Bob Dylan has announced nine shows in the UK during November.
He’ll play three gigs each at Glasgow’s Clyde Auditorium (November 18, 19, 20), Blackpool’s Opera House (November 22, 23, 24) and London’s Royal Albert Hall (26, 27, 28).
The last set of shows will mark Dylan’s first appearances at the Albert Hall since his controversial 1966 tour just after he’d adopted electric instrumentation. A bootleg recording during the tour includes a fan can be shouting “Judas!” leading Dylan to tell his bandmates: “Play it fucking loud.” It’s often said the recording was made at the Albert Hall, but it was actually in Manchester’s Free Trade Hall.
The veteran singer-songwriter was last month approved to be shortlisted for France’s highest honour, the Legion d’Honneur. In 2012 he was awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Meanwhile, a book started by Dylan’s late road manager is set to be published via a Kickstarter campaign. Victor Maymudes worked with the musician from 1961 until 2000, and recorded 24 hours of anecdotes before dying of a brain aneurysm in 2001.
His son Jake, who’s behind the campaign, says: “He could tell stories until your ear fell off.” Episodes include Maymudes buying weed for Dylan and the Beatles, working at the Newport Folk Festival and touring Europe in 1966.