American folk singer Bob Dylan will perform in the Communist nation of Vietnam for the first time next month, according to his promoter.
Dylan will reportedly appear at a university stadium in the southern commercial city of Ho Chi Minh City on April 10, said Rod Quinton, general manager of Ho Chi Minh City-based Saigon Sound System.
We are bringing him here because Bob Dylan is a very important legend of music and we think it's important that Vietnamese people, particularly the younger generation, are exposed to his legacy and what he's done for music, Quinton said.
Vuong Duy Bien, director of the Art Performances Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said the ministry granted permission for Dylan to perform in Vietnam.
The stadium holds about 9000 people and Quinton said he expects to sell out the show.
However, general admission tickets will cost about 900,000 dong ($43), which is slightly higher than Vietnam's monthly minimum wage, while VIP tickets are priced at 2.5 million dong ($120).
Dylan became famous in the 1960s largely due to his songs about the U.S. civil rights movement and his opposition to the Vietnam War.
Dylan recently entered into an agreement recently to perform n China for the first time as part of his Asian tour. (A previous application to perform in China has been rejected).