Bob Dylan makes historic Vietnam live debut

Legendary singer plays in Ho Chi Minh City as part of Asian tour

Bob Dylan played his first ever gig in Vietnam tonight (April 10).

The legendary singer played a 17-song set to around 4,000 fans at RMIT University in Ho Chi Minh City, reports BBC News.

He played tracks such as ‘Jolene’ and ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ during the gig, along with more recent material such as 2009’s ‘Beyond Here Lies Nothing’.

However, songs which came to be associated with the anti-Vietnam war protest movement of the 1960s – such as ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ and ‘The Times They Are A-Changin” – were not performed.

The show’s setlist had to be approved in advance by the communist country’s government, although promoter Rod Quinton claimed that no restrictions were actually imposed.

Bob Dylan played:

‘Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking’
‘It Ain’t Me, Babe’
‘Beyond Here Lies Nothin”
‘Tangled Up In Blue’
‘Honest With Me’
‘Simple Twist Of Fate’
‘Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum’
‘Love Sick’
‘The Levee’s Gonna Break’
‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’
‘Highway 61 Revisited’
‘Spirit On The Water’
‘My Wife’s Home Town’
‘Ballad Of A Thin Man’
‘Like A Rolling Stone’
‘All Along The Watchtower’
‘Forever Young’

Earlier this week (April 6), Bob Dylan play his first ever gig in China, where his setlist was also vetted.

This meant he was not able to play any songs which the authorities deemed to be politically sensitive, such as ‘The Times They Are A-Changin”.