Bob’s never-ending tour

Saturday, 8 June, 2013

Applying some tasty licks of data-driven journalism, The Atlantic Cities pays tribute to our greatest living troubadour in “808 Cities, 2,503 Shows, and 1,007,416 Miles: The Staggering Geography of Bob Dylan’s ‘Never Ending Tour’“. Yesterday marked the 25th year of this musical odyssey and Eric Jaffe, rightly, celebrated the milestone. He added some lovely touches while doing so:

“He’s played Aberdeen in Scotland and Maryland, and Hamburg in New York and Germany, and Victoria in Canada and Hong Kong. He’s gone from Louisville to Nashville to Knoxville to Asheville to Huntsville in eight days. He’s toured Cork and Bordeaux, College Park and State College, Jean and Jaen, Dijon and Gijon, Nampa and Tampa. He played London, Canada, the same night a Dylan cover band played London, England. He once went straight from Assago to Zurich.”

And all along the road, Bob’s told the unvarnished truth:

You might like to wear cotton, might like to wear silk
Might like to drink whiskey, might like to drink milk
You might like to eat caviar, you might like to eat bread
You may be sleeping on the floor, sleeping in a king-sized bed

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
It may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

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