Bob Dylan performs his first ever gig in China

Dylan plays after agreeing to perform pre-approved setlist

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Bob Dylan played his first ever gig in China last night (April 6).

He was able to perform in the country’s capital city Beijing after agreeing to play a set that had been pre-approved by Chinese authorities.

The pre-approved setlist was agreed after an attempt by promoters to bring the folk legend to China failed in 2010. Permission was denied then by the country’s Culture Ministry, which must approve every concert that takes place in China.


The approval meant that Dylan could not play any material that the authorities deemed politically sensitive, such as the song ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’.

According to Billboard, Dylan played for two hours in the 5,000-capacity Workers Gymnasium. He played a career-spanning set which included ‘Like A Rolling Stone’, ‘All Along The Watchtower’ and ‘Highway 61 Revisited’.

Bob Dylan played:


‘Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking’

‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’

‘Beyond The Horizon’

‘Tangled Up In Blue’

‘Honest With Me’

‘Simple Twist Of Fate’

‘Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum’

‘Love Sick’

‘Rollin’ And Tumblin’

‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’

‘Highway 61 Revisited’

‘Spirit On The Water’

‘Thunder On The Mountain’

‘Ballad Of A Thin Man’

‘Like A Rolling Stone’

‘All Along The Watchtower’

‘Forever Young’

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