Bob Dylan to open renovated Met Philly this December

After the 110-year-old venue was renovated at $56 million while staying true to its original form, The Met Philadelphia will open with its first performance by Bob Dylan


                            Bob Dylan to open renovated Met Philly this December

The Met Philly is all set to re-open on December 3, and who better to open with the first performance than pop culture icon Bob Dylan. The Live Nation and developer-builder Eric Blumenfeld, announced on Monday the initial schedule for the Philadelphia’s Metropolitan Opera House that is due to re-open as the Met Philadelphia on December 3. 

The large concert hall, built by Oscar Hammerstein I in 1908, has been lying dormant for decades. After the 110-year-old venue was renovated at $56 million while staying true to its original form, its first performance will be by Bob Dylan and his band. It will be followed by performances from rock bands Weezer and Ween on December 12 and 14, respectively.



 

According to The Inquirer, on Monday afternoon, politicians, concert promoters, real estate developers, and members of the Opera Company of Philadelphia gathered at the former home of the ministry of evangelist Father Divine to sing 'God Bless America' celebrating the reopening of the Philadelphia’s Metropolitan Opera House and flaunt its economic impact on North Philadelphia.

The first big name announced was Bob Dylan, who will open the show on December 3. This particular show will also mark his 50th time playing in the arena. The tickets for the show will be part of his Never Ending Tour and will go on sale at 10 am on Friday via Ticketmaster. 

The concerts, that are locally connected, are being marketed as #hoMETownSHOW series and also include singer-songwriter Amos Lee, who recently released his seventh album. Other December dates will feature violinist Lindsey Stirling, WDAS holiday jam with Charlie Wilson and Stokley of Mint Condition and comedian and 'Last Week Tonight' host John Oliver. 

The complete schedule for The Met Philly so far so is as follows:

Dec. 3: Bob Dylan
Dec. 12: Weezer
Dec. 14: Ween
Dec. 18: Lindsey Sterling
Dec. 22: WDAS Holiday Jam
Dec. 28: PnB Rock
Dec. 29: Kurt Vile & the Violators
Dec. 30-31: John Oliver
Jan. 11: Greensky Bluegrass
Jan. 19: Impractical Jokers starring the Tenderloins
Feb. 24: Scott Bradlee's Post-Modern Jukebox
March 9: James Bay & his Electric Light Tour
April 6: Amos Lee
April 27: Brian Regan
June 14: Derek Hough