While other musicians have trouble crossing over to a different musical genre, Bob Dylan has helped define numerous musical styles that have drawn crowds on tour dates spanning half a century. During the early 60s, Dylan pioneered folk music that would smirk in the face of establishment and become the voice of a generation. In the latter half of the 60s, Bob Dylan smirked in the face of folk fans by adopting a hard rocking, electric musical style that added a new dimension to rock music. Since the late 80s, the musician has been playing a continuous string of concert dates on his Never Ending Tour, including tour dates in 2011.
Robert Allen Zimmerman was born in Duluth, Minnesota, on May 24, 1941. While attending his one year at the University of Minnesota, Bob became interested in folk music and, inspired by both Woodie Guthrie and Dylan Thomas, Robert Zimmerman moved to New York City and became Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan's 1962, self-titled debut wasn't commercially successful, but he would gain more notoriety during a trip to the UK later in the year. There he debuted "Blowin' in the Wind" and, upon his return to the US, became more involved in the civil rights movement with fellow musician Joan Baez. This showed in many songs on 1963's The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, which became a musical awakening for audiences.
Bob Dylan garnered even more attention through tour dates with Joan Baez and the release of The Times They Are a-Changin' in 1964. However, shortly after the album's release, Dylan became increasingly frustrated with the constraints and expectations imposed upon him by the folk scene and took a huge stylistic leap with Bringing It All Back Home in 1965. The album saw Dylan's first use of electric instruments on an album, and was followed by the use of electric guitars during a tour date at the Newport Folk Festival. Dylan continued to develop his wild electric sound on the albums Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde.
After being injured in a motorcycle accident in 1966, Bob Dylan shrank from the public eye while continuing to release albums that experimented with country, rock, and blues. Bob Dylan experienced huge success as a part of the super group, the Traveling Wilburys, which he co-founded with George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne. After two hit albums and sold-out tour dates with the band, Dylan followed them up with the critically acclaimed, Oh Mercy, in 1989. His next big hit came in 1997 with Time Out of Mind which saw Dylan nail down an applauded musical style that won three Grammys. With at least one album conquering each decade, Bob Dylan released Modern Times to critical and commercial acclaim in 2006. This was followed by Together Through Life in 2009 and The Witmark Demos in 2010, along with tour dates that proved the music of Bob Dylan will remain timeless.
Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour marches on with summer tour dates in 2011. Mr. Dylan's concert schedule will focus on Europe until July 14, when he will return to the United States. Bob Dylan will visit most of the country before his 2011 tour dates end on August 20 in Bangor, ME, so make sure to check ticket info on Eventful soon.
Mark Knopfler (born August 12, 1949, Glasgow, Scotland) is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and film score composer.
Knopfler was originally best-known as the lead guitarist and vocalist for the band Dire Straits, which he co-founded in 1977 with his brother David. Since the final Dire Straits album in 1991, Knopfler has continued to record and produce albums as a solo artist, under his own name. Knopfler has occasionally played in other groups, such as the "supergroup" The Notting Hillbillies. Additionally, he has performed as a guest on works by other artists, including Bob Dylan, Bryan Ferry, Eric Clapton, John Fogerty, Jools Holland, Steely Dan and Chet Atkins. He has produced albums for artists such as Tina Turner, Randy Newman, Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris. In addition, he has scored the music to several films, including Local Hero, The Princess Bride, Cal, Last Exit to Brooklyn and Wag the Dog.
He is one of the most respected fingerstyle guitarists of the modern rock era. Knopfler was ranked #27 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".