Bob Dylan coming to Lucerna’s Velký sál

The legendary musician will play for three consecutive days

Singer and songwriter Bob Dylan and his band will be at Lucerna’s Velký sál on April 7, 8 and 9, 2019. Tickets go on sale Dec. 14 at 9 am.

Dylan usually plays much larger venues, and the last three times he was in Prague it was at O2 Arena, most recently in 2014. In April this year he was in Brno, but bypassed Prague.

This won’t be the first time Dylan has had consecutive shows in Prague. He played three nights in a row in 1995 at what is now the Congress Center.

Dylan is now is now 77 years old, and how much longer he will carry out his so-called Never Ending Tour is uncertain, though he shows no signs of retiring.

The Minnesota native, born as Robert Zimmerman, surprisingly won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016 for creating “new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” and caused a bit of a stir when he wouldn’t change his schedule to go to the ceremony. He sent Patty Smith instead.

He has also made a name for himself as a painter, and some of his work from his travels was displayed in Prague’s Old Town Hall in 2017.

But he is best known for his music, which dates back to 1959 and stretches out over six decades. He began with folk songs, many of which were taken up by the movement against the Vietnam War, and his music was part of the soundtrack of the 1960s.

He divided his fans in the mid-1960s by going electric, but this also produced some of his best material including the albums Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde.
He later explored country music and other styles in the 1970s and early ’80s and even went through a Born Again phase, before returning to his secular roots.

His most recent album, Triplicate, was released in 2017 and has live versions of classic American songs by other songwriters.

His Never Ending Tour began in 1988 and has been going on ever since with Dylan playing approximately 3,000 shows since then. Unlike other musicians, he does not do a specific tour for each new album. During the Never Ending Tour, though, he has also released over a dozen albums.

He also varies the set lists a lot from show to show, so it is never clear what the audience will hear. This is in contrast to most modern musicians, who have highly choreographed shows with specific lighting and stage effects that allow little room for spontaneity.

He has been quite prolific, considering how much time he spends on the road.

Over his career, he has released 36 studio albums, 91 singles, 26 notable extended plays, 40 music videos, 13 live albums, 14 volumes of the Bootleg Series, 19 compilation albums, 13 box sets and seven soundtracks as the main contributor.

He has starred in three theatrical films, appeared in an additional eight films and is the subject of the biographical tribute film I'm Not There.

Aside from the Nobel Prize, he has won an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, 11 Grammy Awards and has eight albums or songs in the Grammy Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. He has also received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and the French Legion of Honor.

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