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Bob Dylan forced to cancel summer tour due to coronavirus

Bob Dylan’s major U.S. summer tour dates has been cancelled due to the current coronavirus pandemic.

The string of shows, which was originally planned to start on June 4th in Oregon and to wrap on July 12th with a finale in New York, were unable to find suitable dates to be rescheduled.

“To all our fans: In the interest of public health and safety and after many attempts to try and reschedule these shows for a workable timeframe this year, it is with deep regret that we announce the US Bob Dylan shows originally scheduled for June/July are cancelled,” the tweet reads.

“We hope to be back out on the road at the earliest possible time once we are confident that it is safe for both fans and concert staff,” he added. “Please contact your point of purchase for all information on refunds.”

The news comes shortly after Dylan recently announced Rough and Rowdy Ways, his first album of new material in eight years.

Dylan, it would seem, has heard the calls for an old guiding voice in these turbulent times and the singer-songwriter has not disappointed. ‘False Prophet’ is a bluesy jam flecked with the Nobel Prize winner’s famous wit.

A new Bob Dylan album is on the way and nothing could make us happier right now. Not just because Dylan is one of the most celebrated musicians of all time but because his latest releases have been some of his best.

The album will arrive on June 19th via Columbia Records and has already seen two releases shed light on what the record might hold. Judging by ‘Murder Most Foul’, his 17-minute long reflection on pop culture, and ‘I Contain Multitudes’ a Walt Whitman-nodding self-reflection, we’re in for a real treat.

Rough and Rowdy Ways is the first new album of original material since 2012’s Tempest and is eagerly anticipated not only by his wide fan base but a whole world in need of an old head.

Listen to the brilliant new song ‘False Prophet’ below.

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