Virgin Festival Rumor of the Day -- Bob Dylan?
In this new media world you can't always rely on traditional sources. Sometimes you have to wade through back channels to get good info. In D.C. that means keeping tabs on the 9:30 Club forum, which in between indie snob oneupmanship and bickering about ... well, everything ... you'll sometimes find an interesting tidbit or two.
Something caught my eye in the Virgin Mobile Festival Rumor thread over the weekend. It was a post that simply said: "Bob Dylan. That's a fact."
Plenty of people post nonsense on the board (almost exclusively, really) but this one was intriguing for a few reasons. First, it's Bob Dylan. Say what you will about the quality of his performances these days - and our buddy Chris Richards said it all in his August 2006 review - I'm going to take notice. More important in this instance was the person who posted the info. This wasn't one of the usual forum loons but someone who has been registered for more than three years but had only 57 posts. He/she isn't posting just to see his name, er, handle (j-money), in lights. J-money only posts when there is something to say. Looking back at some old posts, he/she had Modest Mouse playing at last year's festival before they had been confirmed. As an amateur message board profiler, j-money's credibility might not be perfect, but it's enough to make you raise an eyebrow.
So that's how we land on today's rumor of the day. A VMoFest spokesperson declined to comment, for what it's worth. That's the great thing about message boards/the Internet/etc. People never decline to comment. Most of the time it's garbage ... but sometimes it's not.
By David Malitz |
April 21, 2008; 1:42 PM ET
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