Отправлено: 23.03.11 12:06. Заголовок: Tour update - Bob Dy..
Tour update - Bob Dylan to play Israel and Norway
John Baldwin at the Desolation Row Information Service has posted the following Bob Dylan tour dates:
From the Promoters this afternoon:
* June 20th 2011, Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel * June 29th 2011, Bergen Calling, Bergen, Norway * June 30th 2011, Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
More information when we get it. Nothing is official until it is posted on Bob Dylan's official site.
Dates so far:
April 3rd 2011, Nang Gang Exhibition Hall, Taipei, Taiwan April 6th 2011, Workers Gymnasium, Beijing, China April 8th 2011, Grand Stage, Shanghai, China April 10th 2011,Loretta Grounds, RMIT University, Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam April 12th 2011, Star Hall, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong April 13th 2011, Star Hall, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong April 15th 2011, Rock & Roots Festival, Marina Promenade, Singapore April 17th 2011, West Coast Blues 'N Roots Festival, Fremantle Park, Perth, Western Australia, Australia. April 19th 2011, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, Australia April 20th 2011, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia April 21st 2011, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia April 23rd 2011, WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, Australia April 25th 2011, Byron Bay's Bluesfest, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia. April 26th 2011, Byron Bay's Bluesfest, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia. April 27th 2011, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia. April 28th 2011, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia. April 30th 2011, Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand.
The Full European Tour Dates - From the Promoters this afternoon
June 16th 2011, The Marquee, Cork, Ireland June 18th 2011, The Feis, Finsbury Park, London, England June 20th 2011, Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel June 22nd 2011, Alcatraz, Milan, Italy June 24th 2011, Sursee, Switzerland June 25th 2011, Volkspark, Mainz, Germany June 26th 2011, Stadtpark, Hamburg, Germany June 27th 2011, Funen Village, Odense, Denmark June 29th 2011, Bergen Calling, Bergen, Norway June 30th 2011, Spektrum, Oslo, Norway July 2nd 2011, Peace and Love Festival, Borlange, Sweden,
July 15th 2011, Pacific Amphitheatre, 2011 OC Fair, Orange County, California.
Отправлено: 14.09.10 21:41. Заголовок: Google проверил поис..
Google проверил поиск Диланом
Новая функция "живого" поиска от интернет-гиганта рекламируется роликом с жизненной балладой классика фолк-рока
Новый сервис Google Instant – «живой» поиск от интернет-гиганта, выдающий результаты поиска по мере написания запроса, едва был представлен, а в Google Creative Lab уже создали ролик, демонстрирующий его работу на примере песни «Subterranean Homesick Blues», живого классика фолк-рока Боба Дилана (Bob Dylan).
В видео поиск пытается успеть за Диланом, скороговоркой выплескивающим текст песни про проблемы общества в целом и девушки, не способной привыкнуть к миру за пределами школы. Изредка кадры с поиском перемежаются вырезками из оригинального клипа, где Дилан вслед за текстом меняет таблички со словами песни.
Отметим, что в гонке за отображением текста песни Google удалось опередить Дилана, который показывал на своих табличках лишь ключевые слова.
Отправлено: 24.09.10 21:38. Заголовок: Боб решительно не хо..
Боб решительно не хочет успокаиваться и к своему туру по Америке добавляет ещё концертов.
Bob Dylan tour announces seven more concerts for October, November
Bob Dylan and His Band are off the road at the moment, but the legendary musician and his backing band are busy rolling out more concert plans for fall. A total of 19 concerts are now on Dylan's late-year calendar, which opens October 6 at NSU's University Center Arena in Davie, FL.
In keeping with the other dates on this leg of Dylan's tour, the shows are mostly slated for U.S. college and university venues. The new seven-date addendum picks up October 24 at the McLeod Center at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA, and continues through a November 2 performance at the EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall at the University of Akron in Akron, OH.
