Bob Dylan bans phones after announcing first UK shows in five years

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Musician Bob Dylan onstage during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards (Getty)
Musician Bob Dylan onstage during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards (Getty)

Bob Dylan is banning mobile phones from his concerts after announcing his first UK tour dates in five years.

The rocker, 81, will play nine dates here as part of his Rough and Rowdy Ways Worldwide Tour which kicked off in Milwaukee, USA, last December.

The UK leg of his tour will take place between October 19 and 31. It will include four performances at the London Palladium.

Tickets will go on sale at 10am on Friday July 15 but fans eager to see him live won’t be able to document the experience on their social media as it will be a phone-free event.

Audience members will be required to lock their phones in a Yondr bag for the duration of the performance.

The musician will also perform dates in Cardiff, Hull and Nottingham before closing with two nights in Glasgow.

These shows are expected to draw upon the prolific singer-songwriter’s vast back catalogue of hits including Blowin’ In The Wind, Highway 61 Revisited and Tangled Up In Blue, as well as songs from his latest critically-acclaimed 39th studio album which was released in June 2020.

Bob Dylan has announced nine UK tour dates for 2022 (PA Archive)
Bob Dylan has announced nine UK tour dates for 2022 (PA Archive)

The last time the US superstar toured the UK was in April and May 2017 as part of his Never Ending Tour.

Originally he burst onto the music scene in the 1960s and to-date has sold more than 125m records globally

He won a best original song Oscar in 2001 for the track Things Have Changed which he penned for the film Wonder Boys.

Dylan was also the first songwriter to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016, with the Swedish academy crediting him with “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

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