The Bob Dylan Story
A STUNNING live celebration of rock music’s greatest icon takes centre stage at the Palace Theatre, Southend on Sunday 21st January. The Bob Dylan Story recreates all the classic hits, from The Times They Are A-Changin’, Blowin’ In The Wind and Mr Tambourine Man through to Like A Rolling Stone, Subterranean Homesick Blues, Lay Lady Lay, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door and many more, while telling some of the fascinating tales behind them.
Bill Lennon who plays Dylan in the sensational new multimedia show The Bob Dylan Story, tells us more…
How did the idea for the show come about?
It’s a no brainer really – I have always been a fan and really it was just waiting for the right time. And although there have been other Dylan tributes, I felt it needed a proper theatre show to really do it justice.
When did you start being a fan of Bob Dylan’s music?
My dad had The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan on vinyl when I was a kid and I fell in love with it. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right, which we do in the show, is the one that really sticks out for me from that album – it seems to be a fan favourite. I also remember hearing Positively 4th Street and Like A Rolling Stone back to back on the radio when I was a teenager and the sound of those records just blew me away.
What is your favourite Bob Dylan song to perform?
Well we do about 25 in the show and they’re all a joy to perform in their own way, but I guess it would be either Quinn The Eskimo, which was of course a massive hit for Manfred Mann, or Rainy Day Women Nos. 12&35, simply because the band just have so much fun with them, as do the audience!
What can the audience expect?
A show which is both poignant and rocking in equal measure, performed by genuine Dylan fans who take pride and pleasure in reproducing the songs exactly the way people remember hearing them. Think of a Dylan concert in his full mid-sixties pomp and prime, throw in some carefully chosen visual projections to set the scene, a few stories about Dylan’s life and songs, and you’re getting very warm!
What will the audience take from the show?
We hope people leave with a nostalgia-infused warmth, a renewed appreciation of Dylan’s music, and an eagerness to tell their friends what a great time they had!
The Bob Dylan Story comes to the Palace Theatre, Southend on Sunday 21 January at 7.30pm. For more information and tickets call the Box Office on 01702 351135 or visit www.southendtheatres.org.uk