Bob Dylan releases Murder Most Foul, his first original song in eight years

It’s about the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

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Bob Dylan has released Murder Most Foul, a 17-minute song about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It’s his first original song to be released in eight years.

Zimmy announced the release via his social media platforms, thanking his fans for their “loyalty and support across the years” and revealing that the new song is, in fact, something he recorded a while back. Read the full statement below:

Dylan’s last original release was 2012’s Tempest, his 35th studio album. It was recorded at Groove Masters Studios – in Santa Monica, California – owned by Jackson Browne, who recently revealed he has contracted the COVID-19 virus. Tempest peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200, and featured songs such as Roll On John, a tribute to John Lennon, and a 14-minute title track that was a nod to the RMS Titanic.

Since Tempest he has released a trio of albums, mainly consisting of covers of American classics: Shadows In The Night (2015), Fallen Angels (2016) and Triplicate (2017).

Dylan was due to play a string of dates in Japan from 1-24 April, but that has since been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organisers said in a statement: “We are so sorry to cancel the shows, but in the interest of Public Health and Safety, we are left with no alternative. Therefore we have [regretfully] decided to cancel the upcoming Bob Dylan concerts here in Japan scheduled 1–24 April. We will look to rebook the shows in the future.”

Zimmy is still slated to go on a North American trek with Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats from June to July this year.

Listen to Murder Most Foul above.

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