News May 14, 2018

Bob Dylan returning to tour with 60 years of life-changing songs

Martin Heyman
Bob Dylan returning to tour with 60 years of life-changing songs

Bob Dylan, one of the greatest songwriters of our time, returns to Australia and New Zealand for an arena tour, after last performing a sold-out theatre run Down Under four years ago. 

Dylan songs such as ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’, ‘Like A Rolling Stone’, ‘Tangled Up In Blue’, ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ and ‘Girl From The North Country’ changed not just rock music but became social soundtracks.

He won a Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016.

His 50+ albums – including The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde and Nashville Skyline –  went on to sell 100 million records.

The 11x Grammy winner also received an Oscar for ‘Things Have Changed’ (Best Original Song), been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame and in 2012, was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

A just-released anthology, Dylan On Dylan: Interviews & Encounters, comes up with quotes from over 60 years which shows why he’s remained independent of thought:

Quote #1: “I don’t know anybody who’s made a record that sounds decent in the past 20 years, really. You listen to a lot of these modern records they’re atrocious…

“I remember when the Napster guy came up, it was like ‘Everybody’s gettin’ music for free!’ I was like, ‘Well, why not? It ain’t worth nothing.'”

Quote #2: “Come on, I ain’t going to march anywhere. I got things to do…

“ Hey, listen, do you see me in politics? Or am I anybody’s parents? Am I mother or father to anybody?

“Who do you think I’m supposed to be responsible for? I didn’t create any living person that walks around.”

Quote #: 3 “I’ve never heard that said [that he can’t sing] about Lou Reed. Why does he get to go scot-free?”

Dates and venues booked through Chugg Entertainment:

Wednesday August 8 – Perth Arena

Saturday August 11 – Botanic Park, Under The Grand Marquee, Adelaide

Monday August 13 – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne

Saturday August 18 – ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney

Monday August 20 – WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong

Wednesday August 22 – Newcastle Entertainment Centre

Friday August 24 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre

There are also shows in New Zealand, in Auckland and Christchurch.

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