Bob Dylan to play 3 nights near old stomping grounds

Bob Dylan's The Basement Tapes

Lost in the analysis of Bob Dylan’s biography is the fact that Dylan’s relationship with his hometown of Hibbing, his birth town of Duluth and Minneapolis, the town where he went to college for a time, is pretty much the same as that of any artistic kid who made it big in New York and L.A. He’s from here. The influence of those years shows up in his work. As he’s aged he’s demonstrated some appropriate nostalgia for these places. But he doesn’t come here much, and not for long. What more is there to say?

This fall Bob Dylan will play three consecutive nights in Minneapolis, the longest stay, at least publicly, in his home state in quite some time. MPR’s The Current blog reports Dylan will play Nov. 4, 5 & 6 at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis. The first show coincides with the first-ever full release of Dylan’s famous “Basement Tapes” recorded with The Band just after Dylan had recovered from a near-fatal motorcycle accident in the late 1960s. These tapes have been bootlegged before, and Dylan has introduced some of the songs in different version on different albums; but for Dylan fans, the full and official release of the Basement Tapes is a huge deal.

And Bob Dylan will be bringin’ it all back home, so to speak, the day it drops.

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