Bob Dylan considering gig in Swansea to mark centenary of birth of Dylan Thomas
BOB Dylan is considering a gig in Swansea to mark the centenary of Dylan Thomas's birth in 2014, parliament has heard.
Geraint Davies, Labour MP for Swansea West, mentioned the possibility during a discussion in the commons.
A host of Dylan Thomas-related events will take place in Wales next year to mark the centenary.
Mr Davies said: "Bob Dylan named himself after Dylan Thomas. We in Swansea will celebrate the centenary of Dylan Thomas's birth in 2014, and I have asked Bob Dylan whether he would be prepared to give a centenary concert in Swansea, in order that he could blend his music with Dylan Thomas's poetry.
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"Sony Music has come back and said that Mr Dylan is thinking very positively about the idea.
"Would the Leader of the House welcome such a concert, and does he agree that it would add to the reputation of Swansea, the popularity of Bob Dylan and the legacy of Dylan Thomas? Also, would the Leader of the House be interested in coming along, or is his answer "Blowing in the Wind"?
In reply, Leader of the House Andrew Lansley said: "I am very grateful to the hon. Gentleman. If I can attend, I will do so, and I will look forward to it.
"Perhaps others will join me. Many who come from Swansea might contemplate revisiting it.
"My hon. Friend, the Member for New Forest East (Dr Lewis) is from Swansea, as is the First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means—and, indeed, the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury."