UPDATE: Bob Dylan Performs Intimate Concert for One
Fredrik Wikingsson got to live out every Bob Dylan fan's secret dream as he sat in the second row of Philadelphia's Academy of Music on Sunday for a concert performed just for him.
Wikingsson's personal show found Dylan and his regular band straying from their usual set of originals for a fun-loving repertoire of covers from the likes of Buddy Holly, Fats Domino and Chuck Willis, among others. "I just couldn't fathom that Dylan would actually do this," Wikingsson told Rolling Stone. "I was smiling so much, it was like I was on ecstasy. My jaw hurt for hours afterwards because I couldn't stop smiling."
The occasion for this private set? Dylan was starring in an episode of the Swedish film series 'Experiment Alone,' in which people are individually placed in situations where large crowds usually gather (like at a comedy club, the setting of a past installment). Series director Anders Helgeson is a friend of Wikingsson's, and that led to some serious lobbying for this opportunity from the 41-year-old avowed Dylan freak.
Wikingsson was also filmed walking around various old Dylan haunts in New York City as the camera crew gathered additional material for the program. "I was a f---ing wreck," he said. "Part of me was thinking, 'Maybe this won't happen and it'll be for the best. I don't want to impose on Mr. Dylan. I don't want him to stand there and be grouchy, just hating it.'"
Dylan was paid an undisclosed amount of money to perform, Wikingsson confirmed. "I have no idea how much it was," he said. "But it was probably more than he gets for a normal gig."
Dylan closed out by the performance by telling Wikingsson, "Swing by anytime." "It was just so f---ing great," Wikingsson said. So much so, in fact, that he skipped the regularly scheduled Dylan concert -- complete with a big crowd -- that took place later that night, noting "nothing could top this."
Wikingsson has but one final dream left. "I want Dylan to release an official Columbia EP of the concert called 'Songs for Fredrick,'" he said. In the meantime, fans can check out Wikingsson's Dylan performance on YouTube, beginning Dec. 15.
UPDATE 12/13: Video of the concert, which includes Wikingsson reflecting before and after the concert, has been released and is embedded above.
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