Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bob Dylan planning June concert in Israel, say fans

Announcement on fan web page could not be confirmed, but the folk legend will reportedly be playing one show at the Ramat Gan Stadium on June 20.
Above: Dylan Los Angeles
concert. Photo: Flickr /
M Kasahara

By Haaretz Service
March 23, 2011

Folk legend Bob Dylan is apparently planning to return to Israel for a concert on June 20, according to a fan-run web site.

The concert has not yet been confirmed, but the web site reported that Dylan would take the stage for one night at the Ramat Gan Stadium, where Canadian singer Leonard Cohen played in 2009.

Dylan has played in Israel twice, in 1987 and 1993. In September 1987, he gave two concerts, on in Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park and the other at the Sultan's Pool in Jerusalem. In 1993, he played at the Tel Aviv cultural center.

Photo: Flickr / Stig Ove Voll
Last summer, one of the largest fan sites dedicated to Bob Dylan songs, dylanchords, blocked Israeli IP users access over the Israel Defense Forces' raid on the Gaza -bound Freedom Flotilla.

The webpage redirects Israeli web users looking for chords to Dylan's songs to the webmaster's blog.

The music site, which supplies guitar chords and tabs of tens of Bob Dylan songs, including news and biographical information for the fervent fans, was founded by Danish music expert Eyolf Østrem several years ago, yet it was closed down in 2005 due to American copyright violations.

Since the site was officially shut down, it has run on unofficial mirror versions.