In one of the most highly anticipated cultural milestones involving 20th-century music to rock fans and critics alike, Bob Dylan‘s The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 was released by Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings on Nov. 4th. Compiled from meticulously restored original tapes—many discovered recently—the monumental six-disc set marks the definitive chronicle of Dylan’s legendary 1967 recording sessions with members of his touring ensemble, aka The Band.
Fresh off the heels of this long-awaited historic release, which also includes never-before-seen video footage and a three-LP set, the renowned singer-songwriter makes his debut at Heinz Hall on Thurs., Nov. 20th. Diehard Dylan devotees and new acolytes alike will not want to pass up this rare opportunity to see the Bard of rock & roll perform at the 2,600-seat venue Downtown. Dylan’s well versed five-band reportedly now features Charlie Sexton on guitar.
A tireless troubadour and performer (his rigorous live schedule has been dubbed the “Never Ending Tour”), Dylan is currently on the road in the US and Canada, after playing dates in Australia, New Zealand and Europe over the summer. During a recent show in Providence, RI, Dylan and his Band performed everything from “Blowin’ In The Wind” (1962) and “Simple Twist Of Fate” (1975), to “Things Have Changed” (2000) and “High Water/For Charley Patton” (2001).
With a prolific and ever-evolving career that spans 50 years and 30-plus albums, Dylan truly seems to embody the famed title of D. A. Pennebaker’s 1967 documentary film about him, Don’t Look Back, a line lifted from his own song “She Belongs To Me” from the 1965 album, Bringing It All Back Home. Always challenging both his own artistic voice, and public perceptions about him, Dylan’s authentic musical vision includes significant contributions to music and poetry, including albums that span folk, early amplified rock, country, blues, gospel, rockabilly, swing and more.
Featured in the Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century and numerous Rolling Stone lists, Dylan is the recipient of a 2008 Pulitzer Prize special citation and a 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Dylan has sold some 100 million records worldwide, and has been honored with a Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award.
Née Robert Allen Zimmerman in 1941 in Duluth, MN, Dylan has also published six books of drawings and paintings, and his work has been exhibited in leading international art galleries.
Presented by Opus One and PromoWest North Shore, Bob Dylan and his Band will start promptly at 8 p.m. There is no opening act, and there will be one intermission.
The concert is expected to sell out, so purchase tickets today.