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Bob Dylan concert in Swansea to mark centenary of poet’s birth moves a step closer

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 08, 2013

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A BOB Dylan concert in Swansea has moved a step closer after his manager requested a summer 2014 date.

The legendary American singer songwriter, who changed his name from Robert Zimmerman to honour his favourite poet, Dylan Thomas, has been mulling over an invitation to perform from Swansea West MP Geraint Davies.

Mr Davies asked if he would perform at the city’s Liberty Stadium to mark the centenary of poet Dylan’s Cwmdonkin Drive birth in 2014. Now it has emerged the singer would prefer a summer gig because the autumn months might be too cold and wet.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Davies said: “Well, the times they are a-changing, and I have had a letter from Bob Dylan’s manager to say that he would prefer to perform in the summer.”

Mr Davies asked if Commons Leader Andrew Lansley — “as the House’s ‘Mr Tambourine Man’” — would attend the concert, to which he replied he thought the sun always shone on Swansea.

The concert, if it takes place, would form an important part a nationwide celebration of the Dylan Thomas centenary.

Mr Davies told the Post he now believed a Bob Dylan concert in Swansea was “being actively considered”. He added: “It would be a much more successful event if it was held in the summer, which is what we’re now talking about, and I’m giving some encouragement for that to go ahead. The impression I get is they’re trying to make it work. Bob Dylan has just done a European tour and is planning another in October/November 2014, so his manager is looking at a date before that.

“I’m sure Dylan fans, especially in the Swansea area, would love to see him weave some Dylan Thomas words into his performance, so watch this space.”

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  • keefboff  |  February 09 2013, 1:32PM

    Bob Dylan photograph © KEITH BAUGH

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  • immigrant1  |  February 09 2013, 12:43PM

    old has-been plays swansea. yawn.

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