After spending most of the summer in Europe, Bob Dylan will return to the U.S. for a series of gigs in the West and Midwest this August just in time for state fair season.
While the state fair circuit is typically the vestige of country artists and has-been rockers, Dylan has shown no aversion to playing amongst the hog barns and midways in the past. This stretch of his Never-Ending Tour, which he started in 1988 and hasn't let up on since (with the exception of a few months off here and there), will kick off with fair dates in Iowa, Missouri and Illinois and wrap up in Lancaster, California, on August 25.
The 60-year-old folk rock legend, who won an Oscar this year for "Things Have Changed," hasn't released an album since 1997's Grammy-winning Time Out of Mind. In addition to "Things Have Changed," from the "Wonder Boys" soundtrack, Dylan recently released "Return to Me," a pop standard popularized by Dean Martin, on The Sopranos: Peppers & Eggs (see "Dylan, Stones, Sinatra On 'Sopranos' Soundtrack").
Dylan's touring band features guitarist Charlie Sexton and multi-instrumentalist and musical director Larry Campbell, along with bassist Tony Garnier and drummer David Kemper.
Bob Dylan tour dates, according to Columbia Records:
- 8/10 - Des Moines, IA @ Iowa State Fair
- 8/11 - Sedalia, MO @ Missouri State Fair
- 8/12 - Springfield, IL @ Illinois State Fair
- 8/14 - Little Rock, AR @ Riverfest Amphitheatre
- 8/15 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre
- 8/16 - Wichita, KS @ Century II Convention Center
- 8/18 - Pueblo, CO @ Colorado State Fair
- 8/19 - Vail, CO @ Gerald Ford Amphitheatre
- 8/23 - Sun City West, AZ @ Sundome Center
- 8/24 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel - The Joint
- 8/25 - Lancaster, CA @ Antelope Valley Fair