Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson are hitting the road again for a ballpark tour that’s sure to be nostalgic for veteran fans and enlightening for the younger crowd.
This will mark the second time that Dylan – poet-prince of folk and rock – and Nelson – easily one of the most accomplished country-western artists of his time – have done a tour of minor league stadiums. Their last stadium tour was August and September of 2004. That outing received Pollstar’s Concert Industry Award for Most Creative Tour Package.
The tour will begin May 25 at Fort Myers, Fla.’s William H. Hammond Stadium The remainder of month will be spent in Florida, and the beginning of June will be marked by a show in at the BellSouth Park in Chatanooga, Tenn.
More dates in the Southeast follow before the tour finds it way up to New England with shows in Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
Dylan and Nelson will play at the AutoZone Park in Memphis, Tenn., on July 1. According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, this will be that stadium’s first ever on-field concert. July will be spent playing show in the middle-South and plain states, with the tour wrapping up on July 12 in Saint Paul at Midway Stadium.
The ballpark tour will be supported by Texas band, The Greencards, who were recently named Best New Band at the Austin Music Awards.
Currently, Dylan is on tour with another country legend – Merle Haggard. That trek continues until the end of this month – ending with a five-show run at New York’s Beacon Theatre. The Fourth of July will also bring Dylan and Nelson to the annual Willie Nelson Picnic in Fort Worth, Texas. This year’s picnic also features the Grammy-winning trio Los Lonely Boys.