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dylan, who turns 70 in may, will play his first mainland show on april 6 at the workers' gymnasium of beijing, followed by another at shanghai grand stage on april 8.
the hong kong concerts were announced before those in beijing and shanghai, and ma zhen,cheap ugg
, a 29-year-old dylan fan from shandong province, immediately secured a ticket to the hong kong concert and started working on flights, hotel, and the hong kong and macao pass, which is the required documentation for mainlanders to travel to hong kong.
"my life has been greatly influenced by dylan's works, especially his views about the world and humanity," says ma, who has a tattoo of dylan's logo on one of his arms.
"it's only natural if you feel lost and confused at first at a dylan concert. you may not even be able to recognize a song that you thought you knew well," he says. "but i think, with his ever-changing arrangements, he is revitalizing his works."
a dylan fan for the past eight years, ma has all of dylan's published cds, as well as some unofficial bootlegs that were sent by foreign friends he met on online forums devoted to the singer.
"in china, maybe many people have heard of dylan, but not many really know who he is," says zhang xiaozhou, a beijing-based music critic.
"i don't want to guess what he's going to sing in china, although i expect him to perform more of his later works which i really like," ma says.
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, the ministry of culture issued its approval of dylan's 2011 china tour. according to wei, the application process was "very smooth".
among the earliest sold-out categories of tickets in beijing were the cheapest ones of 280 yuan ($43) and the top level ones of 1961.411 yuan, which were so priced by the promoter "to commemorate the date of dylan's first official performance - april 11, 1961".
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, in practice the ticketing agency will charge 1,961 yuan, though "1961.411 yuan" is printed on the ticket.
ma, who used to participate in the guessing game of dylan's set list for the next concert and was number one on a website called "dylan pool", says it's hard to predict dylan's program in china.
nonetheless, zhang expects the american troubadour's china concerts to be well attended, as he believes that many chinese will not want to miss the chance to see one of the world's most famous counterculture icons.
ma believes that dylan will change his program from city to city and that's one of the reasons why he wants to attend the concerts in beijing, shanghai and hong kong.
bob dylan probably wouldn't think much of his china tour coverage by xinmin evening news, one of shanghai's most-read newspapers. the photo it used for a story about him on march 4 turned out to be that of willie nelson.
he will also perform in taipei on april 3 and in hong kong on april 12 and 13.
apart from china, he will also play in vietnam for the first time on this tour.
he also sugg
ests chinese audiences should be prepared, as the shows may not be what they expected.
"i used to post on the bbs to ask when it would be possible for dylan to come to china," says ma, whose id "dancing child with chinese suit" is taken from dylan's song i want you.
"the dylan concerts will be a milestone for our company," says wei ming, general manager of gehua-live nation, a joint-venture between chinese culture enterprise gehua and the united states-based entertainment company live nation. "dylan is one of the artists that we wanted most to bring to china."
chinese fans of the counterculture hero will finally get a chance to see him live at concerts in beijing, shanghai, hong kong and taipei. mu qian reports.
the ministry of culture declined to give an interview regarding the issue, but an entertainment insider who did not want to be named revealed the cancellation was due to commercial reasons.
half of the tickets for the beijing concert were sold on the first day they were released, march 16, and they are nearly all sold out now, according to gehua-live nation, the promoter of dylan's china concerts.
in china, most dylan fans are young people who grew up after china's reform and opening-up in 1978, while few of dylan's chinese contemporaries knew him at the zenith of his fame during china's political turmoil of the 1960s.
dylan has had a ceaseless performing schedule since 1988 and some have dubbed it the "never-ending tour", of about 100 shows every year.
dylan's chinese fans have been celebrating his coming since the day the news was announced, and many who don't live in the cities on dylan's route are planning to travel to those places to see him.
bob dylan performs during the afi lifetime achievement award in june, 2009, in culver city, california. photos provided to china daily
some audiences have complained about the unpredictability of dylan's performances as he changes his set list, arrangements and vocal approach almost every night.
"i also planned to travel abroad to see his concert, but it proved to be too difficult. now i'm so excited that he's really coming to china."
in 2010 there were rumors dylan would tour china in early april. brokers brothers herald, a taiwan-based agent who worked on that unrealized dylan tour of china, said the plan failed because the chinese ministry of culture didn't give its approval.
critic zhang, who saw a dylan concert in germany in 2006, advises chinese audiences to take some time to study the artist's lyrics before going to the concerts so as to "get more value for their money".
now that dylan is set to perform in beijing and shanghai, ma is planning to attend those concerts too.
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