BOB DYLAN turns 80 today, and for fans it is an opportunity to celebrate the remarkable life and career of one of the world’s greatest songwriters.
The American musician is loved, revered and idolized around the world, but one night 19 years ago it was Brighton fans who got to see their hero in the flesh.
We searched the Argus archives for a review of Dylan’s performance at the Brighton Center on May 4, 2002.
Dylan used the gig to showcase songs from his impressive back catalog and “delighted” audiences with favorites such as Like a Rolling Stone, Mr Tambourine Man and Subterranean Homesick Blues.
The Argus reviewer said if Dylan’s voice wasn’t “what it was,” the crowd was “transfixed” by an evening of “brilliantly played rock”.
Supported by his band, Dylan gave the crowd new arrangements and vocal interpretations of classics such as Mr Tambourine Man, Like a Rolling Stone and Subterranean Homesick Blues, to “give them a new edge”.
Dylan was reportedly and “genuinely” touched by the “warmth and enthusiasm” of the applause and offered the crowd a thrilling reminder of All Along the Watchtower.
The legendary musician had already performed at the Brighton Center in March 1995, when the price of a ticket would have cost you just £ 20.
By this time, Dylan had already been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, when musicians like American rocker Bruce Springsteen and Rolling Stone Mick Jagger paid homage to him.
Born Robert Zimmerman on May 24, 1941, in the backwaters of Minnesota, he reinvents himself as folk singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.
He sparked controversy by switching to electric guitars in 1965 and was criticized by leading members of the folk movement for moving away from political writing.
In 2008, the singer-songwriter won the Pulitzer Prize for his contributions to American music and culture.
The Times They Are A-Changin singer was left “speechless” after learning that he had become the first musician to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Dylan earlier received the prestigious honor for “creating new poetic expressions in the great tradition of American song.”
He’s sold over 110 million records and inspired countless musicians, so despite the advice of his famous documentary Don’t Look Back, many will take the opportunity to reflect on the extraordinary life and music of Bob Dylan.
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This notice was published: 2021-05-24 16:30:00