Friday, April 24, 2009

Dylan playing AZ in August!

In the immediate future, Bob Dylan will: 1. Release his 33rd studio album, Together For Life; 2. Turn 68 years old; 3. Embark on another summer tour of minor league baseball stadia, and for the first time on such a tour play in Arizona.

That's right friends, on Aug. 11, you can find me at someplace called Camelback Ranch in Glendale. Oh, and Dylan is bringing along a couple friends - Willie Nelson and John Cougar Mellencamp (Do you think the Coug knew that 30 years after adopting the nickname that it'd see common use as slang for a sexy older woman on the prowl? I doubt it.)

Barring any unforeseen hitches, this will be my 11th Dylan show, the first in two years. It's a shame he's not playing in Tucson, given that our very own minor league ballpark is completely empty for the entire summer (screw you Reno!). And Glendale's new park is technically a spring training facility, not a minor league one, but it's essentially the same. I'm betting this is the first concert for Camelback Ranch (stupid name), which stole the White Sox from Tucson this year.

I'm curious and excited to hear this new album, and also how Dylan brings some of the new songs to the stage. Will Dylan and Willie play together? These minor league ballpark tours started in 2004 and each year I looked at the schedule just wishing one would come out West. I think the closest one of those shows to Tucson in the past was Kansas City. And this trio will be together sharing one stage for the first time since Farm Aid in 1985. Not too bad, not too bad.

Bob Dylan - All Along The Watchtower (2006-04-08 Sun City)
Bob Dylan & Willie Nelson - Pancho & Lefty (live)
John Cougar Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett - Pink Houses (live)

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