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Dylan Knockin' on Concert Door
From: InfoSec News <isn () c4i org>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2001 03:12:26 -0500 (CDT)


by Josh Grossberg 
Oct 15, 2001, 1:35 PM PT 

The times are definitely a-changin'. 

Used to be Bob Dylan could sit right down in the middle of any hippie
den and belt out such '60s anthems as "Blowin' in the Wind," "All
Along the Watchtower" and "Like a Rolling Stone."

But in the post-September 11 world, the legendary singer-songwriter
can't even headline a show without getting tangled up in his own

Dylan, on tour to support his new critically acclaimed album, Love and
Theft (released coincidentally on September 11), was getting ready to
perform in Medford, Oregon, last Tuesday when he was denied entry
backstage by his own security detail.

Scheduled to perform before a crowd of a few thousand at the Jackson
County Exposition Center, Dylan was on his way backstage when he was
stopped by three thirtysomething female guards who apparently did not
recognize the rock icon.

"If it was [country singer] George Strait, they probably would have
recognized him," venue manager Chris Borovansky told the Associated

The 60-year-old musician's security director had reportedly beefed up
security following last month's terror attacks and instructed the
guards stationed at the checkpoint to refuse access to anyone not
carrying a valid backstage pass. Apparently, Dylan didn't have one.

"He said no exceptions," said Borovansky. "Absolutely none."

Not even for Mr. Tambourine Man

When the wiry-haired Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tried to get by, one
of the guards stopped him and asked for his credentials at which point
an argument broke out. Dylan's security director then appeared on the
scene and, along with Dylan, demanded the guards be removed from the

Borovansky told AP he preferred to use the friendlier term
"relocated," and said the guards were essentially doing what they were
told and commended them on a "great job."

(Sounds more like a case of "Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum.")

Dylan's cross-country trek for Love and Theft, his follow up to 1997's
Grammy-winning Time Out of Mind, is scheduled to run through November
and wrap up at Boston's Fleet Center on November 24.

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