Bob Dylan Not Coming To Rotorua is not the catchiest of headlines but he’s also Not Coming To Auckland, and he is coming closer to Rotorua than Auckland. Why? The answer, my friend, is blowing on the ice. You see, the 73yo legend announced his tour way after Disney on Ice had Vector Stadium booked for the August date Mr Zimmermann planned to be in town.
He will now be playing the 6000 capacity Claudelands Arena in Hamilton on Saturday, August 9 and that’s less than 90 minutes from Rotorua.
This is Dylan’s third visit to New Zealand in seven years and with bands/artists usually you can predict what fans should expect. Not so with Bob Dylan - in concert he can be excellent – you never 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’.
Still, there won’t be too many more tours one would imagine and audiences will undoubtedly be treated to a few new tracks from his current 36th studio album plus more hits than you could poke a harmonica at including 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.
Of course, if you don’t feel like the drive, you could check in to Rydges Rotorua and ponder those age old questions like, how many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man? Or indeed, how many times must a drunk fall down before you call him a cab?