An October 26 show at Michigan State University in East Lansing and an October 29 stop at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo are among the campus shows booked for the run. A couple new public venue shows are also set for October 25 at Overture Hall in Madison, WI, and October 31 at Murat Theatre in Indianapolis, IN.
Public onsales open September 24 for each of the seven new concerts, and fan club presales will start earlier on September 21, according to Dylan's official Web site. The majority of the new dates have not yet appeared on Ticketmaster.com, but earlier tour stops listed on the site have ticket prices set anywhere from $35 to $67.
The iconic singer-songwriter's fall itinerary was initially scheduled to end October 22 at Assembly Hall in Champaign, IL. Onsales for those previously announced performances began over the September 17-19 weekend.
Dylan recently completed his summer tour leg with a September 4 set at the 2010 Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, WA. He had launch the venture a month earlier on August 4 at The Backyard in Austin, TX, and was joined on several dates by fellow singer-songwriter John Mellencamp.
October 6 Davie, FL Nova Southeastern University Center Arena October 7 Tampa, FL USF Sun Dome October 8 Gainesville, FL Stephen C. O'Connell Center October 10 Orlando, FL UCF Arena October 11 Tallahassee, FL Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center October 13 Birmingham, AL BJCC Concert Hall October 14 Charlotte, NC Halton Arena October 16 Winston-Salem, NC Lawrence Joel Veteran Memorial Coliseum October 17 Clemson, SC Littlejohn Coliseum October 19 Nashville, TN Nashville Municipal Auditorium October 21 St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena October 22 Champaign, IL Assembly Hall October 24 Cedar Falls, IA McLeod Center * October 25 Madison, WI Overture Hall * October 26 East Lansing, MI MSU Concert Auditorium * October 28 Ann Arbor, MI Hill Auditorium * October 29 Kalamazoo, MI James W. Miller Auditorium * October 31 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre * November 2 Akron, OH E.J. Thomas Hall *
Отправлено: 05.10.10 11:19. Заголовок: The Bob Dylan - Tony..
The Bob Dylan - Tony Curtis connection
Actor Tony Curtis, born Bernard Schwartz in 1925, the star of Some Like It Hot and father of Jamie Lee Curtis, died on September 29.
Bob Dylan mentioned Curtis in his book, Chronicles, Volume One:
"The actor Tony Curtis once told me that fame is an occupation in itself, that it is a separate thing. And Tony couldn't be more right.The old image slowly faded and in time I found myself no longer under the canopy of some malignant influence. Eventually different anachronisms were thrust upon me - anachronisms of lesser dilemma - though they might seem bigger. Legend, Icon, Enigma (Buddha in European Clothes was my favorite) - stuff like that, but that was all right. These titles were placid and harmless, threadbare, easy to get around with them. Prophet, Messiah, Savior - those are tough ones."
Life-size cut-outs of both Dylan and Curtis grace the cover of the Beatles' album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Tony Curtis played Ira Hayes in the movie, The Outsider. Hayes was the Native American and American Marine who was one of the six men immortalized in the iconic photograph of the flag raising on Iwo Jima during World War II. Bob Dylan's 1970 version of Peter LaFarge's "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" appeared on the 1973 album, Dylan.
In Dylan's 1978 movie Renaldo & Clara:
Bob Neuwirth, in a mask, is on stage in a small club reading a poem written by a badly disabled black guy named Tony Curtis who sits watching. At the end of the poem Tony Curtis asks for money (asking for money for poems or songs will be a recurring motif in the film.)
Отправлено: 07.10.10 15:28. Заголовок: Боб добавил ещё конц..
Боб добавил ещё концертов и в ноябре.
Bob Dylan has added an extra twelve dates to the upcoming North American leg of his world tour.
2010 has been a quiet year for Bob Dylan, but perhaps he deserves to take a rest. The singer released two new studio albums last year, including a somewhat bizarre Christmas charity record.
Alongside this, the singer kept up a tough touring schedule and launched several exhibitions of his artwork. In comparison, 2010 was always going to be a year in the slow lane for the legendary songwriter.
