Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
The Schmooze

Weirdest Concert of Bob Dylan’s Career Happened Yesterday

In what was undoubtedly the least-attended but most-memorable concert of his career, Bob Dylan performed a four-song afternoon set for one person yesterday at the Philadelphia Academy of Music. Yes, you read that correct. One person. And it was not a CEO or aristocrat. Not even, God forbid, a music journalist.

As reported by Rolling Stone, the concert’s only spectator was Fredrik Wikingsson. Wikingsson is one half of the “Filip and Fredrik podcast,” who attended as part of a Swedish film series, “Experiment Alone,” in which individuals are filmed at events that are normally reserved for a great many more people.

According to Relix, the set was comprised of cover versions, including Buddy Holly’s “Heartbeat” and Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill.” Wikingsson, who said he didn’t know how much Dylan had been paid for the private performance, told Rolling Stone’s Andy Greene, “”I thought some asshole would walk onstage and just laugh at me. I just couldn’t fathom that Dylan would actually do this.”

Or, as Mr. Wikingsson put it more succinctly on Twitter, “Damn!”

In the evening, Dylan went on to play a more traditional show at the same venue. No reports have come in on the exact attendance of that concert, but it seems fair to say that it attracted a better crowd than the afternoon gig.

Engage

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.