Bob Dylan Talks About Why He’s Still Touring These Days
A few months ago, Bob Dylan proved himself once more as one of the greatest artists in the music industry through his latest tour. Although the artist has aged, his performances made his age seem like just a number.
In the past, Dylan answered one question in his interview with Pete Townshend. The question goes: “I asked Bob Dylan why he does so many gigs,” Townshend recalled this moment saying:
“He told me, ‘I’m a folk singer. A folk singer is only as good as his memory, and my memory is going.’ He’s doing it to keep his memory alive.
“I work every day. I just don’t do what Dylan does. I don’t drag myself around the world, and I don’t put out an album every six weeks [laughs]. But I’ve got loads of songs. I’m working on a big project at the moment, which might be half rock opera and half art installation. I don’t know where it’s going to go. I’m going to start with a book. I don’t want to talk too much about that now.”
But that was a long time ago, so what does Dylan have to say now? In a more recent interview with Jeff Slate of the Wall Street Journal, the icon said about touring:
“I keep touring because it is a perfect way to stay anonymous and still be a member of the social order.
“You’re the master of your fate. But it’s not an easy path to take, not fun and games.”