Bob Dylan cleared to play ‘vetted’ China gigs

Singer will apparently have to stick to government-approved setlist at concerts

Bob Dylan has been cleared to play a series of gigs in China – but will apparently have to stick to a setlist approved by the country’s government.

The singer axed a series of dates in east Asia last year after being refused entry to play in China.

However, he has now been given the green light to perform in Beijing between March 30 and April 12 by China’s Ministry Of Culture, according to

Chinese ticketing website is listing concerts at Beijing Railway Station on April 6 and 8.

No specifics of any agreement with Ministry officials over the setlist have yet been announced, nor has Dylan commented on the government announcement.

Songs such as ‘The Times They Are A-Changin” and ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’, which have strong ties with the American civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s, were thought to have been met with resistance from China’s censors.

Speaking at the time of the Chinese cancellations last year, Jeffry Wu, head of operations at his promoter Brokers Brothers Herald, said the country’s officials had become more cautious after Bjork caused a stir when she performed ‘Declare Independence In Shanghai’ in 2008.

Dylan will also play at rearranged gigs in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore next month.