Bob Dylan Teams with Mark Knopfler for North American Tour
About a month ago, Bob Dylan revealed that he would be hitting the road with Mark Knopfler later this year, and now he has announced a second leg of North American dates that will also include the former Dire Straits frontman.
The first date of the second leg will be held on October 5 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, and the tour is scheduled to run through November 14, when the pair of legendary songwriters visit the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. In between those dates, the tour will visit Seattle, San Francisco, Sacramento, Tulsa, Omaha and Milwaukee, among others. The previously announced first leg of the tour is scheduled to run from August 10 through September 1.
Both artists have new albums coming out later this year that the tour will support, and Dylan just released new details about his new record. Scheduled to be released on September 11, Tempest will be a 10 song album that sounds like “something you’ve never heard before from Bob,” according to a source reported in the Wall Street Journal.
Previously it was reported that the album will contain a long epic song about the Titanic, and it has now been revealed that a song called “Roll On John” is a tribute of sorts to John Lennon. The album was recorded during the first three months of this year, and is Dylan’s first original studio album since 2009’s Together Through Life (Dylan also released a Christmas album later that same year). The new album will be his 35th solo album, and comes exactly 50 years after he released his self-titled debut album in 1962.
Knopfler’s new offering will be called Privateering, and is scheduled to be released on September 3. This will be his seventh solo album since Dire Straits disbanded in 1995.