Bob Dylan returns in August
Bob Dylan. Supplied picture

Bob Dylan returns in August to play theatres around Australia and New Zealand.

The legendary American singer-songwriter, who turns 73 today, will perform concerts at Perth’s 2500-capacity Riverside Theatre on August 13 and 14.

Promoter Michael Chugg said it was the first time since 1992 that Dylan, whose groundbreaking catalogue includes Like a Rolling Stone, Blowin’ in the Wind and The Times They Are a-Changin’, had played such relatively intimate venues in Australia.

"He has been playing theatres everywhere," Mr Chugg said.

Dylan will play the entire show with an intermission.

The promoter said he booked two gigs in Perth as he expects fans will be "excited by virtually being in the lounge room" with the legendary musician.

"It will be magnificent to be this close to Bob," Mr Chugg said.

The tour kicks off in Hamilton, New Zealand on August 9 before heading to Perth.

Dylan also plays shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Sydney and Christchurch, New Zealand on the month-long visit.

Dylan’s so-called Never Ending Tour, which launched back in the late 1980s, has made him a regular tourist Down Under.

The Minnesota minstrel was last here in 2011, when he performed at the West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots festival in Fremantle.

Dylan recently completed a tour of Japan and is scheduled to play concerts in the UK and Europe before heading to Australasia.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer released his most recent album, the critically lauded Tempest, two years ago.

Dylan should have a new album out in time for the tour but even the Australian arm of his record label, Columbia, were waiting on details.

Tickets go on sale from Ticketek on June 3.

The West Australian

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