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The Bob Dylan Show coming to Seattle in October


Bob Dylan has a longer list of awards and honors than most musicians have albums. He’s also been performing longer than many other musicians have been alive. Sort of like a human Energizer bunny. His most recent studio album, Together Through Life, released in April this year, is his 33rd, and the Never Ending Tour, begun in 1988, doesn’t appear to have an end in sight. Hence the name, right?

The latest iteration of that tour brings him to Seattle on October 5 for a concert at the WaMu Theater. Tickets are on sale now for the General Admission show for a cost of $47.50. Of course, you have to add in the $10 convenience charge, the $2 building fee and if you want to print your own tickets it’ll cost you $2.50. But it’s only a dollar to pick them up and free if they’re sent by standard mail. So adding a minimum of 25% to the ticket price, it’s really a $60 concert. That’s not unreasonable for a great show, but 25 percent?!

Ok, so the Ticketmaster rant aside, Dylan doesn’t actually care for the term “Never Ending Tour,” no matter how appropriate it might seem. He’s written, “don’t be bewildered by the Never Ending Tour chatter. There was a Never Ending Tour but it ended in ’91 with the departure of guitarist G. E. Smith. That one’s long gone but there have been many others since then.

I’m tempted to go see him. After all, this is the musician who received a Citation from the Pulitzer Prize folks in 2008 for having a “profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” Then again, since he’s also one of the most hardworking performers around he’ll probably be back in another year or two. What do you think?