May 23, 2008

Somebody you don't have to speak to

Bob Dylan, who turns 67 tomorrow, will be doing it onstage not in New York or Los Angeles or Hibbing or Paris but in, of all places, St. John's, Newfoundland. Then it's off to Reykjavik, Estonia, and Lithuania. The Never Ending Tour, indeed.

According to Bill Pagel's massive database at, the last time Dylan performed on his birthday was in Dresden, Germany in 2000, where he played seven encores and remarked, "I'll be remembering this birthday for awhile."

Since there's been yet more controversy over same-sex marriage again lately, here's a number that some Dylanologists have surmised to be about a gay man. I'm not sure whether Bob has either confirmed or denied that interpretation, but it makes sense.

Not as an admission by one of the most notorious skirt chasers of all times, but rather as a bit of compassion.

Happy Birthday, Mr. D.

(And Mr. F. and Mr. R.)


Display Name said...

I share a birthday with the man!

Other Side said...

Wow. Mine is the day after. *shiver*

Anonymous said...

What, Dylan was born, just like other mortals?

I thought he just came out of the wilderness, a creature-boy deformed?

illusory tenant said...

'Scuse me while I kiss this guy.

Anonymous said...

Exactly. Like a Ronin, stoned.