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Posted on Fri, Sep 17, 2010 : 11:51 a.m.

Bob Dylan to play Hill Auditorium; tickets on sale next week

By Staff


Bob Dylan's website has added some new tour dates, including a stop at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor on Thursday, Oct. 28.

The iconic performer and songwriter last appeared in the area in 2007, at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center, on a bill that also included Elvis Costello and Amos Lee. He last played Hill Auditorium in November 2000.

A presale for tickets to the October show begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 21, with a password to be announced on his tour website, which will also provide a link to ticket sales. Regular ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 24.



Thu, Sep 30, 2010 : 6:33 p.m.

The former flower children of the 60-70's will flock to this show. Pudgy, thinning hairlines, birkenstocks on feet, and tie dye shirts that are a tad to snug. Will granola trailmix be offered at the concession stand with organic banana chips????????? Perhaps a temporary medical pot permit can be had for the evening, those seats at Hill are not real comfy plus it will set the proper aromatic atmosphere.

Ray D. Aider

Mon, Sep 20, 2010 : 4:09 p.m.

We saw Dylan on June 12, 1981 at Pine Knob right after we got married; our wedding day....then again in 2007 in Ypsilanti. His album "Slow Train Coming" is still one of our all time favorites and it's in my wife's car at this moment. We listen to it often. Would love to see him at Hill, but maybe we'll pass this year.... Enjoy the show, whoever is going. Yes, his band is always top notch. Needless to say, Dylan is an American Legend.


Mon, Sep 20, 2010 : 6:51 a.m.

The intrigue to Dylan coming to A2 is which medical pot store will get his business.


Sun, Sep 19, 2010 : 10:08 a.m.

a brilliant lyricist/ appalling voice and instrumentalist, which is what makes him and many many others so popular...i.e. the encouraging 'if he can do it, so can i" element, which isn't necessarily a bad thing ( although it can be,and probably has been, in the overall history of popular music). especially if one compares with high points,from john dowland to frank sinatra.

Kevin Ransom

Sat, Sep 18, 2010 : 3:48 p.m.

When Rolling Stone picked its 100 Greatest Singers a few years ago, Dylan was chosen as No. 7. Bono of U2 wrote an great, insightful, colorful essay extolling Dylans innovations and virtues as a singer. Here are some of my favorite excerpts from that essay: Bob Dylan did what very, very few singers ever do. He changed popular singing. And we have been living in a world shaped by Dylan's singing ever since. Almost no one sings like Elvis Presley anymore. Hundreds try to sing like Dylan. When Sam Cooke played Dylan for the young Bobby Womack, Womack said he didn't understand it. Cooke explained that from now on, it's not going to be about how pretty the voice is. It's going to be about believing that the voice is telling the truth. To understand Bob Dylan's impact as a singer, you have to imagine a world without Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Kurt Cobain, Lucinda Williams or any other vocalist with a cracked voice, dirt-bowl yelp or bluesy street howl. There is a voice for every Dylan you can meet, and the reason I'm never bored of Bob Dylan is because there are so many of them, all centered on the idea of pilgrimage. Dylan has tried out so many personas in his singing because it is the way he inhabits his subject matter. His closet won't close for all the shoes of the characters that walk through his stories. Dylan did with singing what Brando did with acting. He busted through the artifice to get to the art. Both of them tore down the prissy rules laid down by the schoolmarms of their craft, broke through the fourth wall, got in the audience's face and said, "I dare you to think I'm kidding."


Sat, Sep 18, 2010 : 10:51 a.m.

The answer is simple: if you don't like Dylan's voice and don't think he can sing : don't buy a ticket. More room for the rest of us, plus the band is always topknotch.


Sat, Sep 18, 2010 : 9:23 a.m.

The show will most certainly rock, and the ballads will be sweet. Having seen Dylan 10 times and many many other concerts, I can attest to how good his shows are. He is truly one of the very best. If you've never seen him, try it. If you don't really like him, stay home. Many of us have been waiting for his return to the area.


Fri, Sep 17, 2010 : 9:23 p.m.

sweet!!! this show will rock.


Fri, Sep 17, 2010 : 9:03 p.m.

Bob Dylan will be remembered and celebrated as the greatest American songwriter and poet long after he is not of this earth. No single musical performing artist has had as continuous positive effect on music nor has any artist affected American culture in the last 60 years as extensively as Bob Dylan. For those familiar with his entire body of work, when compared to other "pop stars", his name consistently tops the list as one of the most important performing artists and songwriters living or deceased. Few other artists have the talent or are as skilled at their craft. His style is unique and instantly recognizable. He has no equal in combining a vast knowledge of American music, lyrical poetry, storytelling, experimentation and reinvention, the ability to choose talented musicians and producers to interpret and play his music as influenced by his long and amazing life experience. A talent of his scope is rare and will not be seen again in this century.


Fri, Sep 17, 2010 : 4:18 p.m.

Please note the article did not use the word "sing". Dylan has been impossible to understand for 20 years now. or, what ralph said.

Ed Kimball

Fri, Sep 17, 2010 : 3:10 p.m.

Hmmm. Looking at the passwords for presales in St. Louis, Champaign, and Winston-Salem, I have a hunch I can guess the password for presales to the Ann Arbor concert.;-)


Fri, Sep 17, 2010 : 2:42 p.m.

I hope that the news coverage of this is commensurate with its importance, which is to say, not very much.


Fri, Sep 17, 2010 : 11:58 a.m.

I'd be amazed if Dylan still sounded like he did 30 years ago, considering he's lived a lifetime, and being over 73 years old would tend to show some toll. I've seen him many times and each show is different. Some are amazing, some not so much. Still worth seeing though.


Fri, Sep 17, 2010 : 11:48 a.m.

It amazing what a life of smoking and drinking does to one's voice. I saw Dylan a few years ago when he played at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti. People left before he finished. He can hardly sing anymore.