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After Skipping the Nobel Prize Ceremony, Bob Dylan Announces Three Swedish Shows

CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 11: Musician Bob Dylan performs onstage during the AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Michael Douglas at Sony Pictures Studios on June 11, 2009 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)

This weekend, Bob Dylan didn’t attend the Stockholm ceremony honoring him as the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature. (Patti Smith performed “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” in his place.) Today, the legendary songwriter announced three tour dates in Sweden for spring 2017: Stockholm on April 1 and 2, and Lund on April 9.

The Academy asks all laureates to deliver a lecture within six months of their award, and while these concerts do appear to be timed to that window, we’ve learned nothing in the last two months if we expect Dylan to follow Nobel tradition to the letter. In advance of Saturday’s banquet in Stockholm, Dylan did provide the text of a speech expressing his gratitude and admiration to the committee. His comments were read by the American ambassador to Sweden, but we may yet get a lecture out of the man himself.

Revisit the text of Dylan’s Nobel thank-you here.

[Rolling Stone]

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