Bob Dylan in search of lost time

Bob Dylan in search of lost time


It can not be said that Bob Dylan exaggerated when he decided to baptize his tour as "Neverending Tour" in 1988, although surely someone raised an eyebrow like "less wolves". Well, the young man of 77 has been with this endless bet for 30 years, jumping from city to city, sleeping on the road, going out to do his thing either in Malaga or Helsinki, saving himself the effort of knowing how to say good night in the local language. What is the secret design pursued by the American will remain unknown. Whether it is a divine mandate or a penance is something that has never wanted to specify the most misanthrope of the geniuses, but Dylan, like Sisyphus, persists pushing the tour of the planet earth. Next year, again, will make a stop in Spain (a country that we can only assume that you like, although it is very possible that you have no opinion about it) and not in any way: your regular promoter in the peninsula has announced eight appointments with that of Minesotta next year: Pamplona, ​​Bilbao, Gijón, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Fuengirola, Murcia and Valencia will be the stops of their caravan between April and May. In the last quarter of a century, Dylan has only expressed himself in writing (sparingly) and through his records in the form of declarations of love to the American songbook. But he does not take the floor even when the script demands it: remember the speech of the Nobel, which he sent in audio in case and that was finally read by Patti Smith in a delivery ceremony turned into opera buffa and to which, of course, Dylan did not come. For the Nobel was not available, but if you have to act in Gijón or its German equivalent (for example, Brunswick, where it goes in 2019), there is punctual. He has decided that his songs are not as important as what is known as the «Great American Songbook», the Great American Songbook, which drinks from jazz and «rhythm and blues», classics previous to the emergence of rock and roll, that precisely he contributed lyrical height and social impact. But that does not interest him anymore. He prefers standards that sound black and white and were sung in the 30s and 40s of the last century by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Glen Miller, Sarah Vaughan, Judy Garland and Dinah Washington. This show, which in Madrid has already led to places such as the Palace of Sports or the National Auditorium, aims to be a "melancholic vindication of nostalgia not lived", according to its promoter. A kind of search for lost time, or the past that he would like to have lived had he not been making history or simply a desire to go back to childhood. Nobody knows and he does not intend to tell us.

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