Bob Dylan snapped at a fan taking a photo of him onstage on Tuesday night (April 16th) during a performance in Vienna, Austria. Rolling Stone reported the incident, posting, “(Dylan) finally reached his boiling point when he stopped singing 'Blowin’ In The Wind' after one verse to admonish the audience. 'Take pictures or don’t take pictures. We can either play or we can pose. Okay?” Although his audiences are informed that no photos are permitted during the show, Dylan had never publicly commented — let alone chastised anyone — for doing so.
What makes the incident even more notable is that after giving up on introducing his band a few years ago, apart from singing, Dylan doesn't speak on stage — no “good evenings” no song intros — nothing.
The report went on to read: “Prior to that, he said something into the microphone that’s hard to discern and then stepped backwards in an angry huff, tripped over a guitar monitor and nearly hit the floor. He then stood still near his band, apparently posing, and then went into a truncated rendition of 'It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry' before walking off for the night. The band finished the show with an instrumental version of 'Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,' which has been the finale throughout this whole tour.”
Rolling Stone associate editor Austin Scaggs says that both on and offstage, Bob Dylan has always remained an enigma to his core fan base: “Maybe he doesn't know his audience — maybe he doesn't want to know his audience. Maybe he wants to challenge this mass of people in front of him. And I think he wants to challenge them with, y'know words — but with rhythm.”
Bob Dylan will next perform on Friday (April 19th) in Innsbruck, Austria.