|Vol. 17, No. 18||Feb. 5, 1998|
Two legends in their respective fields will appear at the Bob Carpenter Center this month and next: Rock music avatar Bob Dylan will appear with opening act Kenny Wayne Shepherd at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23, and the Harlem Globetrotters will present "What Sports Should Be" at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 16.
Tickets for the Dylan concert are $26.50, with a limited number of tickets for UD students at $18. (Student discount tickets are available only at the Bob Carpenter Center and Trabant University Center box offices.)
Globetrotter tickets are $12, $18, $22 and $30, depending on seat location, and a limited number of floor seats are available for $120 each.
Tickets for both shows are now on sale at both campus box offices, at Ticketmaster outlets and by phone through Ticketmaster at (302) 984 -2000 or (215) 336-2000. A convenience charge may apply.
Dylan, the first performer to appear in the newly opened Bob Carpenter Center in 1992, will return to the campus just two days before this year's Grammy Awards ceremony, for which he has received three nominations, including album of the year, best contemporary folk album and best male rock vocal performance.
His recent album, "Time Out of Mind," also has received top ratings from Rolling Stone, USA Today, New York Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Detroit News, among others. A Newsweek critic wrote, "He hasn't sounded so fresh and almighty in years. It's enough to give us some faith in the future." The recording has achieved Top 10 status in the United States, as well as the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Norway.
Opening the Feb. 23 show will be blues-rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his band. The 20-year-old took the blues world by storm with his 1996 debut album, Ledbetter Heights, which held the top position on Billboard's blues chart for five months and yielded three Top 10 singles on the rock charts. Shepherd has said the goal of his newest recording, Trouble Is..., is to reinvent blues-rock for a new generation. Hit singles from the new CD include "Slow Ride," "True Lies" and "Blue on Black."
The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate the world record of playing its 20,000th game during this year's tour. The team, which began in 1927, has performed for more than 100 million fans in 114 countries.
"We're dedicating this historic season to the fans and the former and current Globetrotters who are responsible for this world record," Mannie Jackson, team owner and chairman, said. "In today's world, where professional athletes too often spurn sportsmanship and put down fans and officials, the Globetrotters continue to shine as examples of what sports can and should be ... real athletes and real fun where fans see and appreciate real competition. It's what sports should be."
The current show features Michael "Wild Thing" Wilson and Fred "Preacher" Smith, world record-holders in the vertical slam dunk, and Matt "Showbiz" Jackson, the reigning "Clown Prince of Basketball," as well as high tech special effects, basketball wizardry and a hip musical score. Fans will be able to meet their favorite Globetrotters at the post-game autograph session.
For more information on these performers, check out their web sites: Dylan at www.bobdylan.com, Shepherd at www.kwsband.com and the Globetrotters at www.harlemglobetrotters.com/