ZEUS NEWS —Bob Dylan, legendary singer-songwriter and Nobel Laureate, may be just under a year from his first performance since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Buddy Holly Hall in Lubbock, Texas is selling tickets, with the promise that Bob Dylan is scheduled to play at the Helen DeVitt Jones Theater on 31 May 2022 at 8:00 PM. As of this writing tickets are still available.
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This will also be the first Bob Dylan concert since the release of his album Rough and Rowdy Ways. The Pulitzer Prize-winner’s 39th studio album received widespread praise and positive reviews and became the second-highest rated album of 2020.
With the pandemic impacting concerts worldwide, all Bob Dylan concerts in Japan for the spring of 2020 were postponed after consulting with the Japanese government.
The Oscar-winning Dylan’s last public performance prior to the newly scheduled May 2022 concert was an online broadcast through the Veeps network called Shadow Kingdom which was hailed by many as a revolution in music broadcasting. Dylan played numbers from his back catalogue with the latest song being “What Was It You Wanted” from 1989’s Oh Mercy.
Zeus News Correspondent Alyson Camus said “This could be one of the premier concerts of all time for Bob Dylan fans. It’s difficult to believe an 80-year-old could still be a force of nature but Bob Dylan is ageless. Bassist Tony Garnier said the pre-pandemic shows were among the best of all Dylan shows, so this concert is certain to be a marvel to behold”.
The choice of venue for the concert is hardly coincidental. Buddy Holly has always influenced Bob Dylan and his music. In his Nobel Prize Lecture Dylan had this to say about the Peggy Sue singer:
If I was to go back to the dawning of it all, I guess I’d have to start with Buddy Holly. Buddy died when I was about eighteen and he was twenty-two. From the moment I first heard him, I felt akin. I felt related, like he was an older brother. I even thought I resembled him. Buddy played the music that I loved – the music I grew up on: country western, rock ‘n’ roll, and rhythm and blues. Three separate strands of music that he intertwined and infused into one genre. One brand. And Buddy wrote songs – songs that had beautiful melodies and imaginative verses. And he sang great – sang in more than a few voices. He was the archetype. Everything I wasn’t and wanted to be. I saw him only but once, and that was a few days before he was gone. I had to travel a hundred miles to get to see him play, and I wasn’t disappointed.
He was powerful and electrifying and had a commanding presence. I was only six feet away. He was mesmerizing. I watched his face, his hands, the way he tapped his foot, his big black glasses, the eyes behind the glasses, the way he held his guitar, the way he stood, his neat suit. Everything about him. He looked older than twenty-two. Something about him seemed permanent, and he filled me with conviction. Then, out of the blue, the most uncanny thing happened. He looked me right straight dead in the eye, and he transmitted something. Something I didn’t know what. And it gave me the chills.
I think it was a day or two after that that his plane went down. And somebody – somebody I’d never seen before – handed me a Leadbelly record with the song “Cottonfields” on it. And that record changed my life right then and there. Transported me into a world I’d never known. It was like an explosion went off. Like I’d been walking in darkness and all of the sudden the darkness was illuminated. It was like somebody laid hands on me. I must have played that record a hundred times.
Watch the entire Bob Dylan Nobel Lecture:
Bob Dylan, a winner of the Nobel Prize, an Academy Award, a Pulitzer Prize, multiple Grammy awards, a Golden Globe, and the US Presidential Medal of Freedom was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 by Bruce Springsteen. He has frequently been characterised as the voice of a generation (or more than one), a musical prodigy, and a cultural icon. Dylan has his own brand of whiskey, Heaven’s Door, and a musical using his back catalogue, Girl from the North Country, has been performed at The Old Vic, the Noël Coward Theatre, and on Broadway and was released to critical acclaim.
Dylan has performed in the presence of Martin Luther King Jr, popes, members of Royal families across the world, and presidents of the US as well as tens of millions of fans worldwide over his 60-year career. He released three albums devoted to Frank Sinatra covers to celebrate the Great American Songbook. He crafts gates and other sculptures out of iron from his Black Buffalo Ironworks Studio and his paintings and artwork have been exhibited worldwide.
Note: This article has been edited to reflect the change of the concert date to May 2022
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