The 69-year-old musical legend was granted permission to give the concert at the Worker’s Gymnasium in central Beijing after having his music vetted by censors, though some of his more well-known protest songs – including ‘The Times They Are A-Changin” and ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ – were dropped from his set so as not to offend the country’s communist government.
However, the two-hour performance saw the 5,000-strong crowd entertained by the folk singer’s classic tracks, including ‘Like a Rolling Stone’, ‘Ballad of a Thin Man’ and ‘Highway 61 Revisited’.
Audience member Zhang Tian told Billboard.com: “I was a little disappointed that he didn’t sing many of his songs because of the politics. What is the government so afraid of?”
However, the singer’s appearance impressed other fans.
Yin Yang said: “I know his songs from karaoke, but I’m really not that familiar with him. I think this was a historic concert and I’m glad I’ve seen him.”
The performance comes after Bob was refused permission to perform by China’s Culture Ministry – who must approve every concert that takes place in the country -last year.
Dylan will perform in Shanghai and Hong Kong next week as part of a tour marking 50 years since his first major live performance.
Bob Dylan’s China setlist:
‘Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking’
‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’
‘Beyond The Horizon’
‘Tangled Up In Blue’
‘Honest With Me’
‘Simple Twist Of Fate’
‘Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum’
‘Rollin’ And Tumblin’
‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’
‘Highway 61 Revisited’
‘Spirit On The Water’
‘Thunder On The Mountain’
‘Ballad Of A Thin Man’
‘Like A Rolling Stone’
‘All Along The Watchtower’
Eagles to play their first ever China gigs. Eagles ‘Long Road Out Of Eden’ tour will continue is long run into 2011 with dates announce for the band’s first ever Eagles will play Shanghai and Beijing in March. Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh is looking forward to the shows. He has never been to China. ‘We are going to China and I have no idea what to expect,’ Joe tells undercover.fm. ‘ am really looking forward to that. We are playing Beijing’.Having never been there, he has know idea how the audience will react to the Eagles. ‘ have no idea what to expect,’ he says. ‘ don’t know it they are going sit there and look at us, or clap or if they will know any of the words. We will just go and play and an Eagles concert like we do and see what happens’. He might even change things around for the China show. He might even sing his signature tune ‘Life’s Been Good’ in Chinese. ‘ should actually get that interpreted into Chinese and sing it in Chinese. I wonder what that would sound like?’Dates for Eagles in China are:Shanghai: Wed 9 March – Mercedes-Benz Arena and Beijing: Sat 12 March – Wukesong Arena
Shanghai Expo Opens To Expected Millions. The Shanghai World Expo opened Friday, with pavilions and exhibitions from more than 192 countries and 50 international organizations on display to wow the expected millions of visitors.
It is estimated the government spent some $58 billion for the event, rivaling Beijing’s 2008 Olympics. Spokesperson Xu Wei described the exposition as “a big platform, a big event for cultural exchanges.” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu said foreign leaders visiting China will attend the opening ceremony
Chinese President Hu Jintao on Friday voiced confidence of Shanghai hosting an “unforgettable” World Expo, which he said would bridge China and the world. Hu addressed a welcoming dinner for foreign dignitaries who would attend the opening ceremony of the Shanghai Expo on Friday evening. Hu and his wife Liu Yongqing shook hands with visiting foreign guests before the dinner. “I am confident that, with concerted efforts, people around the world will witness a successful, splendid and unforgettable World Expo,” said the President, giving a toast at the dinner. In the past eight years, China has mobilized resources throughout the country and pooled the wisdom of the world, he said. As the first registered World Expo hosted by a developing country, the Shanghai Expo will be “an opportunity for China and also for the world,” Hu said. At this Expo, China will present to the world a country with 5,000-year history, which is enjoying fast development and changes through reform and opening-up, he said. The Expo will serve as a bridge for China to learn the good experience of other countries and engage in exchanges and cooperation with the rest of the world, he said. A record number of 189 nations and 57 international organizations participate in the Expo in Shanghai, China’s business hub. In next six months, 70 million visitors are estimated to tour the Expo venues. “The World Expo is a grand event to showcase the best achievements of human civilization. It is also a great occasion for people from around the world to share joy and friendship,” he said. It will offer a platform for all countries and regions to fully exhibit their achievements in urban civilization, share best practices and spread advanced ideas on urban development, he said. “We will learn from each other, draw on each other’s strengths and explore new models of housing, living and working for mankind in the new century,” he said. Hu said he believed this Expo would contribute to interactions and mutual learning between Chinese and people of other countries, as well as among different civilizations. Hu pledged that China would make continued effort to improve the livelihood of its 1.3 billion people and make greater and new contribution to the world peace and development. The country would remain committed to the path of peaceful development and a win-win strategy of opening up, he said.