Bob Dylan To Launch Arena Tour Behind Love and Theft

Songwriting master craftsman to begin trek October 5 in Spokane, Washington.

Living legend Bob Dylan, who’s been touring since August 10, is stealing September for himself before embarking on a two-month trek in October to support his new album, Love and Theft.

The songwriting master craftsman will begin the cross-country journey October 5 in Spokane, Washington, paying visits to 33 cities before concluding the tour November 24 in Boston, according to a Columbia Records spokesperson. Dylan will play arenas this time out, a sharp contrast to the last leg of his tour — he performed primarily on the state-fair circuit — that wrapped Saturday and kept him busy throughout the month (see “Bob Dylan Hitting State Fair Circuit [And Other Venues Too] In August” ).

Love and Theft, scheduled for release September 11 (see “Bob Dylan’s Love and Theft Coming In September” ), is Dylan’s first studio album since 1997′s Time Out of Mind. Since that LP’s release he has contributed the Oscar-winning “Things Have Changed” to the “Wonder Boys” soundtrack and the Dean Martin-popularized “Return to Me” to the second soundtrack to the HBO mob series “The Sopranos,” Sopranos: Peppers & Eggs (see “Dylan, Stones, Sinatra On ‘Sopranos’ Soundtrack” ).

To further promote his new LP, Dylan will appear in a TV commercial scheduled to begin airing September 3, the spokesperson said. In the spot, Dylan, card magician Ricky Jay and others act as a crop of card sharks huddled around a poker game while “Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum,” the first track on Love and Theft, plays in the background. Dylan’s Web site, www.bobdylan.com, will also show the commercial, starting Wednesday.

Bob Dylan tour dates, according to Columbia Records:


  • 10/5 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
  • 10/6 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena at Seattle Center
  • 10/7 – Corvallis, OR @ Gill Coliseum
  • 10/9 – Medford, OR @ Jackson County Fairgrounds
  • 10/10 – Sacramento, CA @ Memorial Auditorium
  • 10/12 – San Jose, CA @ Compaq Center at San Jose
  • 10/13 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
  • 10/14 – Santa Barbara, CA @ UCSB Events Center
  • 10/17 – La Jolla, CA @ RIMAC Arena
  • 10/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
  • 10/21 – Denver, CO @ Denver Coliseum
  • 10/23 – Sioux City, IA @ Orpheum Theatre
  • 10/24 – La Crosse, WI @ La Crosse Center
  • 10/25 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
  • 10/27 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
  • 10/28 – Milwaukee, WI @ U.S. Cellular Arena
  • 10/30 – Green Bay, WI @ Brown County Vet. Memorial Arena
  • 10/31 – Madison, WI @ Kohl Center
  • 11/2 – Terre Haute, IN @ ISU Hulman Center
  • 11/3 – Nashville, TN @ Municipal Auditorium
  • 11/4 – Cincinnati, OH @ Cintas Center
  • 11/6 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
  • 11/8 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
  • 11/9 – Detroit, MI @ Cobo Arena
  • 11/10 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
  • 11/11 – State College, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
  • 11/13 – Syracuse, NY @ War Memorial Arena
  • 11/15 – Washington, DC @ MCI Center
  • 11/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Union Spectrum
  • 11/19 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
  • 11/21 – Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena
  • 11/23 – Portland, ME @ Cumberland Civic Center
  • 11/24 – Boston, MA @ FleetCenter