Bob Dylan and Neil Young to headline British Summer Time | Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan and Neil Young will co-host a concert as part of the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park, London on July 12, 2019.
Dylan will be joined by his backing band, while Young will be backed by Promise of the Real, featuring Willie Nelson’s son Lukas, with whom Young recorded two of his most recent albums: The Monsanto Years and The Visitor. .
Fans are hoping the pair will play together at some point during the event. The outdoor show marks the meeting of two of North America’s most celebrated songwriters, who have recognized each other over the years. Young covered Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind extremely loudly for the 1991 Arc/Weld tour and also shortly after the 9/11 attacks, while Bob Dylan covered Young’s Old Man in concert.
The pair performed together on stage in 1992, for a Young concert dubbed “BobFest”: a 30th anniversary celebration of Dylan’s music that featured the duo playing Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door alongside Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash and more. They also performed together for The Last Waltz, the band’s last show of 1976, filmed by Martin Scorsese.
Young described Dylan in 2005 as “the master. If I wish I was anyone, it’s him… The guy wrote some of the greatest poetry and put it to music in a way that touched me, and other people have done, but not as consistently or as intensely.
Dylan, however, said he was troubled hearing Young’s song Heart of Gold on the radio when it was released in 1972. If it looks like me, it should be me too. It felt like someone else took my thing and ran away with it and, you know, I never got over it.
It was a turbulent year for Young. He married Darryl Hannah in August, opened his back catalog in a major online archive project and suffered the loss of his home in the recent California wildfires, criticizing Donald Trump for his response to the disaster. At 77, Dylan has a busy touring schedule – he performed across Europe, Australia and the US in 2018, and has a residency at the Beacon Theater in New York.
Tickets for the British Summer Time concert go on sale November 30.