Bob Dylan to Open the Renovated Met Philly in December

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Bob Dylan onstage during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at The Hollywood Palladium on Jan. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles.

Weezer, Ween and more also announced for the initial lineup.

Today (Sept. 10), Live Nation and developer Eric Blumenfeld announced Bob Dylan and his Band as the first act to play the renovated Met Philadelphia.

After $56 million in improvements, the 110-year-old venue will reopen on Dec. 3 with Dylan, followed by performances from Weezer and Ween on Dec. 12 and 14, respectively.

At a live-streamed press conference held at The Divine Lorraine Hotel on Broad Street today, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke, developer Eric Blumenfeld and Rev. Mark Hatcher of the Holy Ghost Headquarters joined Live Nation Philadelphia Regional President Geoff Gordon in announcing the first slate of performers for the former opera house.

Weezer’s Dec. 12 show will be the inaugural Citi Sound Concert Series at the venue and will be followed throughout the month by shows from eleven-time Grammy nominee Charlie Wilson for the WDAS Holiday Jam and comedian John Oliver who will bring a New Year’s Eve special on Dec. 30 and 31.

“We are thrilled to offer an eclectic series of opening shows that will truly offer something for everyone at The Met,” said Gordon in a release following the press conference. “We are grateful to the many artists who are just as excited as we are for The Met and want to be a part of our inaugural season. We would also like to thank our many great partners who helped make The Met’s restoration possible.”

Also performing in December are Lindsey Stirling, PnB Rock and Kurt Vile and the Violators. In 2019, the Met Philly has also announced Greensky Bluegrass, truTV’s Impractical Jokers starring the Tenderloins, Jim Gaffigan, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox and Brian Regan.


The new artists join previously announced shows for James Bay and his Electric Light tour on March 9 and Derek Hough from NBC’s World of Dance and ABC’s Dancing With the Stars on June 14.

Tickets for most shows go on sale Sept. 14 at 10am ET. Live Nation will donate $0.25 of every ticket sold to a show at The Met Philadelphia to Philadelphia Public Schools.