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Friday
Jan182013

Report: Bob Dylan Considering Performing Concert in Wales in Honor of Late Poet Dylan Thomas

Columbia RecordsBob Dylan has been invited to participate in Swansea, Wales' planned 2014 celebration of the centennial of famed poet Dylan Thomas's birth, and the folk-rock legend reportedly is mulling over the request. 

According to the This Is South Wales website, U.K. parliament member Geraint Davies revealed during a meeting of the House of Commons that he'd sent a message to the singer/songwriter asking if he would play a concert in Swansea to commemorate Thomas, adding that Dylan's label had responded "and said that Mr. Dylan is thinking very positively about the idea."

Davies also noted during his address that "Bob Dylan named himself after Dylan Thomas," and noted that during the planned centenary event it was hoped that "he could blend his music with Dylan Thomas's poetry."

Davies, who hails from Swansea, went on to ask Leader of the House Andrew Lansley if he would "welcome such a concert, and does he agree that it would add to the reputation of Swansea, the popularity of Bob Dylan and the legacy of Dylan Thomas?" then quipped, "Also, would the Leader of the House be interested in coming along, or is his answer 'Blowing in the Wind'?"

Lansley responded by saying, "If I can attend, I will do so, and I will look forward to it."

The concert would be one of a series of activities expected to be scheduled throughout Wales during 2014 in honor of what would have been Thomas's 100th birthday.  The poet was born and raised in Swansea, Wales.  He was only 39 when he died in New York City in November 1953 from pneumonia and the effects of alcohol abuse.

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