Dylan show confirmed for June in Ramat Gan

The legendary 69-year-old songwriter and performer to do show in Israel for first time since 1993.

Bob Dylan 311 (photo credit: courtesy)
Bob Dylan 311
(photo credit: courtesy)
Bob Dylan will perform one show at Ramat Gan Stadium on June 20, promoter Marcel Avraham announced Wednesday.
Seating for the show will be similar to the recent Leonard Cohen and Elton John shows, with assigned seats on the grass and in the stands. The date that tickets are scheduled to go on sale will be announced soon, according to a press release.
The legendary 69-year-old songwriter and performer (who will be 70 by the time he arrives for the show) has been rumored to be coming to Israel many times in recent years, but this is the first time a show has been confirmed since his last appearance in 1993. It will be sandwiched between concerts in England and Italy.
Born Robert Zimmerman, Dylan is considered to be one of the most influential musical artists of the modern era alongside Elvis Presley and The Beatles. From topical folksinger and sunglassed rocker to Christian evangelist and his current guise of roadhouse bluesman, he has made a point of not standing still musically.
Longtime fans hoping to hear faithful renditions of his vast back catalogue of classic tunes, ala Elton John, will likely be disappointed with Dylan’s gruff vocals and the rootsy shuffles he performs with his crackling roadhouse band. But the chance to see a living legend who’s still making any kind of music should make up for it.