Launching a new tour, Bob Dylan has confirmed a new instalment to the Bootleg series. However new material does not seem to be forthcoming after a glut of releases last year, including a number one album.
Currently on tour across the United States, Bob Dylan recently experimented with an anti-tout ticket model in San Francisco. The singer refused to allow a pre-sale, meaning that fans had to queue up in person for a ticket to the show.
Making life extremely difficult for touts, it is not known if this scheme will be rolled out over the new tour dates. Bob Dylan will start the new leg of the tour on October 6th in Fort Lauderdale, before moving around the country.
With the tour running throughout October, the new dates kick off on November 2nd in Akron, Ohio. Ending on November 27th in Atlantic City, other important dates include three nights at Terminal 5.
Tickets for the upcoming shows are available now.
Bob Dylan is set to play the following shows:
November 2 Akron Thomas Performing Arts Hall 3 Kentucky University 4 Columbus Ohio State University 6 Rochester Institute Institute of Technology 7 Pittsburgh University of Pittsburgh 9 Penn State State College 13 Charlotteville University of Virginia 14 Monmouth University 19 Amherst University of Massachusetts 20 Lowell University of Massachusetts - Lowell 22 New York Terminal 5 23 New York Terminal 5 24 New York Terminal 5 26 Atlantic City Borgata Hotel Casino 27 Mashantucket Grand Theater at Foxwoods
Отправлено: 31.10.10 21:41. Заголовок: Watch new Bob Dylan ..
Watch new Bob Dylan video for 'Guess I'm Doing Fine' here
Sony has produced a video for the Bob Dylan track "Guess I'm Doing Fine", from The Witmark Demos 1962-1964: The Bootleg Series Vol. 9.
The video, which features archival images from the early 1960s of Dylan as well as the era (Note the Hibbing baseball uniforms). Rolling Stone currently has the exclusive, but similar promotional videos officially make it to YouTube and other web sites soon after. This version unfortunately features the song with the ending cut off (at the time of this posting).
You can watch the 2:43 video, which is embedded on the left. You may have to sit though an advertisement first.
Bob Dylan set list - Ohio State University, November 4, 2010
Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35 Girl From The North Country Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again Love Sick Summer Days Tangled Up In Blue Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum Tryin' To Get To Heaven High Water (for Charlie Patton) A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall Highway 61 Revisited Not Dark Yet Thunder On The Mountain Ballad Of A Thin Man // Jolene Like A Rolling Stone
Rochester Institute of Technology, November 6, 2010
Отправлено: 22.11.10 21:33. Заголовок: Большая статья о том..
Большая статья о том как сейчас проходят концерты Боба.
Bob Dylan Examiner's UMass Lowell concert review - Part one
Lowell, Massachusetts, has always had a special place in Dylan lore. 35 years ago, for the fourth Rolling Thunder Revue concert of 1975, Dylan and friends played Lowell's Technical University on November 2. The following day, Dylan and poet Allen Ginsberg were filmed visiting Jack Karouac's grave. A clip of this was included in the film Renaldo and Clara.
A quarter of a century later, Dylan returned to Lowell to play the Paul E. Tsongas Arena on November 11, 2000. The venue opened about two years previous, but Dylan's appearance there led to more big name acts being booked, including Van Morrison the following spring.
Last night, Dylan returned to Lowell - now known at the Tsongas Center - and gave an incendiary performance.
I arrived early - about 6:20 - and got in line for the 8 p.m. show. We were let in at about 6:40. It was to be the 70th time I've seen Dylan on stage. Security made its presence known, but the entrance to the venue was hassle-free.
I went to check out my seat - first row in section 117, just off the right side of the stage. At first it appeared that I had a great seat, but soon realized there was a problem. There was not only a speaker at the front right lip of the stage, but next to that was a spotlight. I was wondering if I could even see Dylan while he was at the keyboard.
