The iconic face of the of Anti-Vietnam war protest finally got a chance to visit the country, at peace
69 year old Bob Dylan took to the stage in what was formerly known as Saigon on Sunday, singing classics such as “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” and “Highway 61 Revisited.”
Only about half of the 8,000 seats were sold, but the guest throughly enjoyed themselves as they danced around in the warm evening air Dylan jammed on guitar, harmonica and the keyboard.
“We listened to anything that spoke of peace. We called him the peace poet,” said Stan Karber, 60, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, who served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971 and has lived in Ho Chi Minh City for the past 15 years. “I’ll be dancing here in a minute.”
The fighting ended on April 30, 1975, when northern Communist forces seized the U.S.-backed capital of South Vietnam, reunifying the country. About 58,000 Americans were killed along with some 3 million Vietnamese.Sunday’s concert was the 10th anniversary of the death of anti-war Vietnamese folk singer Trinh Cong Son, known as the “Bob Dylan of Vietnam.” The opening Vietnamese acts played a tribute to Son, who still is very popular in Vietnam.