Bob Dylan Tickets for Sale

Bob Dylan tickets for the 2011 summer will find the legendary folk musician traversing across the country. For Dylan is back on his annual summer concert tour with shows scheduled from July 14 to August 20, 2011. Bob will be kicking off the 23-city national tour with a concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA and ending, as of yet, at the Bangor Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, ME. Dylan is making his way across the country on a horseshoe. He will travel down from California through the desert Western states through the Southwest to the South and up the coast until the final concert in Maine. OnlineSeats has cheap Bob Dylan tickets for all those shows.

Bob Dylan has been a major popular figure for the past five decades. Although he never set out simply to sell tickets and albums, Dylan has become one of the biggest draws in almost every generation. His thought provoking lyrics have had an impact on politics and social problems, avoiding the generalities of pop music and infusing philosophical and literary references into his songs.

Bob Dylan emerged out of Minnesota onto the folk scene in 1959 at the age of 18. Then known as Robert Zimmerman, he enrolled at the University of Minnesota and found folk music. Previously he was entranced by rock and roll. With a guitar, harmonica, and keyboard, Dylan began to play at the 10 O'clock Scholar, a coffee house on campus, and on concerts with the Dinkytown folk music circuit, trying to establish himself as a folk musician, not worrying about selling tickets.

Zimmerman decided to change his name early on. Originally he wanted to be known as Robert Allen, but the name was already taken. After reading some poems by Dylan Thomas, Bob decided that the Dylan and Allen sounded similar enough and that the "D" made a much stronger impression.

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Dylan dropped out of college after his freshman year and stayed there until January 1961, when he moved to New York City to met Woody Guthrie, then his music idol. Bob Dylan came away with a friend, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, who was a close friend of Guthrie. He was a long way from the busy tour schedules that would sell tickets later that decade. His first few albums struggled to gain much recognition and his label considered dropping him.

The "new folk movement" began to explode out of Greenwich Village though, and Bob Dylan was the dominant artist of the movement. After 1964, Dylan released five straight platinum albums, throwing traditional popular music for a loop. He was a controversial figure for his political views and his own music development. To the horror of traditional folk fans, Dylan began to add a rock and roll influence to concerts and albums. Though the folk community would feel betrayed, the rest of the world enjoyed the melding of styles, as shown by the number of tickets sold on his tours and the album position of his releases.

Bob Dylan felt increasing pressure from the public and escaped into reclusion at the start of the ‘70s. He would soon start touring and writing new songs again. The commercial success of his early albums like Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde would never return, but his influence extended to musicians for decades and his tour regularly sell out of tickets to this day. He has continued to change as a musician, dabbling in gospel, rap, and the blues.

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