They call it a concert series. In fact, it is not a concert series, it is an "Event" of great magnitude. Bob Dylan and his band will be wintering in Australia, gracing some of the country's most prominent venues with his timeless artistry and music that has spanned six decades. As part of his tour, Dylan and his band will be appearing at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Sunday 31st August starting at 7:30 pm.
It is very difficult to measure the immense influence Bob Dylan has had over the music industry during his 55 year career. During the late 60s, Bob Dylan was the conscience and voice of an American culture that was caught in a war and rapidly changing society. Today, Dylan is still making music that has fans hoping his career will go on forever.
Bob Dylan was born "Robert Allen Zimmerman" on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. His love for music blossomed in high school when he started writing and performing as part of several different bands with assorted classmates. By the early 60s, Dylan was making periodic appearances at clubs around Greenwich. It was here that Dylan was exposed to American folk music. He discovered that writing music was more about telling a story. As far as performing, Dylan was acutely aware of the "rough edges" to his voice. Many of his early songs actually did better on the charts when covered by other artists such as Joan Baez.
By the mid 1960s, both Dylan and his good friend Baez began to get involved in social issues such as the civil rights movement and the war in Vietnam. His music began to reflect his own cynicism and the general civil unrest in America. His third album, The Times They Are a-Changin', would end up establishing Dylan as the appointed voice of a generation that was speaking out against civil wrongs.
With his 1965 release of Bringing It All Back Home, Dylan signaled a move to a pop/rock/folk style of music. The album featured many highly acclaimed songs such as "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" and the timeless classic "Mr. Tambourine Man". With the release of his signature endeavor "Like a Rolling Stone" in 1965, Dylan secured his place amongst one of the most important musicians of his or any other generation.
Over his extensive career, Dylan has released more than 50 albums and participated in the making of countless others with some of the biggest names in music. He has won Grammy Awards, Golden Globe Awards and one Oscar for Best Song in 2001, "Things Have Changed" from the hit movie Wonder Boys. He has also made his mark as a poet, author and artist (primarily painting and sketching). Dylan will always be remembered for his influence over young Americans who were looking for someone who could stand as a symbol of a new day dawning.
As Australians prepare for Dylan's appearances "Down Under", they will be quick to realise that Dylan's music is not bound by time or genre. His unique style and voice is something to behold. His presence of stage is larger than life, and the stage is where he shines. This is a man who has performed with the likes of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Bono, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and Neil Young.
This is indeed an "Event". Australian fans are sure to be treated to classics such as "Highlands" and "Highway 61 Revisited", as well as some of the titles mentioned above. Fans will also hear his latest efforts from the 2012 album release Tempest. The Adelaide Entertainment Centre is proud to have been selected as one of the venues to host one of the world's most renowned singers/songwriters. This is an event that music lovers must circle on their calendar. There is nothing like wintertime in Australia.