Bob Dylan Releases 'Tempest' Today
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Bob Dylan Releases 'Tempest' Today
Out today (September 11th) is Bob Dylan's 35th studio album, Tempest -- released 11 years to the day of his critically acclaimed Love And Theft collection. The self-produced set -- once again under his alias "Jack Frost" -- marks the 50th anniversary of his 1962 Columbia Records debut album, Bob Dylan. Tempest closes with a song titled, "Roll On John" which pays tribute to John Lennon with quotes from several of Lennon's Beatles songs, including "Come together right now" from "Come Together" and "I heard (sic) the news today, oh boy" from "A Day In The Life." The album also includes a 14-minute song called "Titanic" about the sinking of the legendary ship.
Although Lennon and Dylan shared a brief, but cordial friendship in the late-'60s, it was Dylan's relationship with George Harrison which bloomed throughout the '70s, '80s, and beyond -- especially with their collaboration on the two Traveling Wilburys albums.
Although Harrison and Dylan dabbled with writing together in the late-'60s, it wasn't until 1988's Traveling Wilburys Volume One project that the two began collaborating in earnest. Harrison recalled that the track "Dirty Work" was a direct result of Dylan's off-the-wall humor: "Bob's very funny, I mean, a lot of people take him seriously, but if you know Dylan and his songs -- he's such a joker, really. And he just sat down and we said, 'Okay, 'what are we gonna do?' And Bob says (imitates Dylan) 'Let's do one like Prince!' (Laughs) And he just started banging away, (imitates Dylan) 'Love your sexy body, woo-oo-oo, baby!' And it just turned, y'know, like, into that tune." 
Bob Dylan & Mark Knopfler tour dates (subject to change):
October 5 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre 
October 6 - Regina, SK - Brandt Centre 
October 8 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre 
October 9 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place 
October 10 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome 
October 12 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena 
October 13 - Seattle, WA - KeyArena At Seattle Center 
October 15 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden Arena 
October 17, 18 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 
October 19 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre 
October 20 - Sacramento, CA - Power Balance Pavilion 
October 22 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl 
October 24 - San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center 
October 26 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl 
October 27 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events Center
October 29, 30 - Broomfield, CO - 1stBank Center 
November 1 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre At Grand Prairie 
November 2 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center 
November 3 - Omaha, NE - CenturyLink Center Omaha 
November 5 - Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center Memorial Coliseum 
November 7 - Saint Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center 
November 8 - Milwaukee, WI - BMO Harris Bradley Center 
November 9 - Chicago, IL - United Center 
November 12 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
November 13 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace Of Auburn Hills 
November 14 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre 
November 16 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
November 18, 19 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
November 20 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center 
November 21 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
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