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article imageBob Dylan freewheelin’ again with a new album and US Tour

By Michael Cosgrove     May 19, 2009 in Entertainment
Zimmerman is back, as if he ever really left, with the album ‘Together Through Life’, containing ten songs, and a 30-gig summer tour across America. A video of one of the songs is available on the Internet and tour tickets are available.
He’s been busy so far this year and has just finished a 30 date European tour. Reviews of this tour were enthusiastic, although his well-known reputation for being a little aloof with audiences remains intact.
The new album was released on April 28 and took less than a week to reach the top of both Billboard’s and the UK’s album charts. It’s his second consecutive Billboard N° 1 and his first top slot success in the UK since ‘New Morning’ in 1970. It has also been a top-ten seller in almost fifteen other countries.
Contributing musicians include Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, and David Hidalgo, the accordionist from Los Lobos. The album is well produced, smooth-and-silky style in my view, the mood is relaxed and most songs hit agreeable grooves which, although they seem spontaneous, are cleverly arranged and mixed. It’s an all-round cool record to listen to. Is it one of his best? Maybe not, but, as I say, it’s a pleasure to hear him sounding so at ease with himself.
The idea for the album began when the French film director Olivier Dahan asked him to contribute a song for his new film, a kind of modern road movie, called ‘My Own Love Song.’ Dylan wrote ‘Life is Hard’ for him before, as Dylan said himself , “The record took it’s own direction.”
Here is an exclusive music video for another song from the album, ‘Beyond Here Lies Nothin’.’
‘The Bob Dylan Show’, as he calls the band, will begin the USA tour on July 1st in Milwaukee and will wind things up in Stockton CA. thirty gigs later on August 15th. Featured tour guests include Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, although Mellencamp will not be able to play the Milwaukee date.
Tickets are all at 67.50 Dollars and Ball Park concerts are in a general admission format, so for those who want to be in a particular spot to watch the show, all they have to do is get there a little early. Kids under 14 get in free at Ball Park shows, one for each adult ticket holder. Showtime is set for 5.30pm.
More tour news and tickets are available on the Bob Dylan website.
Have fun, and don’t forget your cameras!
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