Selected by Dan Grunebaum

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan


Twenty-two years after he first visited the country and three years since his most recent stopover, the Tambourine Man returns to Japan for a national tour that will take him to three Tokyo area venues, including the venerable Budokan.

Rather than attempt to summarize the career of someone Time magazine calls one of the 20th century' 200 most important people, or reflect on his influence on today's protest bands like Rage Against the Machine, it is enough to consider what the man has been up to of late.

After returning from a 1997 brush with death (due to an inflamed heart muscle), about which he uttered the priceless comment, "I really thought I'd be seeing Elvis soon," Dylan issued one of his finest albums in years. Time Out Of Mind was a bleak, stark recording, with Dylan pondering the subjects that have always been the goldmine for his best songs: Lost love and death. Debuting in the Top 10, it earned him three Grammys in 1998 for Album of the Year, Best Contemporary Folk Album and Best Male Rock Vocal.

Early in 2000, meanwhile, the release of the movie, The Hurricane, provided an occasion to take a fresh look at one of Dylans landmark songs, "Hurricane." Telling the story of boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter who spent nineteen years in prison for a murder he did not commit, the song was featured in the movie.

More recently, Dylan spent the summer of 2000 co-headlining a tour with former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, before launching a North American one that ended in November.

On October 31, Columbia Records released The Essential Bob Dylan, a limited issue digitally remastered two-disc set of, er, essential Dylan tracks including "Blowin' in the Wind," "Tangled Up in Blue" and "Knockin on Heaven's Door."

J. Bob Dylan plays Omiya Sonic City on February 25, Pacifico Yokohama on March 2 and Nihon Budokan on March 14. See listings for details.

Concert Listings
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel


392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana