Last time Dylan picked up the guitar onstage was in 2012
Bob Dylan played guitar live onstage for the first time in four years this week, marking his Nobel Prize for Literature win.
Credited with having “created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” Dylan, 75, became the 259th American to have won a Nobel Prize. The award is given to an individual who has produced “in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction”.
On Thursday (October 13), the same day that the Nobel announcement was made, Dylan picked up the guitar for the first time since 2012 to play ‘Simple Twist Of Fate’ in Las Vegas. Watch footage beneath.
Stereogum reports that the last time Dylan played guitar live was in Chicago in November 2012.
Sara Danils, Secretary of the Swedish Academy, described Dylan as “a great sampler… and for 54 years he has been at it, reinventing himself.”
On his classic ‘Blonde on Blonde’, she said: “An extraordinary example of his brilliant way of rhyming. putting together refrains, and his brilliant way of thinking.”
“If you look far back, 5000 years, you discover Homer and Sappho. They wrote poetic texts which were meant to be performed, and it’s the same way for Bob Dylan. We still read Homer and Sappho, and we enjoy it.”