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Bob Dylan and his band with special guest Mark Knopfler


After a wildly successful tour of Europe last year playing to standing-room-only crowds, Bob Dylan and his Band will tour North America this fall with special guest Mark Knopfler, including a western Michigan appearance at Van Andel Arena on November 12, 2012.  Showtime is 7:30pm.  Tickets for this concert will go on sale Saturday, September 15 at 10am.

Both artists will be releasing new albums next month.  Columbia Records announced that Bob Dylan's new studio album, Tempest, will be released on September 11.   Featuring ten new and original Bob Dylan songs, the release of Tempest coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the artist's eponymous debut album, which was released by Columbia in 1962.

Multiple Grammy Award winner Mark Knopfler will release his eighth solo album – and his first double album – Privateering, on Mercury Records on September 3rd, 2012.  Mark's association with Dylan dates back to 1979 when he played on Dylan's Slow Train Coming sessions and then produced Bob's acclaimed 1983 release Infidels.  Along with his own high-profile solo albums and the groundbreaking success with Dire Straits, Knopfler's track record as a collaborator is relatively unmatched, having performed and recorded over the years with Van Morrison, James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Chet Atkins, Buddy Guy, Sting, Jimmy Webb, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan and dozens more.

Bob Dylan's last four studio albums have been universally hailed as among the best of his storied career, achieving new levels of commercial success and critical acclaim for the artist.  Those four releases fell within a 12-year creative span that also included the recording of an Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning composition, "Things Have Changed," from the film Wonder Boys, in 2001; a worldwide best-selling memoir, Chronicles Vol. 1, which spent 19 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List, in 2004, and a Martin Scorsese-directed documentary, No Direction Home, in 2005.  This year, Bob Dylan was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor.  He was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."  He was also the recipient of the French Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in 1990, Sweden's Polar Music Award in 2000 and several Doctorates including the University of St. Andrews and Princeton University as well as numerous other honors.


Tickets On Sale Saturday, September 15 at 10:00am

Reserved tickets ($89.50 / $65.00 / $50.00) can be purchased at The Van Andel Arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased online at


Monday, November 12, 2012
 Starts at 07:30 PM


Van Andel Arena
130 West Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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