US singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has demanded the presence of armed guards at his concerts in Italy.
Dylan is scheduled to play at the Manzoni Bologna in central Italy on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The two concerts will have police outside the auditorium, in addition to 12 armed guards inside, while some will be present among the audience.
Giorgio Zagnoni, artistic director of the Bolognese auditorium, confirmed Dylan's request to the Corriere della Sera newspaper.
It's understood the 74-year-old singer requested for armed guards to monitor the entrances of the hall, the stage and backstage, where Dylan will pass.
Zagnoni pointed out that this was the first time that an artist had demanded extra security, but Dylan's request is understandable given the security situation after what happened in Paris.
Paris witnessed terrorist attacks on Friday, when at least 130 people were killed, including 89 at the Bataclan concert hall. Hundreds more were wounded.
The artistic director explained that every possible measure was being taken to reassure Dylan and his 40-man band.
Zagnoni noted that metal detectors could not be installed because the concert will be held on Tuesday, but those responsible for security will search the audience at the entrance if necessary.