Kevin Mazur/WireImageBob Dylan may not have attended the 2016 Nobel Prize ceremony on Saturday in Stockholm, but the lauded singer/songwriter has just announced plans to launch a spring European tour with two concerts in the Swedish capital. The shows are scheduled for April 1 and 2 at the Stockholm Waterfront, and Dylan will follow them with an April 9 concert in Lund, Sweden.
In October, the Swedish Academy, which presents the Nobel awards, announced that Dylan had been chosen to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, although the folk-rock legend subsequently revealed that he couldn’t attend the December 10 ceremony because of “pre-existing commitments.”
Dylan did write an acceptance speech that was read at the Nobel Banquet on Saturday by Azita Raji, the U.S. Ambassador to Sweden. In his speech, which has been posted at NobelPrize.org, Bob writes, “I’m sorry I can’t be with you in person, but please know that I am most definitely with you in spirit and honored to be receiving such a prestigious prize. Being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature is something I never could have imagined or seen coming.”
Dylan also admits that he feels “beyond words” to receive an honor previously awarded to such “giants of literature” as “Kipling, Shaw, Thomas Mann, Pearl Buck, Albert Camus [and] Hemingway.”
In Dylan’s honor, Patti Smith gave a heartfelt performance his classic song “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” at the ceremony, which you can watch at the Nobel Prize’s Facebook page.
Dylan is still required to deliver a lecture about literature within six months of the ceremony in order to collect $870,000 in prize money associated with the award. Officials expressed hopes that he might give the lecture in Sweden when he visits the country during his 2017 tour.
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