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Bob Dylan’s simple requests to come to Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge – No big welcome, just a normal hotel room with two windows, no filming or direct broadcasting the show are among the requests of Bob Dylan when for when he comes to Vietnam to sing in HCM City on April 10.


Bob Dylan to sing in HCM City this April


Apart from the above simple requests, the famous singer posed two important requirements: the quality of sound must meet international standards and the seats cannot be classified as VIP or economy seats.


Accordingly, all audiences will sit on the grass at the stadium of the RMIT International University in District 7, HCM City to enjoy Bob Dylan’s songs.


Before the 2-hour show by Bob Dylan, Vietnamese well-known singers – My Linh, Thanh Lam, Uyen Linh, Quang Dung, Duc Tuan and Tran Manh Tuan - will perform songs by Trinh Cong Son.


Dylan said that he knew a lot about the life and music career of Trinh Cong Son so Vietnam is a significant destination in his tour to Asia and Australia.


Bob Dylan’s show in Vietnam is organized by Saigon Sound System, Thanh Nien Media Company and Trinh Cong Son’s family.


Ticket prices are VND900,000 and VND2.5 million.


Bob Dylan’s tour to Asia-Pacific includes 25 shows, starting on April 3 in Taiwan, to China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and finishing in the US on July 20.


Seven years ago, it was announced that Dylan would come to Vietnam to attend the World Peace Music Awards but the event was finally organized in the US.


Bob Dylan, 70, has been a major figure in music for five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was an informal chronicler, and an apparently reluctant figurehead, of social unrest. A number of his songs such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'" became anthems for the US civil rights and anti-war movements. His early lyrics incorporated a variety of political, social and philosophical, as well as literary influences.  


Dylan performs with guitar, keyboards, and harmonica. Backed by a changing line-up of musicians, he has toured steadily since the late 1980s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Tour. His accomplishments as a recording artist and performer have been central to his career, but his greatest contribution is generally considered to be his songwriting.


Since 1994, Dylan has published three books of drawings and paintings, and his work has been exhibited in major art galleries. As a songwriter and musician, Dylan has received numerous awards over the years including Grammys, Golden Globes, and Academy Awards; he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2008, a Bob Dylan Pathway was opened in the singer's honor in his birthplace of Duluth, Minnesota. The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."


Time Magazine ranks him among 100 most influential people of the 20th century.