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Published: 2013/06/24

Is Bob Dylan Ready for Some Sit Ins on the Americanarama Tour?

Jim James has told Rolling Stone that Bob Dylan might be interested in collaborating with some of the acts he’ll be touring with on the upcoming Americanarama Tour, which will feature Dylan, My Morning Jacket, Wilco and, on occasion, Bob Weir and Beck. In their latest issue, the magazine reports that, “While the Jacket have opened for Dylan on other tours, James has yet to meet the man (‘Ten years ago, in Louisville, his security kicked us out of backstage,’ he recalls.) But this time around, he’s heard Dylan might be open to collaborating with his tourmates.”

Dylan hasn’t sat in with any of his tourmates since August 2003, when he joined The Dead, and consequently Bob Weir, at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. The two Bobs played on the same bill at Hershey Park Pavilion last year, but they never joined forces during the show. We certainly hope that some collaborations go down on this upcoming tour, which has a pretty high potential for greatness.

Additional reporting by Dan Bryant


There are 14 comments associated with this post

peachhead June 24, 2013, 19:13:05

Don’t forget Ryan Bingham and Richard Thompson are also part of some of these shows, two very cool songwriters from different eras

Astrid June 24, 2013, 19:13:35

Dylan is legend. Sit-ins are blasphemous. Viv la Dillon!

@bryontreece June 24, 2013, 19:31:21

I am very excited to see Ryan Bingham at Jones Beach; really dig his stuff.

JKuss80 June 24, 2013, 21:55:52

Can’t wait to see this tour on Sunday in Nashville!! Fingers crossed for some Bob on Bob action!

tony boy June 25, 2013, 06:11:08

should be a highlight….too bad it won’t be….Weir and Jim James might be cool…Dylan has lost his passion…one man’s opinion..

corky in kc June 25, 2013, 07:53:18

I don’t know if this was recorded anywhere by ‘the historians’ who document such things, but I saw Dylan with Elvis Costello a few years back (10/07) at the Fox in St. Louis. They came out at encore, ahead of the final pair of songs he usually finishes with and did ‘Tears of Rage’ on acoustics. We KNEW we were seeing something truly special. He hadn’t played guitar in years at the shows I’d been seeing. Arthritis? It’s the only time I’ve seen him do anything like it these last 8-10 years. I’d also read he’d done an encore with Jack White not long ago. Maybe in Memphis? Not sure….perhaps an artist simply has to ask him directly to get the chance to sing. That can’t be easy. Not with the man’s security tossing the opening bands out backstage. Sheesh! But to actually collaborate, mid-set, with these new fans/bands is something that would be amazing to see for sure.

Bob C June 25, 2013, 08:03:49

Mark Knopfler sat in with Dylan nightly during most of their U.S. tour together last fall; they also collaborated earlier in the year during their European tour.

Jesse June 25, 2013, 09:10:12

Um…what? Do some research. Yeah, Bob hasn’t sat in on another set since 2003, but he’s played with Willie Nelson, and Mark Knopfler a bunch.

Jack attack June 25, 2013, 10:12:54

He regularly performed a couple of songs with Paul Simon on their tour. Also, he was joined by Luke Nelson (son of Willie) in Nashville a couple of years ago for LARS. Afterwards they shared a big bear hug.

Fairwayrunner June 25, 2013, 10:52:16

And a LOOOONGG time ago, he shared a stage with Paul Simon, 1999. On the “Two Worlds Collide” North American Tour.

J June 25, 2013, 10:55:26

In fairness, maybe they’re referring to the fact that he hasn’t sat in with any of his current tourmates.

john June 25, 2013, 11:19:04

Exactly J. They sat in with him!

Mark Grissom June 25, 2013, 11:43:33

A version of “Going To Acapulco” with Jim James would be nice!

dk70 June 26, 2013, 14:34:59

No one is allowed within 50 feet of His Royal Bobness at his shows. Except Chumlee from Pawn Stars.

Noodles July 5, 2013, 17:28:06

Chumlee is awesome. That episode amazed me, too. I had figured he was just having fun, Dylan must be a fan or a manager is. ‘Rick’ has a very visible GD poster in the office (on the show) by the old man if you look, it’s gone since last season but look at any episode prior. I’d think after many lifetimes, decades on the road, Dylan could care less about this articles topic. I saw him with Phil n friends outside San Diego around 2000 ish. And solo, and other times when ya come to recall all the years and shows….

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