Watch Dylan perform a private concert at Academy of Music
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When Bob Dylan was in town last month to play three concerts at the Academy of Music, we told you about a concert he performed for one fan, Fredrik Wikingsson. 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.

Rolling Stone reports:

Remarkably, 45 minutes before the Dylan concert in Philadelphia, Wikingsson expresses some pre-show jitters. “It’s weird, but I almost feel sick,” he admits. “I’ve never had a moment in my life when so much has been on the line. If he were to notice me and somehow face me, it would be life-changing, somehow.”

We then watch as Wikingsson carefully chooses his seat – about six rows back, dead center – and the Dylan performance begins, first with a cover of Buddy Holly’s “Heartbeat,” then a somber rendition of Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill” and Chuck Wills’ “It’s Too Late (She’s Gone).” Witnessing Wikingsson’s facial expressions – from disbelief to joy to sadness – is nearly as captivating as Dylan’s performance itself. “A flood of emotions. I wasn’t far from crying,” Wikingsson admits after the show.

Watch the show below. Read our review of the first night of the Dylan shows at the Academy of Music here.

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