One reason I showed up early at the Center was to see if Dylan was still showing the film Intolerance before the show. While we didn't get that, we did get something even more special. Just to my right, Dylan's guitarist Stu Kimball was talking to some friends. The woman next to me tried to get Kimball to sign her poster, but he politely refused, saying it was "Bob's show". Then someone came up and asked if Stu's friends would like a photograph with "Mr. Kimball". Again, the guitarist refused, saying picture taking was not allowed. While this may sound rude in print, Kimball was quite disarming and probably just following orders. He even went over to the fan who asked for the signature and said he hoped she would enjoy the show.
There was some confusion for certain concert goers who entered the building through the incorrect line, and did not get the necessary wristband to get onto the general admission section on the floor. There were also attendees who did not realize they would have to stand for more that two hours.
At 8:08, the lights went down, and the announcer started the familiar introduction.
Luckily I could just about see Dylan, from the back, while he was playing keyboards. Unfortunately, drummer George Recile and multi-instrumentalist Donnie Herron were blocked from view. The band was dressed mostly in beige, while Dylan was in black with a beige hat.
They started with a swampy version of "Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking", energized by Charlie Sexton's slide guitar riffs and drummer George Recile's pounding rhythms. The first line out of Dylan's mouth sounded kind of rough, but it soon cleared up, and he sang clearly and passionately the rest of the evening. The vibe at the end of the song was reminiscent of the Rolling Stones' Exile On Main St.
Sexton was clearly the visual focus of the show when Dylan was behind the keyboards. With his knee-bends, chops, and looks (a mix of David Bowie and Robbie Robertson circa 1973), he clearly energized Dylan, the band, and the crowd, without actually stealing Bob's thunder .
Dylan then stepped up to center stage, armed with an electric guitar. "It Ain't Me, Babe" was next, which, coincidently was the second song Dylan played in 1975's Lowell gig. Dylan has been known to occasionally sleep walk through this classic from his fourth album. Tonight, however, he not only connected with the original emotions of the song, but clearly had been rehearsing some rather complicated melodic guitar solos, often based on chord structures. The early solos were most successful, while the later ones were more of the simple one-note-at-a-time variety, and not always the correct one. Still, Dylan's charisma made watching him play guitar mandatory. I wondered if Sexton was giving Dylan guitar lessons while on the road?
Kimball started strumming his acoustic guitar and it was clear that "Memphis Blues Again" was next. The first of many photographic images appeared behind the stage, projected onto the back curtain. It appeared to be a building with a structure similar to the Eiffel Tower, but was obviously something else (Mobile ? Memphis?). Dylan played lead guitar again, and his voice was completely clear by this point (at least by 2010 standards). Toward the end, Dylan was playing Chuck Berry-style riffs.
Отправлено: 24.11.10 23:10. Заголовок: Кто то немножко пошу..
Кто то немножко пошутил над Бобом,почти на 4000$.
Pizza parlor stiffed by fake Dylan rep
AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - A pizza prank cost an Amherst business a lot of money and aggravation and resulted in Antonio's Pizza throwing away dozens of pies.
Early Saturday morning, a man walked into Antonio's Pizzeria in Amherst and ordered 148 pizzas... an order that cost nearly $4,000. He claimed he was with Bob Dylan's crew and was wearing a backstage pass which didn't seem crazy because Bob Dylan had played the Mullins Center in Amherst on Friday night. He promised a big tip and said he would return in several hours to deliver them to Dylan's crew.
Sean McElligott, the manager of Antonio's, told 22News the man looked like he was in his 40s or 50s. He and his staff were excited about the opportunity so they stayed late to make the pizzas however the customer never returned and never paid.
He said they were forced to give away half of the pizzas to family, friends, and local businesses. The other half had to be thrown away.
“It was a tremendous waste of time, money, food, and effort. Our people were here very late. People who had worked a full shift had to work an extra four hours and got out at about 6 in the morning,” said McElligott.
