The much-awaited Bob Dylan Live in Vietnam concert will be set in motion by legendary Vietnamese composer Trinh Cong Son’s songs to mark the latter’s 10th death anniversary.
40 years ago, an American folk singer Joan Baez dubbed Trinh Cong Son, a famous Vietnamese singer-songwriters, painters and poet, as “Bob Dylan of Vietnam” for his anti-war songs. And now, those two common souls from used-to-be-opposite sides will meet each other in this 10 April. “Both of them were nearly at the same age and had the same passion for writing anti-war songs,” Trinh Vinh Trinh, Trinh Cong Son‘s sister told the conference, adding that a concert bringing together Trinh Cong Son and Bob Dylan was indeed a rare treat.
As planned, Bob Dylan will appear at an 8,000-plus-seat stadium at RMIT University in Ho Chi Minh City on April 10. Well-known local singers and artists including saxophonist Tran Manh Tuan will perform Trinh Cong Son’s songs.
The organizers said Dylan chose to perform at a university campus in Vietnam because both he and Trinh Cong Son used to perform at universities to protest the Vietnam War. The concert will feature some of his classics, including “Masters of War”, “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are A-Changin,” which were the anthems of the counter-culture movement in the 1960s in the US.
Dylan has also requested that all audiences, VIPs included, will sit on green grass. Audiences are recommended to bring rain-coats or umbrellas in case there will be rain, but Dylan said that himself and his band will keep playing under the rain if there are still people stay to listen.
Bob Dylan – June 2010
Born in 1941, Bob Dylan has been a towering figure in music for over 5 decades. He has been honored with numerous awards, including several Grammies as well as an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.Time Magazine ranks him among 100 most influential people of the 20th century. His counterpart, Trinh Cong Son wrote more than 600 songs in his lifetime and is considered one of the most prolific songwriters in modern Vietnamese music.
Trinh Cong Son at the time he started to write anti-war song – 1960s.
The concert is being organized by Saigon Sound System, Thanh Nien Media Corp and Trinh Cong Son’s family. General admission tickets are available at 900,000 VND and a VIP package costs 2.5 million VND. Visit www.saigonsoundsystem.com for reservation in Vietnam.
Tickets can also be booked in Ho Chi Minh City at Juice (49 Mac Thi Buoi, D1), The Boathouse (40 Lily Rd, APSC Compound, 36 Thao Dien, D2) and Boomarang (The Crescent, Phu My Hung, District 7).
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