Bob Dylan turns 75, with latest tour and album on the way


Legendary rock lyricist, Bob Dylan turned 75 years old on Tuesday, a little more than a week before the start of his U.S. summer tour in support of his latest album.

The rock star who remains forever young in the minds of baby boomers that grew up with his music, celebrated his birthday in Nashville, Tennessee with a big concert.

A big public concert was held to celebrate his arrival at the three-quarter-century mark which was a two-night event tagged “Dylan Fest 75”.

The benefit concert held on Monday and Tuesday in Nashville, Tennessee and it featured performances by artists such as Emmylou Harris, Kesha, Boz Scaggs and Ann Wilson.

Kesha also paid tribute to Dylan at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night in Las Vegas with a stirring cover of his 1964 ballad, “It Ain’t Me, Babe.’’

There was no sign that Dylan’s rendezvous with the big 75 was slowing down the performer, whose music gave voice to an era of youthful revolt during the 1960s and had transformed the sound and depth of popular music for more than half a century.

Dylan’s latest studio set, “Fallen Angels,” the 37th studio album of his career, was released last Friday as a follow-up to his 2015 collection of Frank Sinatra songs.

Pausing after a series of shows in Japan in April, Dylan was scheduled to inaugurate a two-month U.S. summer tour on June 4 with a performance at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville, Washington.

In October, Dylan would be on the bill with the Rolling Stones for the first of three nights of concerts in California featuring fellow rock icons Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and the Who.

Dylan has toured nearly endlessly since 1988, remaining true to the credo he expressed in “Forever Young,” a hit track from his 1974 album. (Reuters/NAN)

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