Bob Dylan performed a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Free Bird’ at a gig in California last week.
According to Rolling Stone, the legendary folk singer was responding to a request yelled by someone in the audience at the Berkeley show. He dutifully obliged, closing the set by jamming with his band to the southern rock classic. It’s the first time that Dylan, who turned 75 last month, has performed the song live.
Bob Dylan closed with MOTHERFUCKING FREEBIRD at the Greek tonight. pic.twitter.com/2H16oQJzCm
— King Latifah (@JaredMChoate) June 10, 2016
In Man, Dylan released a second Frank Sinatra cover album, ‘Fallen Angels’. He previously performed a number of Sinatra covers on his 2015 record ‘Shadows of the Night’.
Dylan was among those who paid tribute to Muhammad Ali, after the boxer died aged 74 earlier this month following a long battle against Parkinson’s Disease.
He wrote on his website: “If the measure of greatness is to gladden the heart of every human being on the face of the earth, then he truly was the greatest. In every way he was the bravest, the kindest and the most excellent of men.”
Dylan is currently on a 27-date tour of North America, supported by Mavis Staples.