Bob Dylan is 73 years old today and showing no signs of slowing down.
Dylan has been on his Never Ending Tour since 1988 and just completed the 116th leg of the tour in Japan and Hawaii.
Bob will release his 36th studio album this year. It is expected to be a Frank Sinatra covers record. The first song ‘Full Moon and Empty Arms’ was revealed last week.
Here are some other Dylan fun facts to mark Bob’s birthday today:
1. Bob Dylan once appeared in a Victoria’s Secret television commercial.
2. He has also appears in an ad for Chrysler where he also does the voice-over.
3. Bob Dylan has been on what is called the “Never Ending Tour” since June 7, 1988. He has performed 2580 shows over 116 legs since that date including 77 shows in Australia and New Zealand.
4. In 1997 Dylan performed for Pope John Paul II. At the time Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the current Pope, tried to stop the Papal performance.
5. Bob Dylan once guest starred in the sitcom Dharma and Greg playing himself.
6. Bob Dylan was the star on the 1987 movie ‘Hearts Of Fire’ playing a retired rock star who becomes a farmer and then comes out of retirement to help and up and coming singer. The movie was a flop. Dylan disowned it and it has never been released on DVD.
7. When Bette Midler covered Dylan’s Buckets Of Rain, Bob sang backing vocals.
8. In recent years Australia’s Nash Edgerton has become Bob Dylans’s video director of choice. Edgerton has directed ‘Duquene Whistle’, ‘It Must Be Santa’ and ‘Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
Bob Dylan will tour Australia in August. Tickets from Ticketmaster.com.au