LEWISTON – When music legend Bob Dylan returns May 17 for a concert at the Colisee, the 4,500-seat arena will likely be sold out.

Since tickets went on sale one week ago, more than 1,400 have been sold, said Kellie Morris, spokeswoman for the Colisee.

Thanks to online sales, 1,200 tickets were sold on the first day alone, she said.

Morris figures that the $50 ticket price and the fact that this is his only U.S. appearance on the tour made the show a hot commodity.

The Lewiston concert will kick off the tour for Dylan, who turns 67 one week later.

After Lewiston, he is scheduled to play five shows in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland before going on to Iceland and Europe. Among the cities on his schedule are Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Warsaw, Vienna, Pamplona and Lisbon.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer first played the Lewiston arena, then called the Central Maine Civic Center, in 2000. He played 20 songs, including “Things Have Changed” from the film “Wonder Boys,” which won Dylan an Oscar for Best Song that year.

Lines for the general admission show began forming more than six hours before the concert, something the Colisee is already preparing for. Additional security has been scheduled for the entire day, Morris said.

Mostly, the venue is treating Dylan’s appearance as it would for anyone, she said. There are minor changes, such as Dylan’s request banning photography and another that opens the floor of the arena for dancing by eliminating the chairs standard for most concerts.

“His music is very danceable,” said Renee Pfefer, a publicist for the tour.

Dylan just completed a tour that took him into South and Central America, concluding in Zacatecas, Mexico.

“Bob tours intermittently throughout the year, usually with spring, summer and fall tours,” Pfefer said.

Many people come back again and again, largely because each night tends to be different. Unlike many other acts, he typically changes the song list for every concert. It brings fans from around the country.

The Colisee has fielded inquiries about the show from throughout the Northeast, Morris said.

She tells them all that good tickets are still available.


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