Posted in music | tour dates on June 17, 2011

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan has added more North American dates this summer after he returns from his European tour. The tour doesn't exactly come through NYC but it hits Bethel Woods Center on August 12 in Bethel, NY. Tickets go on sale Saturday (6/18) at 10 AM and are available for pre-sale now with the code "snoopy." All dates below.

In other Bob Dylan news, his "China controversy" has been recently cleared up:

"Allow me to clarify a couple of things about this so-called China controversy which has been going on for over a year. First of all, we were never denied permission to play in China. This was all drummed up by a Chinese promoter who was trying to get me to come there after playing Japan and Korea. My guess is that the guy printed up tickets and made promises to certain groups without any agreements being made. We had no intention of playing China at that time, and when it didn't happen most likely the promoter had to save face by issuing statements that the Chinese Ministry had refused permission for me to play there to get himself off the hook. If anybody had bothered to check with the Chinese authorities, it would have been clear that the Chinese authorities were unaware of the whole thing.

We did go there this year under a different promoter. According to Mojo magazine the concerts were attended mostly by ex-pats and there were a lot of empty seats. Not true. If anybody wants to check with any of the concert-goers they will see that it was mostly Chinese young people that came. Very few ex-pats if any. The ex-pats were mostly in Hong Kong not Beijing. Out of 13,000 seats we sold about 12,000 of them, and the rest of the tickets were given away to orphanages. The Chinese press did tout me as a sixties icon, however, and posted my picture all over the place with Joan Baez, Che Guevara, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. The concert attendees probably wouldn't have known about any of those people. Regardless, they responded enthusiastically to the songs on my last 4 or 5 records. Ask anyone who was there. They were young and my feeling was that they wouldn't have known my early songs anyway.

As far as censorship goes, the Chinese government had asked for the names of the songs that I would be playing. There's no logical answer to that, so we sent them the set lists from the previous 3 months. If there were any songs, verses or lines censored, nobody ever told me about it and we played all the songs that we intended to play.

Everybody knows by now that there's a gazillion books on me either out or coming out in the near future. So I'm encouraging anybody who's ever met me, heard me or even seen me, to get in on the action and scribble their own book. You never know, somebody might have a great book in them." - Bob Dylan

All tour dates below...

Bob Dylan -- 2011 Tour Dates
Thu 06/16/11 Cork, Ireland Docklands
Sat 06/18/11 London, United Kingdom Finsbury Park
Mon 06/20/11 Tel Aviv, Israel Ramat Gan Stadium
Wed 06/22/11 Milan, Italy Alcatraz Appearing at "Sursee Summer Sound"
Fri 06/24/11 Sursee, Switzerland Sursee Ssummer Sound Festival Grounds
Sat 06/25/11 Mainz, Germany Mainzer Volkspark
Sun 06/26/11 Hamburg, Germany Freilichtbuhne Stadtpark
Mon 06/27/11 Odense, Denmark Funen Village
Wed 06/29/11 Bergen, Norway Bergenhus Festning
Thu 06/30/11 Oslo, Norway Oslo Spektrum Arena ANS
Sat 07/02/11 Borlange, Sweden Peace & Love Festival Grounds
Thu 07/14/11 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
Fri 07/15/11 Costa Mesa, CA Pacific Amphitheatre
Sat 07/16/11 Las Vegas, NV Pearl Concert Theater
Mon 07/18/11 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
Tue 07/19/11 Tucson, AZ Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheatre
Thu 07/21/11 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Albuquerque
Thu 07/21/11 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion
Sat 07/23/11 Thackerville, OK Winstar World Casino
Sun 07/24/11 New Braunfels, TX Whitewater Amphitheatre
Tue 07/26/11 New Orleans, LA Lakefront Arena
Wed 07/27/11 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Civic Center
Thu 07/28/11 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Sat 07/30/11 Memphis, TN Mud Island Amphitheatre
Mon 08/01/11 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
Tue 08/02/11 Evansville, IN Roberts Stadium
Wed 08/03/11 Toledo, OH Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre
Fri 08/05/11 Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion For The Perf. Arts
Sat 08/06/11 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion At Nautica
Sun 08/07/11 Rochester, MI Meadow Brook Music Festival
Tue 08/09/11 Canandaigua, NY Constellation Brands - Marvin Sands PAC (CMAC)
Wed 08/10/11 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain
Fri 08/12/11 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
Fri 08/19/11 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion
Sat 08/20/11 Bangor, ME Downtown Bangor / Bangor Waterfront



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Comments (21)

great last paragraph.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 8:48 AM

Work it Bobby. Memphis and Nashville run. Nice.

Posted by Chop Cow | June 17, 2011 8:58 AM

Good response by Dylan.

People need to stop holding him to his laurels. He is not the Dylan of 1964 anymore. He hasn't been for a long time. I look at Dylan now and Dylan then as two completely different, unrelated people.

Now I'll get started on that book.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 8:58 AM

jonh waters has really let himself go

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 9:38 AM

wow 9:38, very good mustache recognition, you must be a savant, you dummy

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 9:42 AM

jonh waters huh?
i guess a comment thread is never complete without an idiot or twelve chiming in

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 10:02 AM

Jones beach 8/13

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 10:07 AM

Close, but the correct answer is "Vincent Price has really let himself go".

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 10:07 AM

jack white has really let himself go

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 10:20 AM

Dylan has never really cared about politics. But that said. Why was there a "controversy" about Dylan playing China but not Israel?

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 10:24 AM

that was not written by bob dylan

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 10:45 AM

"Close, but the correct answer is "Vincent Price has really let himself go"."

Well, since Vincent Price is dead, that is FAR from the correct answer.

It's okay. Enjoy your stupidity. Hahahaha, MONGOLOID derrrrrrrr...

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 10:56 AM

Actually the correct answer would be:

Vincent Price is looking pretty good, FOR A DEAD GUY.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 11:15 AM

Hello, I deify Bob Dylan, so like my other humorless brethren here I take offense when you mock his moustache.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 11:22 AM

"Vincent Price is looking pretty good, FOR A DEAD GUY."

But the guy in the picture is alive, see.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 11:46 AM

Robyn has let himself go

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 12:05 PM

"Jones beach 8/13"

Any truth to that? Their website says the previously scheduled (NY Pops) show at Jones Beach on 8/13 was cancelled and nothing on Dylan's calendar.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 12:09 PM


holmdel 8/14 too

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 12:36 PM

The guy in the picture looks pretty dead to me.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2011 12:38 PM

Haha, touche!

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2011 6:28 PM

How the fk did I miss Dylan, yes have seen in past n after last cranky night said no mas! Was I crazzxyy? He'll yes! Hope he continues the never ending tour, so I can vibe the colors of his mind, one more time, I use to care, n still do!

Posted by Jimitits | October 18, 2011 3:55 AM

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