friends, and family.

    We fans have been so alone, so isolated, and so lucky. The music stopped decades ago but it's still inexhaustible.

    I was able to see him 3 times in Atlanta. Live, they rocked harder than can be imagined, they blew the roof off all 3 times. (The Jethro Tull fans didn't quite "get it" at Municipal Auditorium.)

    The Beefheart legacy reminds me of 2001 the movie. You'll see something brand new and know it came from 2001. Ditto Beefheart: a riff on the radio and you know it's from the Captain and the Magic Band.

    Musicians get out there and play this music.

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