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Friday, December 08, 2006

BOB DYLAN EURO TOUR DATES

Dylan has announced these tour dates for the UK:

Glasgow SECC, April 11
Newcastle Arena, April 12
Sheffield Arena, April 14
Wembley Arena, April 15
Birmingham National Indoor Arena, April 17

Tickets have gone on sale this morning at £37.50 each. Nothing could be more disappointing than this list of dreary, soulless venues: no Portsmouth Town Halls or Shepherd's Bushes this time. Why can't seeing Bob Dylan involve a bit of human dignity for the audience?

The other dates announced so far, all in Germany, top and tail the UK shows as follows:

Hamburg Color Line Arena, April 4
Münster Halle Münsterland, April 5
Düsseldorf Philipshalle, April 19
Stuttgart Porsche-Arena, April 20
Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle, April 21
Mannheim SAP-Arena, April 30
Leipzig Arena, May 2
Berlin Max-Schmeling-Halle, May 3.

I'm reliably informed that all these halls are also all "horrible faceless multi-function arenas". Further European shows will be announced later, with the tour starting in (late?) March. There's also a noticeable gap in the later German shows, between April 21 and April 30. Let's hope it's filled with some dates in Italy, where less unpleasant venues in beautiful cities are more likely (and usually cheaper). April in Italy... sounds good.

2 Comments:

Anonymous McHenry Boatride said...

You're so right. Saw Bobby in Portsmouth in 2000. First time that I had seen him live since Sheffield in '66, with the bonus that I was able to take my son (Bobby) to see him this time. (Did he play two nights in Portsmouth so that he could revist the Isle of Wight, or is that just my private theory?)

Brighton Centre the next year was just about OK (if a little on the large side), but Wembley Arena - no thanks. I guess that's the price of (renewed) fame.

10:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So true, Michael but we've been blessed with the odd venues Bob has chosen in at least two recent tours. I live in London but *no way* will I go to Wembley. The Brixton gigs were fantastic and I'm sure Shepherds Bush was great too. I'm holding out for Spain and maybe a bullring gig. Unless you get great tix I can't see a lot of pleasure in these barn concerts.

5:29 pm  

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