Yesterday, the Chinese government gave the world a big Tsk-Tsk! for supporting “criminal” artist Ai Weiwei… Just not to Dylan. There were no times a-changin’ or in the wind a-blowin’ in the censored playlist of the former rebel’s concert at the Beijing Workers’ Gymnasium. The Chinese Communist Party personally bought 2,000 of the 18,000 seats to make sure Bob didn’t pull a Bjork and drop a “Free Ai” bomb. No worries: The 69-year-old is all human rights’ed out and safe enough for China.
Dylan went on to play his first ever concert in Vietnam on Sunday, where the audience was half-empty because half the Vietnamese are under 30 and don’t remember when the folkie’s anti-Vietnam War songs actually meant something.