The legendary Bob Dylan will make his long-awaited return to the Royal Albert Hall stage for 3 concerts on 26, 27 & 28 November 2013.

Bob Dylan is one of the most influential and celebrated artists in the history of popular music, selling over 100 million records worldwide and winning countless awards along the way.

His five previous studio albums, including 2012′s Tempest, have been universally hailed as among the best of his storied career, achieving new levels of commercial success and critical acclaim for the artist. 1997′s Platinum-selling Time Out Of Mind earned multiple Grammy Awards while Love and Theft continued Dylan’s Platinum streak and earned several Grammy nominations.

Modern Times, released in 2006, became one of Dylan’s most popular albums, selling more than 2.5 million copies worldwide and earning Dylan two more Grammys. Together Through Life became his first album to debut at #1 in both the U.S. and the UK on its way to surpassing sales of one million copies.

Dylan’s Hall debut, 1965

These November dates will be the 3rd set of concerts that Bob Dylan has played at the Royal Albert Hall.

His first appearances here came on 9 & 10 May 1965, soon after the release of his 5th studio album Bringing It All Back Home. The concerts were the final dates of his England Tour 1965, noted as being the singer’s last ever solo and acoustic tour. A selection of songs from these performances can be seen in D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary film Dont Look Back.

The 23-year-old Dylan performed the following set:

The Times They Are a-Changin’
To Ramona
Gates of Eden
If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Or Else You Got to Stay All Night)
It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
Love Minus Zero/No Limit
Mr. Tambourine Man

Talkin’ World War III Blues
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
‘With God on Our Side
She Belongs to Me
It Ain’t Me Babe
The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
All I Really Want to Do
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue

Electric return, 1966

The singer-songwriter returned just over a year later for 2 concerts on 26 & 27 May 1966. Again, these were the final dates of a tour, however this tour was noted for being his first full tour with a full electric band supporting him.

The recordings from this tour were put out on Dylan’s live album The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert, finally released in 1998 after having been bootleged for decades. Despite the album’s name, the recordings were not actually made at the Royal Albert Hall but at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall.

This live album contains the singer’s legendary confrontation with an audience member who shouted “Judas” at the singer, a complaint felt by some in attendance who felt betrayed by the folk singer’s recent embracing of electric music. Another man shouted “I’m never listening to you again, ever”, to which Dylan famously responded “I don’t believe you … you’re a liar”.

The full acoustic & electric setlists on these dates was:

ACOUSTIC SET
She Belongs to Me
4th Time Around
Visions of Johanna
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Desolation Row
Just Like a Woman
Mr. Tambourine Man

ELECTRIC SET
Tell Me, Momma
I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
Baby, Let Me Follow You Down
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
One Too Many Mornings
Ballad of a Thin Man
Like a Rolling Stone