Bob Dylan, the legendary American singer-songwriter, has taken to his official website to deny rumours that he agreed to a process of 'set-list vetting' before a show in Beijing last month. Bob Dylan addressed the swirl of speculation suggesting that he agreed to remove certain songs from his set list at the behest of the Chinese government, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Some fans of the singer had accused him of 'selling out' for allowing the Chinese to 'approve' his planned set-list before the show in the country's capital. Dylan dismissed the notion, saying "As far as censorship goes.the Chinese government had asked for the names of the songs that I would be playing. There's no logical answer to that, so we sent them the set lists from the previous 3 months". Responding to speculation that his shows were poorly attended or attended only by westerners in the country, Dylan said, "They responded enthusiastically to the songs on my last 4 or 5 records. Ask anyone who was there. They were young and my feeling was that they wouldn't have known my early songs anyway". Dylan's reaction stems largely from comments made by the New York Times columnist MAUREEN DOWD who noted that the singer, "Sang his censored set, took his pile of Communist cash and left".
Bob Dylan released his 34th studio album 'Christmas in the Heart' in 2009. As the title suggests, the record comprised mostly of hymns, carols and popular festive songs.