Bob Dylan Thinking Over a Tribute Show for Late Poet Dylan Thomas
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 01.19.2013
The man believed to be Dylan's adopted namesake...
Reuters reports that Bob Dylan would like to play a tribute show for the late poet Dylan Thomas in Wales, according to a Welsh MP.
Dylan was reportedly mulling over an offer to play a show a tribute gig to mark the 100th birthday of Thomas, with MP for West Swansea Geraint Davies saying that he has been in touch with Dylan to try and convince him to play the concert.
Dylan was born Robert Zimmerman, and there are theories he took his adopted name from the Welsh poet. Dylan is a self-confessed fan of the work of Thomas. There are also suggestions his name was inspired by the character Marshal Matt Dillon from the western TV series Gunsmoke.
Davies stated on the connection between Dylan and Thomas: "Bob Dylan named himself after Dylan Thomas. I have asked Bob Dylan whether he would be prepared to give a centenary concert in Swansea, in order that he could blend his music with Dylan Thomas's poetry."
He also added: "Sony Music has come back and said that Mr. Dylan is thinking very positively about the idea.
Dylan released his 35th studio album, 'Tempest', last year. It contains a total of 10 tracks and was produced by Dylan himself, although, as with his recent studio albums, the producer was named as 'Jack Frost'. The album includes a special tribute to John Lennon named 'Roll On John' and a 14-minute epic inspired by the Titanic called 'Tempest'."