Watch Bob Dylan Play a Private Concert for One Lucky Fan

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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  • Lena Geiser says:

    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!!

    Lena G

  • Roland says:

    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.

  • Alan Kittner says:

    Thank you Fredrik for rep­re­sent­ing those of us, so well, that might have want­ed to imag­ine them­selves in your place.

  • Mary says:

    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

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