Bob Dylan is likely to play a concert in Swansea, Wales, as part of a celebration to mark the centenary of the birth of poet Dylan Thomas. The legendary songwriter is said to have named himself after the Welsh writer – something essentially confirmed by reports that Dylan is thinking “very positively about the idea.”
Geraint Davis, the member of parliament for West Swansea, told the BBC that he has asked Dylan if he would perform in the city as part of a commemorative event next year. “Bob Dylan named himself after Dylan Thomas. I have asked Bob Dylan whether he would be prepared to give a centenary concert in Swansea, in order that he could blend his music with Dylan Thomas’s poetry,” the MP said in the British parliament on Thursday (January 17, 2013). David says Sony Music replied to his query, saying Dylan likes the idea and is considering the proposal. The 71-year-old was born Robert Allen Zimmerman, though the reason for his name change has long been debated by fans. The most popular theory is that he did indeed name himself after Thomas, whose works include Under Milk Wood and Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.
Bob Dylan still tours worldwide and released his latest critically acclaimed album Tempest in September 2012.