Support grows for Bob Dylan concert in Swansea
SUPPORT for a Bob Dylan concert in Swansea is gathering momentum like a rolling stone.
The legendary American singer songwriter, who changed his name from Robert Zimmerman to honour his favourite poet, Dylan Thomas, is said to be mulling over an invitation from Swansea West MP Geraint Davies to play at the city's Liberty Stadium next year.
The concert, if it takes place, would form an important part a nationwide celebration of the centenary of Dylan's Cwmdonkin Drive birth in 2014.
Mr Davies raised the possibility of such a gig in Parliament this week by telling Andrew Lansley, the leader of the House of Commons: "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.
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"It would be a global event on TV and the web which would enhance Swansea's reputation, increase Bob Dylan's popularity and support Dylan Thomas's literary legacy."
Mr Davies added: "So far I've had a positive response from SonyMusic and Bob Dylan, and his managers are looking at the options.
"Meanwhile, MPs from across the Chamber are asking how they can get tickets."
Jeff Towns, owner of Dylan's Bookstore in Swansea and chairman of the Dylan Thomas Society of Great Britain, said: "I got into Dylan Thomas because of Bob Dylan. I bought one of his records in the 1960s and learned that he had taken his name from a Welsh poet."
Mr Towns said that the concert had a way to go before becoming a reality, but added: "If they could marry the two in Swansea it would be perfect.
"It will be almost the icing on the cake. All we can do is hope."
A spokesman for Derricks Music in Oxford Street, which has been selling records and concert tickets in the city for decades, said that if the concert came off it would be a major draw.
He said: "If they could pull it off it would be great. You can't ask for better than Bob Dylan, he's an absolute legend, there's no two ways about it."
Dylan fan Gerald Davies from Swansea said: "Stop pondering Dylan, get to the Liberty.
"You would not have your name but for Mr Thomas so it's payback time."
A Swansea Council spokesman added: "Bob Dylan is one of the most influential and well-known musicians of the last 50 years, so it would be welcome news if it's confirmed in future that he's to perform here.
"It would be a great addition to the exciting programme of activities that Swansea has planned to celebrate this centenary."