MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Bob Dylan performs special Philly concert for one man, & Jimmy Page: STILL open for a Led Zeppelin reunion, & listen to a new Jack White cover

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Photo by Getty Images

Bob Dylan performed a very special concert for “one very special guest” this past Sunday in Philadelphia.  Just 1 guy.  See who it is & why he had Dylan all to himself.

Photo courtesy-Simon Rudholm
Photo courtesy-Simon Rudholm

This is the guy. Fredrik Wikingsson. Who is Fredrik Wikingsson? And why was he the only audience member for a very, very intimate concert from Bob Dylan & his band, this past Sunday at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia? Well, the concert was part of an ongoing Swedish film series entitled “Experiment Ensam” or (Experiment Alone), where people experience things completely alone that are usually reserved for large crowds. The director, Anders Helgeson set-up the private show, and paid Dylan an undisclosed amount of money. Helgeson then asked his friend and TV personality, Fredrik Wikingsson to take part in the experiment.

Wikingsson thought it might all be a joke, telling Rolling Stone:

Before Dylan came out, I still thought I was about to get Punk’d,I thought some ***hole would walk onstage and just laugh at me. I just couldn’t fathom that Bob Dylan would actually do this!

Well Bob Dylan DID do it and performed Buddy Holly’s “Heartbeat,” Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill,” Chuck Willis’ “It’s Too Late (She’s Gone)” and another blues song. You can read the entire story here @

Also read XPN’s “The Key” review of Bob Dylan’s recent performance in Philly here.

Led Zeppelin guitar-god Jimmy Page made it clear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he is not the reason why Led Zeppelin has not reunited since 2007.

Jimmy told Ellen-

Well, I don’t know. He’s becoming very difficult, isn’t he? I think you’ve got the wrong one sitting here. I love playing Led Zeppelin music, let’s put it that way.

For his part, Robert Plant has written off any idea of Led Zeppelin reuniting telling Sound Opinions

I was 19 years old then — why would I ever compromise from then on?

Both Plant and Page have both said that the recent story about Richard Branson offering the Led Zeppelin $800 million to reunite & tour was bogus.  Check out more from the Ellen show here.


Jack White has a new release.

Pitchfork writes-

White just released his Lazaretto track “Would You Fight For My Love?” as a single. The B-side is a cover of Dean Fertita’s “Parallel”. Fertita is a member of Queens of the Stone Age, White’s touring band, the Dead Weather, and the Raconteurs. “Parallel” appeared on the 2009 debut album from his solo project Hello=Fire.

Listen to White’s cover above via Stereogum.

Watch jack White’s video for “Would You Fight For My Love?” below



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