On Sunday, folk-rock legend Bob Dylan played a live gig at the Philadelphia Academy of Music – in front of just one solitary audience member.
The lucky fan in question was 41 year old Fredrik Wikingsson, who was treated to a full set – including unusual covers – from Dylan and his touring band. Swedish TV personality and Dylan super-fan Wikingsson told Rolling Stone:
“I was smiling so much it was like I was on ecstasy. My jaw hurt for hours afterwards because I couldn’t stop smiling.”
The once-in-a-lifetime occurrence came about as part of a Swedish film series called Experiment Ensam (Experiment Alone). Each film follows an individual as they experience an event on their own that would normally involve being surrounded by crowds of other people. Past examples have included solitary visits to a comedy club and a karaoke bar.
The Bob Dylan concert is the Swedish filmmakers’ most ambitious episode in the series thus far, and the 15 minute long video will be available to watch on YouTube from December 15.
According to Wikingsson, he chose a seat in the second row (so as not to “freak out” Dylan by sitting too close) and made the 73 year old musician “burst out laughing” by shouting encouragement to the band. Before leaving the stage, Dylan reportedly told his single onlooker to “swing by any time”.
Watch Bob Dylan performing live in front of a slightly bigger crowd:
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