Posted at: 07/09/2013 11:10 PM
By: Travis Dill
Bob Dylan was born in Duluth, and returned 72 years later for a concert. Thousands of fans from every generation headed to Bayfront Festival Park to hear the legend play on Tuesday.
Hundreds waited in the rain Tuesday afternoon, and thousands more poured into the park as the weather cleared in the early evening. The fans said they followed Dylan from an early age.
“Always been a fan. I had older brothers and sisters; I was the youngest of four and grew up listening to Bob Dylan in the house. I remember listening to 'Blowing in the Wind' when I was in kindergarten,” Ross Kohn said.
He said he has been a fan since the 60's, and this was his eighth Dylan concert. Still, this one was going to be special.
“To get the chance to see him in Duluth, his hometown so to speak, it's quite an event,” Kohn said.
But younger fans also turned out in big numbers. That did not surprise Kohn.
“He's always went his own way, and been very successful going his own way. I think that resonates with young people and always will,” Kohn said.
That was even more true for Sarah Kyllander. She said she feels a connection to Dylan because she grew up on the Iron Range like he did.
“So I just feel a part of Bob Dylan's music because we're in the Northland. He represents the Northland,” Kyllander said.
Tuesday's concert was her first chance to see him live.
“I'm so excited. I've been waiting to see Bob Dylan my whole life. This is my first show so I'm really excited about it, and I think that this will be the only time I get to see him. So he better perform well,” Kyllander said.
She had high expectations, but said Dylan would live up to them.
“Oh it'll be one of those shows that I never forget. It will be a once in a lifetime experience,” Kyllander said.