http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,8972,00.html by Josh Grossberg Oct 15, 2001, 1:35 PM PT The times are definitely a-changin'. Used to be Bob Dylan could sit right down in the middle of any hippie den and belt out such '60s anthems as "Blowin' in the Wind," "All Along the Watchtower" and "Like a Rolling Stone." But in the post-September 11 world, the legendary singer-songwriter can't even headline a show without getting tangled up in his own security. Dylan, on tour to support his new critically acclaimed album, Love and Theft (released coincidentally on September 11), was getting ready to perform in Medford, Oregon, last Tuesday when he was denied entry backstage by his own security detail. Scheduled to perform before a crowd of a few thousand at the Jackson County Exposition Center, Dylan was on his way backstage when he was stopped by three thirtysomething female guards who apparently did not recognize the rock icon. "If it was [country singer] George Strait, they probably would have recognized him," venue manager Chris Borovansky told the Associated Press. The 60-year-old musician's security director had reportedly beefed up security following last month's terror attacks and instructed the guards stationed at the checkpoint to refuse access to anyone not carrying a valid backstage pass. Apparently, Dylan didn't have one. "He said no exceptions," said Borovansky. "Absolutely none." Not even for Mr. Tambourine Man When the wiry-haired Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tried to get by, one of the guards stopped him and asked for his credentials at which point an argument broke out. Dylan's security director then appeared on the scene and, along with Dylan, demanded the guards be removed from the premises. Borovansky told AP he preferred to use the friendlier term "relocated," and said the guards were essentially doing what they were told and commended them on a "great job." (Sounds more like a case of "Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum.") Dylan's cross-country trek for Love and Theft, his follow up to 1997's Grammy-winning Time Out of Mind, is scheduled to run through November and wrap up at Boston's Fleet Center on November 24. - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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