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Bob Dylan Plays 'Unbelievable' Show for One Superfan
On Sunday (Nov. 23), Bob Dylan performed for just one person -- probably the smallest audience the singer has encountered since his days as Robert Zimmerman.
Who was the lucky guy? Fredrik Wikingsson, a Swedish TV personality. He was told Dylan would play for him, but given the empty room, he was expecting "some asshole would walk onstage and just laugh" instead. But Wikingsson was pleasantly surprised when Dylan took the stage with his band and played covers of old tracks from Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, and Chuck Willis.
This strange event was put together by a Swedish film series called Experiment Ensam. The conceit of the project is to take activities that normally occur in a large-group setting and reduce them to single-person events. The director of Experiment Ensam is Wikingsson's pal, which is how he managed to get the gig.
Wikingsson sat in the second row of the theater and occasionally made his presence known. After the opening Buddy Holly cover, he clapped, but apparently Dylan and his band didn't even notice. So Wikingsson tried something different, determined to be acknowledged. "During the second song, [Fats Domino's] 'Blueberry Hill,' I realized I had to say something," he told Rolling Stone. "It was just too weird. I screamed out, 'You guys sound great!' That caused Dylan to burst out laughing. Now, I have two kids and their births were great, but him laughing on stage at some lousy f---ing comment of mine was unbelievable."
You'll be able to watch the show in its entirety on YouTube on Aug. 15.