Sweden gig for Bob Dylan after Nobel no-show

Bob Dylan declined to attend the Nobel ceremony last Saturday (Dec 10) due to "pre-existing commitments".
Bob Dylan declined to attend the Nobel ceremony last Saturday (Dec 10) due to "pre-existing commitments". PHOTO: AFP

STOCKHOLM • Nobel literature laureate Bob Dylan, 75, will perform in Sweden in April, offering the singer a chance to give the lecture that is a requirement for getting the US$870,000 (S$1.2 million) prize.

He declined to attend the Nobel ceremony last Saturday due to "pre-existing commitments". But he is scheduled to perform in Stockholm on April 1 and 2 and in Lund in southern Sweden on April 9, his website said.

To receive the prize, he needs to give a lecture within six months from last Saturday. It does not necessarily have to be delivered in Sweden's capital, Stockholm.

Ms Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy that awards the prize, said while details remained to be sorted out, she was expecting something to be arranged with Dylan.

 
 
 

In a Nov 18 statement, the Swedish Academy said a possible performance in Stockholm in spring would be a "perfect opportunity" to deliver the lecture.

Dylan sent a message last Saturday, thanking the academy for awarding him the prize, an honour he believed was about as likely as "standing on the moon".

"I'm sorry I can't be with you in person, but please know that I am most definitely with you in spirit and honoured to be receiving such a prestigious prize," he said in a speech read by Ms Azita Raji, the United States ambassador to Sweden, at the Nobel banquet.

Dylan accepted the prize after frustrating the academy with weeks of silence following the announcement of the award on Oct 13.

He performs regularly around the world on what has been dubbed "The Never Ending Tour".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 14, 2016, with the headline 'Sweden gig for Bob Dylan after Nobel no-show'. Print Edition | Subscribe