Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Bob Dylan is in Europe

Bob Dylan and his Band started their European tour with concerts in Stockholm on Sunday and Monday nights. The setlists have been rich with old favorites and rarities but the highlight occurred the first night when Dylan broke out "Billy", a song he never before played live. The performance, audio only, is on YouTube at the moment. This song was part of the soundtrack for the 1973 "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" Western directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring James Coburn and Kris Kristofferson. Bob Dylan, who acted (though that may not be the correct word in this case) composed multiple songs for the movie's score and the soundtrack album was released the same year.

He played seventeen songs each night and of these fourteen were different the second night. This tour ends in Dublin on 5th and 6th of May. I'll be there both nights and maybe at a UK concert as well. Tour details, set lists and reviews here.

The other Dylan news of course is the new album. More details are trickling out. The album title is Together Through Life. The release date in Europe is Monday, 27 April. The cover artwork is a photograph by Bruce Davidson.

Dylan's 46th release is his first studio album since 2006's Modern Times and it's making was prompted when he recorded a track "Life Is Hard" for the forthcoming film ‘My Own Love’, starring Renee Zellweger and Forest Whitaker.

Comments after a first listen here. Best site for all Dylan news is expecting rain.

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