Billy Burnette Reveals Bob Dylan’s Secret Message Behind His ‘Hood’

Having a lengthy career as Billy Burnette also means having numerous stories to tell. For instance, the guitarist toured with Bob Dylan in 2003. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Burnette disclosed how Dylan would disappear from the public eye while touring the world and what it meant when Bob had his hood on.

Burnette has collaborated with numerous icons, but it might be safe to say that Dylan might take the lead to become one of the most exciting musicians Billy has ever worked with. So, as Rolling Stone mentioned how Bob would vanish from the public eye during the tours, the guitarist discussed what not to do with the singer when he had his hood on.

“He went out and ran every day,” Burnette said as he disclosed what it was like to be on tour with Dylan. “I’d see him in his sweats in the hotel, but he’s slippery. He can walk in an airport… they lost him one day. They couldn’t find him anywhere. I’m in this little gift shop, and I turn around, and there he is. He goes, ‘Hi, Billy.’ I was like, ‘How did you get in here?’ He moves around. It’s a weird thing.”

Burnette then revealed how one should stay away from Bob when he has his hood on. He explained, “When he wears the hood, you’re not supposed to talk to him. I didn’t know that until one day, we were in line to get on a plane at the airport. I tapped him on the shoulder. The drummer said, ‘No, no. He doesn’t talk to anyone when he’s got the hood on.’ I was like, ‘Okay. I’m glad you told me.’”

So, if a well-known figure like Bob Dylan could disappear in airports unrecognized, we might need to get some spying classes from the rock icon. And, a bit of friendly advice: if you happen to run into Bob one day, and if the singer has his hood on, you better not talk to him.