A “very nervous” Patti Smith performed an incredible rendition of Dylan’s classic “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” with orchestral accompaniment, that moved some audience members to tears.
Since the controversial announcement of the Nobel Prize for Literature being awarded to Bob Dylan in October, the discussion of if and how he will accept the award has been a major talking point.
This week, as well as providing a statement to be read to the Nobel committee on his behalf, Patti Smith appeared in the Swedish capital to perform Dylan’s classic “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall.” Clearly overwhelmed by the enormous task of performing on Dylan’s behalf, Smith stumbled over some of the words, and asked the orchestra to repeat the verse, explaining that she was “very nervous”, bringing the audience to applause in support.
Smith continued into an amazing performance, completely transfixing the audience, made up of dignitaries and royalty, with a song that feels more important now that ever.
Watch the performance below:
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