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Bob Dylan played his first Israeli concert in almost twenty years on June 20, 2011. Photo by AP
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Bob Dylan will hold a single concert in Israel on June 20 at the Ramat Gan stadium, where Leonard Cohen and Elton John recently performed, it was confirmed yesterday.

The booking follows lengthy negotiations between agents of the celebrated singer-songwriter and some of Israel's top international concert promoters. Marcel Avraham, the promoter who organized the Leonard Cohen and Elton John concerts - as well as the upcoming Justin Beiber concert that will be held over Passover - competed for the job of promoting the Dylan concert with two other Israelis: Kobi Sidi and Shuki Weiss.

Weiss eventually withdrew from the race because of the high costs involved in organizing the concert. Ticket prices are yet to be released, but judging from past experience, they are expected to be high. Dylan, who turns 70 in May, will arrive in Israel as part of a world tour that begins in Asia two weeks earlier and will conclude in Denmark in late June. This will be his third performance here, following a concert in 1987 and another in 1993. He also visited Israel on his own in the 1960s.

Dylan is expected to perform songs from all five decades of his musical career.