Owner Walter Pacheco told 22News he wishes his staff got a deposit from the man or his phone number before they made the pizzas.
Right now, they are analyzing a security video to try and find the person who pulled this prank.
Отправлено: 29.11.10 22:08. Заголовок: Бесконечный тур Боба..
Бесконечный тур Боба в этом году всё таки закончился.
Bob Dylan set list - Foxwoods, November 27, 2010
Bob Dylan ended his fall tour last night in Mashantucket, Connecticut
Mashantucket, Connecticut MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods November 27, 2010
1. Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on lap steel) 2. Lay, Lady, Lay (Bob center stage on harp, Donnie on pedal steel, Stu on acoustic guitar) 3. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (Bob on guitar, Donnie on pedal steel, Stu on acoustic guitar) 4. Tangled Up In Blue (Bob center stage on harp, Donnie on pedal steel, Stu on acoustic guitar) 5. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum (Bob on guitar, Donnie on pedal steel) 6. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on electric mandolin, Stu on acoustic guitar, Tony on standup bass) 7. High Water (For Charley Patton) (Bob center stage on harp, Donnie on banjo, Stu on acoustic guitar, Tony on standup bass) 8. Visions Of Johanna (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on electric mandolin, Stu on acoustic guitar) 9. Summer Days (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on pedal steel, Tony on standup bass) 10. Love Sick (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on electric mandolin) 11. Highway 61 Revisited (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on lap steel, Stu on acoustic guitar) 12. Workingman's Blues #2 (Bob on keyboard then center stage on harp, Donnie on pedal steel, Stu on acoustic guitar) 13. Thunder On The Mountain (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on lap steel, Stu on acoustic guitar) 14. Ballad Of A Thin Man (Bob center stage on harp, Donnie on lap steel) (encore) 15. Jolene (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on lap steel, Tony on standup bass) 16. Like A Rolling Stone (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on pedal steel)
Отправлено: 07.12.10 12:21. Заголовок: На экзаминере загада..
На экзаминере загадали загадку - кто этот чувак на видео?
Did Bob Dylan wear a disguise to watch the Band on SNL in 1976 ?
About four weeks before The Last Waltz, The Band appeared on the second season of NBC's Saturday Night Live program. Buck Henry was the host.
According to the embedded clip (left), found by Bob Dylan's friend Larry "Ratso" Sloman, there is a close-up of someone in the audience, identified as an "Electoral College Dropout." It's my understanding that if there is a closeup of an audience member, special permission must be obtained. This would explain why these "close-ups" usually featured the same staff members over and over again. Has this been kept a secret for over three decades?
Here's the blurb:
On October 30, 1976, The Band appeared as the musical guest on a weekly late night sketch-based comedy show. About 14 minutes into the episode, a man who looked a lot like Bob Dylan wearing a costume (and possibly prosthetics) was briefly featured in the audience. Could this have actually been Bob Dylan wearing a fake nose, hippie wig, and weird clothing?
Рукопись Боба Дилана выставлена на аукцион за $250 000
Выцветший, нечистый и покусанный собакой кусочек бумаги не так часто оценивают в четверть миллиона долларов. Причина, впрочем, ясна – именно на этой бумажке 47 лет назад Боб Дилан впервые записал текст песни The Times They Are A-Changin.
Вошедшая позже в одноименный альбом Дилана, песня стала гимном протестного движения в США и Европе. Сегодня она известна в десятках кавер-версий, причем такие суперзвезды 60-х, как The Beach Boys, The Byrds и Саймон и Гарфанкель записали свои версии в первые же два года после появления песни.
Позже к ним присоединились Нина Симон (1969), Билли Джоэл (1987), Фил Коллинз (1996), Брайан Ферри (2007) и Херби Хенкок (2010), не упоминая уже менее известных исполнителей.
Лист с текстом был выставлен на продажу другом Дилана Колином Крауном, с которым они общались с начала 60-х, когда Боб давал свои первые концерты в богемных клубах Нью-Йорка. Эксперты аукционного дома Sotbey полагают, что рукопись будет продана на $250 000 - $300 000.
