Dylan Sticks To Edited Setlist For Vietnam Debut

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April 10, 2011 | 6:30pm EST

Folk icon Bob Dylan voluntarily opted against performing his famous protest songs as he made his live debut in Vietnam on Sunday, hitting the stage for the first time in Ho Chi Minh City.
The rocker’s historic show took place days after completing his first ever gig in China, where he had to submit his planned song schedule to officials for pre-approval, so as not to offend the nation’s Communist regime.

He stuck to the edited setlist when he played in Vietnam this weekend, performing tracks such as Like A Rolling Stone and Jolene to 4,000 fans at RMIT University. He purposely left out peace anthems like The Times They Are A-Changin’ and Blowin’ In The Wind – songs which has become synonymous with the anti-Vietnam War protests of the 1960s.

Event promoter Rod Quinton suggested the decision was Dylan’s after claiming that no restrictions were imposed on the rocker by the Communist country’s government, according to the BBC.