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Bob Dylan, 81, is seen stepping off his tour bus for soundcheck in LA

EXCLUSIVE: Forever Young! Bob Dylan, 81, is seen stepping off his tour bus for soundcheck in LA as he prepares to wrap up his 74-date Rough and Rowdy Ways North American tour

  • Bob Dylan was snapped in Los Angeles on Tuesday ahead of soundcheck for his gig at Pantages Theater in Hollywood
  • The 81-year-old is performing three shows in LA as part of his Rough and Rowdy Ways US Tour – named after his 39th studio album released in 2020
  • The Forever Young singer embarked on the 74-date tour last November and is expected to wrap up the North American leg on July 6 in Denver
  • Dylan, who is notorious for avoiding being photographed, is scheduled to continue touring worldwide until 2024

Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was spotted during a rare sighting in Los Angeles as he prepares to wrap up the third and final leg of his North American tour.

The music icon was snapped stepping off his tour bus on Tuesday ahead of soundcheck for his Hollywood concert at Pantages Theatre.

Dylan is performing three shows in LA as part of his Rough and Rowdy Ways Tour – named after his 39th studio album released in 2020 – in the US.

He wore a graphic tee, black slacks and black laced shoes, and topped off his look with a classic white fedora.

Dylan, who turned 81 last month, has remained active in his music career through the decades, most recently embarking on a 74-date North American tour last November.

Legendary singer Bob Dylan was spotted in Los Angeles Tuesday as he continues the second leg of his North American tour

Legendary singer Bob Dylan was spotted in Los Angeles Tuesday as he continues the second leg of his North American tour

The 81-year-old was snapped stepping off his tour bus in Hollywood ahead of soundcheck for his concert at Pantages Theater

Bob Dylan steps off his tour bus in Hollywood on Tuesday

The 81-year-old was snapped stepping off his tour bus in Hollywood ahead of soundcheck for his concert at Pantages Theater

Dylan is performing three shows in LA as part of his Rough and Rowdy Ways Tour - named after his 39th studio album released in 2020

Dylan is performing three shows in LA as part of his Rough and Rowdy Ways Tour – named after his 39th studio album released in 2020

The tour is set to conclude in Denver on July 6, but is expected to continue worldwide until 2024.

Dylan is notorious for not being photographed and even has a strict no photo policy at his concerts where security is known to walk up and down the aisles looking for culprits trying to sneak a pic of the music legend.

He is also rarely spotted out in public, and aside from his on stage appearances, had not been photographed out in about since last May.

Despite his age, he continues to be in a late-period renaissance following the critically acclaimed release of his album Rough And Rowdy Ways in 2020.

The LP debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 albums chart, one of his best performances in years, and it received his strongest reviews in two decades.

The album was his first collection of new songs since he became the first singer–songwriter to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016, though he released multiple cover albums in between.

Earlier this year Dylan was reported to have sold his entire back catalog of recorded music along with ‘the rights to multiple future new releases’ to Sony Music Entertainment in January.

He wore an off-white graphic tee, black slacks, that he matched with laced black shoes and topped off his look with a white fedora

He wore an off-white graphic tee, black slacks, that he matched with laced black shoes and topped off his look with a white fedora

Dylan is notorious for not being photographed and even has a strict no photo policy at his concerts

Dylan is notorious for not being photographed and even has a strict no photo policy at his concerts

Dylan first entered the public consciousness with New York City's Greenwich Village folk scene during the early 1960s and is now considered one of the greatest songwriters of all time

Dylan first entered the public consciousness with New York City’s Greenwich Village folk scene during the early 1960s and is now considered one of the greatest songwriters of all time

Sony did not disclose the financial terms of the deal, which was rumored to be worth upwards of $200 million, according to industry reports.

The move came a month after the singer had already sold his songwriting rights – separate from recording rights, which govern reproduction and distribution – to Universal, in a deal estimated to be worth more than $300million in 2020.

The collection spans six decades and contains 600 song copyrights including ‘Blowin’ In The Wind,’ ‘The Times They Are a-Changin’, ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,’ and ‘Tangled Up In Blue.’

His songs have been recorded more than 6,000 times, by various artists from dozens of countries, cultures and music genres, including the Jimi Hendrix version of ‘All Along The Watchtower.’

Dylan first entered the public consciousness with New York City’s Greenwich Village folk scene during the early 1960s.

When he brought an electric guitar on stage in 1965, he split the music community in what was considered a radical departure for an artist.

Dylan then produced three albums back to back in just over a year that changed the course of rock ‘n’ roll that decade, starting with ‘Bringing It All Back Home.’

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