Впрочем, когда дело касается легендарных рок-песен, реальность часто превосходит ожидания аукционистов. Так, рукопись текста песни The Beatles A Day in the Life, которая, как ожидалось, будет продана за $500 000 - $800 000, в итоге была оценена в $1 200 000.
Отправлено: 13.12.10 11:28. Заголовок: Ещё три диска Боба э..
Ещё три диска Боба этого года,просто обалдеть.
3 CD set 'The Bob Dylan Sampler'
The Bob Dylan Sampler hails from 2010 and is a U.S. 3CD mega-rare promotional music licensing sampler housed in a deluxe tri-fold glossy picture sleeve. This 36-track sampler features custom printed discs with each disc’s tracks selected to support ‘The Hits’, ”Best of The Bootleg Series’ and 'Forgotten Gems’. An absolutely amazing collectible!!
Note: "Abandoned Love" , "I Wanna Be Your Lover", and "Up To Me" were on Biograph, not The Bootleg Series.
Tracks are as follow:
The Hits The Times They are A-Changin’ Blowin’ in the Wind Like a Rolling Stone Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 All Along the Watchtower Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door Tangled up in Blue Subterranean Homesick Blues Mr. Tambourine Man Lay, Lady, Lay Forever Young Gotta Serve Somebody
Best of The Bootleg Series Series of Dreams I Was Young When I Left Home Mama, You Been on my Mind Abandoned Love Blind Willie McTell Mississippi I Wanna Be Your Lover I’ll Keep it with Mine Born in Time Farewell Angelina Up to Me Paths of Victory
Forgotten Gems Ring Them Bells Dignity Not Dark Yet Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine) If Not For You Simple Twist of Fate The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar Tryin' to Get to Heaven High Water (for Charlie Patton) When the Deal Goes Down
В следующем году Боб собирается в австралию уже весной.
Отправлено: 20.12.10 11:45. Заголовок: Статья в Wall Street..
Статья в Wall Street Journal,которая вызвала большой резонанс не только среди поклонников Боба.Основная мысль статьи - а не пора ли старичкам на покой?
When to Leave the Stage
A generation of music icons is hitting retirement age, along with their baby-boomer fans. Is it time for Bob Dylan to hang up his hat and harmonica?
Last Friday night, Bob Dylan chugged through "Highway 61 Revisited" at the Borgata, an Atlantic City, N.J., casino. His always-raspy voice, now deteriorated to a laryngitic croak, echoed through the no-frills ballroom. Security guards wandered the seated audience, enforcing his no-cameras policy. Behind some empty rows in the rear, a handful of dancers shimmied mildly. A trickle of people peeled off for the exit, descending an escalator into the ringing rows of slot machines. One of the walkouts, 50-year-old Warner Christy, said he wouldn't be paying to see the singer again: "I've been scared straight."
For people of influence in any walk of life, from corporate leaders to sports stars, the question of when to leave the stage is a crucial one. Do you go out at the top of your game, giving up any shot at further glory? Or do you dig in until the end, at the risk of tarnishing a distinguished career?
For the many and passionate fans of Bob Dylan these are questions that loom large. After 50 years in music, his place in the pantheon is unassailable. He is the age's iconic singer-songwriter and rock's poet laureate—a title even he lays claim to in the introduction read aloud before his concerts. And unlike other artists of the '60s who've been trading on nostalgia since the '70s, he has continued to release new material and wrestle with his art form.
Such are the consolations for fans who have seen one of music's best talents at his worst. The issue of whether Mr. Dylan should pack it in has been an enduring parlor game in music circles, whether part of the punk generation's attack on hippie dinosaurs, or the dismay of those hippie dinosaurs over their hero's notoriously dismal output in the '80s. Now, however, Mr. Dylan's detractors question whether he—at age 69 and having just wrapped yet another tour—is capable of another turnaround.
