Like his legendary father before him, Wallflowers' leader Jakob
Dylan apparently prefers to keep his personal life private.
So it's not
surprising that when news surfaced Wednesday that his dad, Bob Dylan, one of
the most influential voices in the history of rock music, was hospitalized with
a potentially life-threatening heart ailment, that the younger Dylan has not
had anything to say in public. That's what his publicists say.
to Jakob, and on our side of stuff there is no comment with regard to his
father," said Like Burland, a spokesperson for the Wallflowers.
said that Jakob's highly successful tour to promote the band's second album,
Bringing Down the Horse, which has sold more than two million
looks like it will hit the three million mark soon, will not be postponed as a
result of his father's illness. "They're in Europe now," she said, adding that
the shows will "absolutely" continue as scheduled.
As for whether Jakob has
been in touch with his 56-year-old father since the '60s folk-rock guru was
stricken with severe chest pains over the past weekend she added, "I have no
idea, but I would have thought so. It's his father. But I didn't ask Jakob."
Dylan, 56, whose own summer tour was canceled, is being treated at an
undisclosed hospital for a not uncommon condition known as histoplasmosis, a
potentially fatal infection that results in a swelling of the sac surrounding
the heart. He is undergoing treatment and will remain in the hospital
indefinitely, according to a statement issued by Larry Jenkins, a Columbia
Records representative in New York. A source close to Dylan's family told
Reuters yesterday that the hospital is not in New York, and that Dylan
is registered under an assumed name.
Dylan, considered rock's most
important songwriter, composed such classic and often-covered songs as "Like A
Rolling Stone" "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "The Times They Are a-Changin' ." He
has influenced everyone from the Beatles and Rolling Stones to Bruce
Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Everclear and Pearl Jam.
A statement from his
publicists in Britain, where Dylan was scheduled to tour this summer, said that
he "is undergoing treatment and will remain hospitalized in the care of his
physicians until such time as they feel confident that his condition has
improved, after which time there will need to be a period of recuperation."
In the wake of his illness, Dylan's upcoming tour of Ireland, the U.K.
and Switzerland was canceled. It is uncertain whether the shows will be
rescheduled, according to the statement. Ticket holders are asked to check with
their local ticket distributor for refund policies.
Columbia, his record
company, is, however, keeping an August tour of the U.S. on the calendar for