The legendary Bob Dylan already has one of the most extensive catalogs in modern music, thanks not only to his more than 30 studio albums, but also to the huge collection of live albums and bootleg recordings that have surfaced over the years. In fall 2014, the Minnesota native’s output will get a little larger thanks to the upcoming release of The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, a six-disc set that will feature at least 30 previously unreleased songs.
Due out on Nov. 4, The Basement Tapes Complete will expand on the legacy of the original 1975 release, which was composed of recordings from a string of impromptu sessions Dylan held with The Band in 1967. The forthcoming set will mark the first time these influential recordings are available to the public in full. Among the previously unheard material to be featured on the six-disc collection is the song “Wild Wolf," as well as different versions of notable Dylan tracks like “I Shall Be Released,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” and “Odds and Ends.”
In conjunction with the release of this mammoth new collection of music, Dylan will return to North America for the first time in over a year with a new concert venture. The upcoming Bob Dylan tour will launch just ahead of the release of The Basement Tapes Complete, as the first shows are scheduled to take place at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre from Oct. 17-19. Dylan will headline multiple nights in many cities along the way--including Oakland, Calif. (Oct. 28-30), Chicago (Nov. 8-10), and Toronto (Nov. 17-18)--before wrapping the tour with four performances at New York’s Beacon Theatre (Nov. 28-Dec. 2). A more detailed schedule of upcoming shows is featured below.
Although Dylan and his camp have been fueling rumors of a new studio album, as of Aug. 27, no release date or further details have been confirmed. Earlier this spring, however, Dylan did post his own version of the standard “Full Moon and Empty Hearts,” which, according to Rolling Stone, is officially scheduled to appear on a forthcoming 2014 release. When it is released, the new album will be Dylan’s first studio release since 2012’s Tempest.