Most alarming to listeners devoted to his seminal recordings: the state of Mr. Dylan's voice, decades on from its first signs of deterioration. Dr. Lee Akst, director of the Johns Hopkins Voice Center, says it's impossible to diagnose Mr. Dylan without an examination, but that rock singers are especially prone to scarring or other damage to the vocal cords. Such trauma can be cumulative, he says, compounding the risks for the perennially touring singer. What's obvious: Though he never had a conventionally pretty voice—that was part of its power—lately he's been sounding like a scatting Cookie Monster. On stage, he strums an electric guitar and blows on a harmonica but spends more time at an upright organ, vamping.
Representatives for Mr. Dylan said he was unavailable for comment.
Retirement is an alien concept among music stars who know only a life of performing and touring. Those who have decided to give it up early have often changed their minds. Saying it was time to "move aside," Little Richard announced his retirement at age 70—eight years ago. Since then, he has played about 100 gigs. At age 33, rapper Jay-Z said he was hanging up his microphone to concentrate on being a music executive. Three albums later, he vows to never make such a pronouncement again, recently saying, "I lost the privilege to even discuss the topic, I did it so bad." At the zenith of his Ziggy Stardust fame, David Bowie announced his last concert from the stage, only to reinvent himself with impressive results. Yet he has not publicly performed since 2007, and perhaps won't ever again—he hasn't said.
This issue is coming to the fore now that a generation of performers is hitting old age, along with their baby-boomer fans. Not unlike their R&B predecessors, such as the still-touring Four Tops, most classic rock acts are delivering note-for-note nostalgia, but on a bigger scale. Pink Floyd's Roger Waters scored one of the most successful tours of the year by rolling out "The Wall," updating only the 1980 stage technology. But for the handful of acts releasing new material and trying to stay relevant as artists, there's no late-career blueprint.
Mr. Dylan isn't working toward a golden parachute; he's pursuing a craft. "Anybody with a trade can work as long as they want. A welder, a carpenter, an electrician. They don't necessarily need to retire," he said in an interview published in Rolling Stone last year. "My music wasn't made to take me one place to another so I can retire early." After all, he cut himself from the same cloth as artists such as Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly, for whom performing was a matter of existential, if not economic, necessity.
He has sold almost 21 million albums since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking such figures. In the past decade, he has moved more than 3.7 million concert tickets and grossed more than $192 million on tour, according to Pollstar. If he walks away from touring, he has fallbacks, including painting (the National Gallery of Denmark is exhibiting 40 of his works) and writing (the first volume of his "Chronicles" memoirs was a hit; two more installments are expected.)
Why single out Mr. Dylan when Judy Collins and other graying veterans are out there touring unmolested? Firing the debate is his status as the ultimate music icon, the caretaker of a body of work that, many would agree, stands in contrast to his current sound. He's also got a touring schedule that would put some hungry young acts to shame. He's been doing roughly 100 gigs, year in, year out, since 1988. While some oldies acts play obscure venues because no one else will have them, Mr. Dylan seems bent on playing every last stage in America, including minor-league baseball parks, college campuses and antiquated theaters such as the Shrine Mosque in Springfield, Mo.
Casual fans, especially, are vexed by Mr. Dylan's ongoing habit of mutating his most familiar songs. In Atlantic City he shadowboxed with the beat on "Just Like a Woman," going silent when the crowd gamely sang the chorus, then rushing out the words himself. To his many loyal admirers, such idiosyncrasies just emphasize his artistry. "With every concert, he's saying, 'Think again,' " says historian Sean Wilentz, author of the recent book "Dylan in America."
Jim Waniak is having none of that. Though he's seen eight previous Dylan concerts, he, too, walked out on him at the Borgata, saying, "I know every word to 'Desolation Row' but I couldn't sing along. What you're used to feeling from his music just isn't there."
