On November 23rd, Bob Dylan played a live concert for one awed fan. As Rolling Stone described it, “Fredrik Wikingsson walked into Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, took a seat in the [sixth] row and prepared to watch his hero play a concert just for him.” “At this point,” Wikingsson said, “I still thought I was about to get Punk’d.” “I thought some asshole would walk onstage and just laugh at me. I just couldn’t fathom that Dylan would actually do this.”
But it wasn’t a joke. Dylan treated the superfan to a personal concert, playing covers of songs from the early days of American rock n roll. And it was all filmed for a Swedish TV series called Experiment Ensam (Experiment Alone), where individuals take part, alone, in activities usually meant for groups. The video of the experimental concert went online yesterday. You can watch it above.
For more news bringing together Bob Dylan and Sweden, see our recent post: Swedish Scientists Sneak Bob Dylan Lyrics Into Their Academic Publications For Last 17 Years.
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Thanks for sharing!
I´m so proud over you Fredrik!
Being a person doing everything upside down and inside out, you really took it like a man!
Thank you for sharing so generously!
Thank You Mr Dylan for being a part of this experiment!!
it is just amazing and really great to see Dylan from a side we don’t know ….. and he would have tons of material to give concerts with covers.
Thank you Fredrik for representing those of us, so well, that might have wanted to imagine themselves in your place.
Dylan seemed more aloof than even his usual self!
He used to be my hero because he is such a great poet!I realize now that the man and the art are two separate things. I am GLAD I did not have this concert! I feel bad for Fredrik! If it were me it would make Bob Dylan tumble from hero to self absorbed jaded star who just does things for his own purposes! Geesh Bob you could have at least acknowledged the man! It is almost inhuman