THE RYDGES POST
The Bob Dylan tour dates were announced on his 73rd birthday and tickets go on sale on June 3. He’s a legend. He’s an enigma. He’s unpredictable. Live in concert he can be amazing – you don’t get a lot of chat and banter, but if the music is sitting right, you know you are in the room with a musical genius. In some concerts, however, Dylan looks positively uncomfortable – as Bill Bryson would say, as if he would rather be having ‘bowel surgery in the woods with a stick’. Unfortunately, that was the concert I last caught.
But why would he announce a tour if he didn’t want to do it? You get the feeling that he won’t be doing it because he’s struggling to pay the rent. And it’s not as if he’s trading on just a nostalgic fifty year old legacy – he is currently working on his 36th studio album and has released a tease single, Full Moon and Empty Arms.
Having said that, old folk/rock followers like me would be disappointed if he didn’t trot out some of the hits from the early years that include Blowin’ in the Wind, The Times They Are a-Changin’, Positively 4th Street, Maggie’s Farm, All Along the Watchtower, Like a Rolling Stone, Just Like a Woman, Lay Lady Lay, Hurricane and Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.
Mr Zimmermann kicks off this tour in Perth at the Riverside Theatre on August 13 and 14, then over to Melbourne for two shows at the Palais Theatre on August 18 and 19, up to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on August 25, to Canberra and the Royal Theatre on August 29, to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on August 31 and finishes the Australian leg at the State Theatre in Sydney on September 1 and 2. Dylan then heads across the ditch to play Christchurch on September 10. Rydges Hotels can look after your accommodation needs in all those cities.