Mr. Dylan's critics say they're simply evaluating him as he is now, without spotting him any points for past achievements. Last July, music critic Ian Gittins watched Mr. Dylan headline a music festival in Kent, England, where he followed strong performances, including one by folk newcomers Mumford & Sons. At first, Mr. Gittins jostled for a view at the rear of the predominately young crowd. But before the singer even got to his frequent closer, "Like a Rolling Stone," the critic had elbow room to spare. "The crowd had melted away," retreating from "the perplexing noise of this man whining," Mr. Gittins, 48 years old, said in an interview.
Of course, the singer has been derailing expectations, riling the faithful and inspiring calls for his head since he strapped on an electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. He made many of his critics reconsider in 1997, when he released "Time Out of Mind," a mordant, Grammy-winning album that established a new artistic benchmark for him. But if he plows on indefinitely, could the accumulating career lows undermine the highs?
"Listen, this legacy stuff is a bunch of crap," says University of Chicago economics professor David Galenson. "That goes for Michael Jordan and Bob Dylan and economic professors: You're known for your best work, not the bad work at the end of your career."
Mr. Galenson examined the two potential "life cycles" of creativity among great artists in his book "Old Masters and Young Geniuses." Epitomizing the latter, Mr. Dylan worked conceptually and with deliberation, turning out his most influential work before he hit 30.
So what becomes of young geniuses in their dotage? Mr. Galenson judges their "graciousness" by whether they accept that their greatest work is behind them. He points to interviews in which Mr. Dylan discusses searing songs such as "Blowin' in the Wind" with a sort of detached awe. "I give him credit for saying, 'I love those old songs but I couldn't write them anymore if I tried.' My suspicion is that very few artists of any kind would admit that," he says.
Mr. Dylan has defied the young-genius playbook simply by continuing to roam the earth, unlike Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. The result: the somewhat disconcerting spectacle of a rock star acting his age. Mortality has been an undercurrent in his recent music. The song "Forgetful Heart" on last year's "Together Through Life" album features the closing line "The door has closed forevermore, if indeed there ever was a door."
Mr. Wilentz says we're witnessing an unvarnished evolution, pointing out that Mr. Dylan hasn't made obvious fixes with cosmetic surgery, and favors "old man's clothes." With flat wide-brimmed hats and dark suits with piping on his pant legs, "he looks like a cross between a parson and a Mississippi riverboat gambler. It's stagey, but it's certainly sedate."
Pop critic Jim DeRogatis says Mr. Dylan's methods—changing the set list nightly, reshaping songs on the fly—are nobler even in defeat than the crowd-pleasing approach by the Rolling Stones. The Stones have poured money into production on stadium outings, such as the "Bigger Bang" tour in 2006 (featuring tiered balconies on stage for high-end ticket buyers) and delivered faithful renditions from their catalog, from "Start Me Up" to "Brown Sugar." "They're like a global corporation and they cannot let down their stockholders and employees," Mr. DeRogatis says.
Still, Mr. Dylan's live shows are a no-go for the critic ("I've been burned too many times") now that they're not compulsory—Mr. DeRogatis left the Chicago Sun-Times last year.
Stalwarts revel in the promise of resurgence. Two weeks ago, Kenny Goldsmith took his 12-year-old son to his first Bob Dylan concert, at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center, a hockey-rink facility in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. They both left disappointed. Reading the show's set list online the next day, he was surprised to see "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues"—he hadn't even recognized the lyrics coming out of Mr. Dylan's mouth.
Last week Mr. Goldsmith was in the audience again, this time at Terminal 5, a club frequented by indie rock bands on their way up. The venue was crowded and hot, the sound was clear, and Mr. Dylan seemed fired up for a three-night stand in Manhattan. Occasionally he bared his teeth in either a grimace or a grin.
As Mr. Dylan plowed through the climax of "Tom Thumb's Blues," singing, "I do believe I've had enough," a smiling Mr. Goldsmith turned to a friend and shouted, "Compared to last time? 180 degrees!"