For nearly 60 years, Dylan has been composing and singing music. Clearly, he has had a significant impact on the music business and the musicians that came after him. Duritz is just one of these individuals. He did, however, state that he had never met Dylan.
Adam Duritz adores Bob Dylan, “I was around him a few times, we opened for him and I saw him,” Duritz revealed to American Songwriter. “But I don’t always rush to meet my idols because I don’t know what the f*** to say to them. And I don’t want to stand in front of them like an idiot and I’ve done that with some of my idols. [I] stood in front of them like a f***ing idiot who couldn’t think of anything to say. So, I’m not always rushing to do that.”
He mentioned that he had difficulty meeting individuals such as Bruce Springsteen, who was kind and honest with him. Dylan, who is considered to be a little more prickly, would be more challenging to talk to.
“So, I wasn’t rushing to talk to Bob Dylan, who is famous for being difficult to talk to because I know how much trouble I have with Bruce, who is, quite honestly, quite easy to talk to and a nice guy,” he explained. “I don’t know. I have my idols and I admire them to the ends of the earth, but I’m not always trying to talk.”
Bob Dylan slammed the band.
Dylan and Duritz may have had an awkward chat, as per Dylan’s old touring guitarist César Daz. While talking about Counting Crows, Daz remarked that he understood Duritz was a big admirer. “I would go … ‘Bob, the guy from the Counting Crows, he wants to be you,’” Díaz said, per Vulture. “And that was before they did that ‘Mr. Jones’ thing, you know.”
Duritz’s remarks did not greatly affect Dylan. “He goes, ‘Yeah, look at them. What a piece of s***.’”
However, Counting Crows did get in touch with one Dylan family member. The Wallflowers, the band led by Dylan’s son Jakob, have previously shared the stage with the group. Early in their careers, Duritz and Jakob became friends.