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Is Bob Dylan Retiring?

Bob Dylan is being inscrutable again… After ending the Neverending Tour with The Rough And Rowdy tour, 2021-2024, I caught Rough And Rowdy in 2021 (here), he didn’t perform at the Beacon in 2022 but we assumed he’d drop back in this year. Will he? This is from his website:

On Tour

Watch this page on bobdylan.com for updates. All information is subject to change.

I can’t even remember seeing no upcoming dates on Dylan’s website, he averages 100 concert a year and has since the 1990s. I myself have reviewed him at the Beacon alone five teams and had every intention of seeing him again this winter.

But… I call it the Ramones syndrome; in the late 1970s I would see the Ramones play in the city any number of times a week and it felt like it would never end, and then it ended and I never saw them again. Bob Dylan, who since the Bootleg Series Vol 1 – 3 has been tidying his catalog, has always had his eye on the rearview mirror. In 2021 Zim released Rough And Rowdy and if it is his last album it is a good one (better than his immediately prior album of new material, 2012’s pretty great anyway Tempest), last year he sold all his songs for half a billion bucks, and now after neverending we have an end date: 2024.

Is this it? Well, to paraphrase the master: he not busy touring is busy retiring

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