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Bob Dylan ponders Swansea gig for centenary of poet Dylan Thomas

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

By geraint thomas

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THE times they are a-changing...or so it seems as Bob Dylan could play a concert in Swansea in honour of our most famous son.

Anyone who has listened to the lyrics of the legendary American singer-songwriter will realise he has poetry in his soul, but not everyone knows that, born as Robert Zimmerman, he changed his name to honour his favourite poet, Dylan Thomas.

The fact has been placed firmly in the spotlight again thanks to Swansea West MP Geraint Davies who, ahead of a nationwide planned celebration of the centenary of Dylan's Cwmdonkin Drive, Uplands, birth next year, raised the matter in Parliament.

Addressing the House through Andrew Lansley, the leader of the House of Commons, he said: "Bob Dylan named himself after Dylan Thomas. We in Swansea will celebrate the centenary of Dylan Thomas's birth in 2014, and I have asked Bob Dylan whether he would be prepared to give a centenary concert in Swansea in order that he could blend his music with Dylan Thomas's poetry.

"Sony Music has come back and said that Mr Dylan is thinking very positively about the idea."

Jumping on a chance to crack a pun while further publicising our city, he added: "Would the Leader of the House welcome such a concert, and does he agree that it would add to the reputation of Swansea, the popularity of Bob Dylan and the legacy of Dylan Thomas? Also, would the Leader of the House be interested in coming along, or is his answer "Blowing in the Wind"?

Mr Lansley replied: "If I can attend, I will do so, and I will look forward to it."

Anne Haden, who oversees Dylan's childhood home, said: "Bob Dylan epitomises the influence that Dylan had on the performing world. I think it's fantastic that he may be coming to Swansea and I hope that he stays in Dylan's house."

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