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Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler Roll Into OK

Nov. 1, 2012

Jennifer Chancellor

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan's latest album, "Tempest," was released Sept. 10 and is his 35th studio record. This tour, with his band, supports that album, and the BOK Center show Friday will be one of his largest Oklahoma concert dates in years.

But don't expect a whole lot of brand-new music.

His sets often include a rotating list of hits, including "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," "Like a Rolling Stone," "All Along the Watchtower," "Spirit on the Water," "Blowin' in the Wind," "Thunder on the Mountain," "Highway 61 Revisited," "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat," "Desolation Row" and "Beyond Here Lies Nothin.'"

That's good news, because the musician has more than half a century of influential music to pull from.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame calls Dylan "the uncontested poet laureate of the rock and roll era and the pre-eminent singer/songwriter of modern times."

Time magazine's "100: The Most Important People of the Century" report labeled him a "master poet, caustic social critic and intrepid, guiding spirit of the counterculture generation."

Last year, Rolling Stone magazine put Dylan at No. 2 in its roundup of "100 Greatest Artists" of all time. (The Beatles were No. 1.) In 2008, the mag ranked him No. 7 on its list of "100 Greatest Singers."

Yes, singers.

Dylan is also a Pulitzer Prize winner for his commitment to American arts. In 2008, the committee cited him for his "profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."

Dylan has won 11 Grammys since his 1961 breakthrough. Earlier this year, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1982, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.

Mark Knopfler will perform a 70-minute, stand-alone set with his full band, including Guy Fletcher, Richard Bennett, Glenn Worf, Ian Thomas, Jim Cox, John McCusker and Mike McGoldrick, according to his official website.

Knopfler may be best known as co-founder, lead singer, lead guitarist and songwriter for Dire Straits. He formed that band in 1977 and raced through a string of hits until its breakup in 1995.

He's also released a string of solo albums and worked with legendary musicians including Eric Clapton, Dylan (including albums "Slow Train Coming," "Down in the Groove" and "Infidels"), Chet Atkins, Steely Dan, Van Morrison and others, and he has produced albums for Tina Turner and Randy Newman.

The pair also toured Europe last year with success.

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