It’s been a big week for Bob Dylan. First he won a Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday, then his streaming numbers went through the roof shortly after that, and on Friday he performed a song that he hasn’t sang on stage in three years. Well, it’s probably more of a big week for Dylan’s fans then it is for him. A Nobel might be nice but Bob Dylan cares about streaming statistics about as much as a really cute puppy cares about a book on climate change (unless that book was covered with peanut butter).
There’s no telling why Dylan is returning to his 60’s catalogue of classics over the past few weeks more or less out of the blue, but the last time he did ‘Rolling Stone’ was three years ago in Rome. The Desert Trip concert weekends have been called “Oldchella” but so far it looks to have been worth it for ticket buyers. Dylan also performed “Masters of War,” “Highway 61 Revisited,” “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” in his Desert Trip performances. Plus, fans got a little bit of cheekiness with their performance as the icon performed ‘Rolling Stone’ just before the actual Rolling Stones came out on stage for their set. 75 years old and still making jokes.
Dylan’s voice might not be like it was 30 years ago, but this is a pretty great Nobel victory tour anyway.
(via Rolling Stone)