A new show celebrating the life and music of rock legend Bob Dylan is rolling into town.
The Bob Dylan Story recreates the Nobel Prize winner’s classic hits, from The Times They Are A-Changin’, Blowin’ In The Wind and Mr Tambourine Man through to Like A Rolling Stone, Subterranean Homesick Blues, Lay Lady Lay, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door and many more, while telling some of the fascinating tales behind them.
Supported by a top backing band, the show promises to take its audience back to the 1960s, the era of Vietnam, anti-war and civil rights protests, and of course, timeless music spearheaded by the likes of Dylan, this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, as he plotted his journey from revered protest singer to provocative rock ‘n’ roll star to virtual recluse and back again, all in the space of a few short years.
Bill Lennon, who plays the main man in the show, said: “We wanted to give Dylan’s many fans the opportunity to hear the songs as they remember them, all in one sitting.
“And although many of Dylan’s songs were hits for other artists, from Hendrix’s All Along The Watchtower right up to Adele’s Make You Feel My Love, we remain true to the original versions.
“We are confident the show will have people digging out their old vinyl to sustain the nostalgia just that little bit longer.”
The show will play at Wycombe Swan on Sunday, February 5. It starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £23.50. Call the box office on 01494 512000 or book online at www.wycombeswan.co.uk.
Q&A WITH BILL LENNON
1. When did you start being a fan of Bob Dylan's music and what was the first song of his that made an impact on you?
My dad had The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan on vinyl when I was a kid, which I always thought at the time was Dylan’s first album, but found out much later that it was of course his second. I used to love it when dad put it on the record player, though after a while it was more likely to be me that put it on! I suppose the song Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right is the one that really sticks out for me from that album, and we include that one in the show of course – it seems to be a favourite of a lot of fans. I also remember hearing Positively 4th Street and Like A Rolling Stone back to back on the radio when I was a teenager, and the sound of those records just blew me away.
2. How did you feel when you heard Bob Dylan had been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature?
I was delighted for several reasons, some selfish, some not. I think he certainly deserves it when you consider the contribution he has made to popular culture over the last half century – and I know people will say “but it’s not literature”, but I challenge anyone to read the lyrics to songs like Tangled Up In Blue, Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall, Like A Rolling Stone, Subterranean Homesick Blues and then tell me the guy’s not a poet. The more selfish reason of course is that it throws him once more into the spotlight which can only be a great thing for The Bob Dylan Story.
3. What are the trickiest things about performing his music?
For me, committing all the lyrics to memory so they can just flow out without me even thinking about it. As for the band, it’s been about reproducing the sounds and notes as authentically as possible so that the audience hears the songs the way they remember them. But they’ve done a fantastic job. They’re all brilliant musicians as well as being fans of the music and this show is lucky to have them.