Bob Dylan is racking up ‘firsts’ on the 69-year-old folk star's Asia-Pacific tour. After making his debut in China on Wednesday, the song writing legend yesterday played his first ever concert in Vietnam, performing songs that became anthems for the 1960s anti-Vietnam war movement.
The self-styled song and dance man lined up to play in front of 8,000 people at RMIT University in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, on Sunday evening.
While younger members of the crowd seemed unfamiliar with Dylan’s largely unwanted status as a civil rights icon, older concertgoers went potty for the enigmatic Dylan’s protest songs, reports the AP.
‘Bob Dylan's music opened up a path where music was used as a weapon to oppose the war in Vietnam and fight injustice and racism,’ said Tran Long An, vice-president of the Vietnam Composers' Association.
Arkansas native Stan Karber, a veteran of the Vietnam conflict who now resides in the country, added: ‘We listened to anything that spoke of peace. We called him the peace poet.’