In Sweden, they have a very interesting Discovery channel-esque program called Experiment Ensam, or Experiment Alone, in English. It’s a very interesting show that’s based around making people do things alone that they would normally do with at least one other person such as: Going to a stand up show, doing karaoke and going to an amusement park. Now, however, they’ve stepped up their game quite a bit. A Bob Dylan superfan by the name of Fredrik Wilkingsson got to be the only one to watch a Bob Dylan concert in Philadelphia. Completely alone in a big, ornate theater, you realize just how strange it would be to go to a concert for your favorite artist alone. It may seem completely positive at first, but once you start feeling insecure about whether or not you should be applauding, it may become a little uncomfortable.
Dylan played all covers: Buddy Holly’s Heartbeat, Fat Domino’s Blueberry Hill, and Chuck Wills’ It’s Too Late (She’s Gone). Leading up to the concert, Wilkingsson talks about how he feels, saying:
“I’ve seen him live maybe 20 times, but this time, he might notice me. That’s just crazy. Every time I’m in New York, I come here to Greenwich Village. I think about how he’s walked around here. I’ve often been here and often thought about this, but i’ve never been faced with being the only one at one of his concerts. You go through phases in what you do and what you enjoy. The only thing that’s been constant in my life for 20 years has been Bob Dylan. If someone had told me 20 years ago that Bob Dylan would do a concert just for me... It can’t happen. It just can’t happen.”
Obviously a very emotional statement, and the video is quite emotional to match it. It shows Wilkingsson even tearing up during one of Dylan’s harmonica solos.
You can watch the full video with subtitles here: