Bob Dylan, 81, bans smartphones from his upcoming gigs as he announces first UK tour in five years
Bob Dylan has banned smartphones from his upcoming gigs after announcing his first UK tour in over five years.
The music legend, 81, revealed fans will be forced to lock their devices into specially provided pouches in order to fully enjoy his Rough and Rowdy Ways show without distraction.
The Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door hitmaker will play four nights at London’s legendary Palladium October 19 to 24 before performing in arenas around the country.
Banned: Bob Dylan, 81, has banned smartphones from his upcoming gigs after announcing his first UK tour in over five years
Gig goers will be required to place their into a Yondr case, which is then locked in a way that resembles the security tags seen in clothing stores.
Phones remain in the possession of their owner, but cannot be accessed.
In order to use the phone, the person must return to the ‘lock and unlock’ station, and then move to the ‘phone access zone.’
Since its launch, the lockable bags have been put to use by high profile performers, including American comedians Dave Chappelle and Hannibal Buress.
Chappelle explained to CBS that devices have grown to be such a distraction during performances that he’s adopted a ‘no cellphone’ rule.
Yondr bags are now mandatory at all of Chappelle’s shows.
Music only: Gig goers will be required to place their into a Yondr case, which is then locked in a way that resembles the security tags seen in clothing stores
Back on stage: The Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door hitmaker will play four nights at the London Palladium October 19 to 24
Bob will perform at Motorpoint Arena Cardiff in South Wales on October 26, and then wrap the tour with two consecutive nights at the SEC Armadillo in Glasgow, Scotland on October 30 and 31.
Tickets will go on sale 10am Friday July 15.
The last time the musician played on British soil was when he co-headlined London’s BST Hyde Park in 2019 with Neil Young.
With his last tour was the ‘Never Ending Tour’ more than five years ago.
The folk singer resumed his current global jaunt in the US in March, after being forced to postpone the concerts amid a rise in cases of COVID-19 in 2020.
A statement read at the time: ‘To all our fans: In the interest of public health and safety and after many attempts to try and reschedule these shows for a workable timeframe this year, it is with deep regret that we announce the US Bob Dylan shows originally scheduled for June/July are cancelled.
‘We hope to be back out on the road at the earliest possible time once we are confident that it is safe for both fans and concert staff. Please contact your point of purchase for all information on refunds.’
The run is in support of the Lay Lady Lay singer’s acclaimed 2020 record Rough and Rowdy Ways, his first studio album of original music since 2012’s ‘Tempest’.
Meanwhile, this month saw a re-recording of Dylan’s 1963 mega-hit Blowin’ In The Wind’ sell for a whopping £1.48million ($1.78million) at auction.
Olden days: This month saw a re-recording of Dylan’s 1963 mega-hit Blowin’ In The Wind’ sell for a whopping £1.48million ($1.78million) at auction (pictured in 1964)