Bob Dylan surprises crowd with Heartbreakers set at Farm Aid

Bob Dylan returned to Farm Aid for the first time in more than three decades credit:Bang Showbiz
Bob Dylan returned to Farm Aid for the first time in more than three decades credit:Bang Showbiz

Bob Dylan made a surprise appearance at Farm Aid at the weekend.

The music legend previously performed at the first two charity concerts in 1985 and 1986 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on the land.

The annual event was the brainchild of Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp.

Bob, 82, returned to the stage at Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana, on Saturday (23.09.23) to perform ‘Maggie’s Farm’ for the first time in 14 years, plus ‘Positively 4th Street’ and ‘Ballad Of A Thin Man’.

He was joined on stage by backing band The Heartbreakers and played guitar on all three songs.

Meanwhile, it was recently revealed that Post Malone's unfinished song using Bob Dylan's unused lyrics likely won't see the light of day.

Producer Michael Cash claimed that after Dylan handed over the rights to his archived track 'Be Not Deceived', which Malone worked on for Cash's project ‘The Attic MP3s’, the 'Circles' hitmaker didn't get a chance to put the finishing touches to the tune, and in the end, Dylan, via his representative Jeff Rosen, told them they would "retract" their rights to the lost song.

Cash told Rolling Stone: “We got the stenciling done, he got some colours in, but he definitely wasn’t finished.

“It needed flair. It needed more layers. It wasn’t a complete piece of music, but it was definitely a song. It had a beginning, a middle, and an end. There was a bridge, there was a chorus. It just needed to be finished.”

He revealed how it “went from being something to be excited about to just turning into a circular, figure-eight pattern."

Cash continued: “Rosen said to me at a certain point, ‘Well, we’re just going to retract the lyrics.’

“Bob and Mr. Rosen do things a specific way.

“They get things done in a New York minute, and then it started to become… Honestly, they just were like, ‘This should be finished.’”

He added: “It just seems like nobody really managed expectations, and it just seems like nobody communicated. A really cool piece of music got made, and then it just got weird. It got really weird.”

The project would have included the likes of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole, too, and be like the 2014 Dylan tribute record ‘Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes’, which saw Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, and Taylor Goldsmith record songs from the 'Mr. Tambourine Man's leftover lyrics.

Malone is a die-hard Dylan fan and "cried" when he heard the lyrics, which are "about a loss of innocence and what people are going through — disfranchised, kind of leaderless masses of children with no parent or guardian or shepherd or anything. It talked about going out and making your own way. And when you read it, honestly, it’s poetry. It’s beautiful.”

The 28-year-old star has a tattoo of Dylan - along with his other idols Kurt Cobain, John Lennon and Elvis Presley on his knuckles - and in 2017, he revealed that the 'Blowin' In The Wind' singer suggested he work harder at his lyrics.

He said: "I'm a big Bob Dylan fan. I have a nice Bob Dylan tattoo.

"He's a genius and I heard that his grandson played my music for him and he liked the music be he said I need help with lyrics."