Bob Dylan's a-comin' to St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center

Bob Dylan, seen here a-singin'

Bob Dylan, seen here a-singin' Associated Press

Bob Dylan -- greatest songwriter alive, noted guy who is from here -- is a-comin' to St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center on October 25. That's so soon! 

Tickets -- $52.50-$129.50 -- go on sale Friday at noon via Ticketmaster and the venue box office. Opening will be R&B great Mavis Staples, she of recent Gorillaz/Arcade Fire/Jack White/Jeff Tweedy collabs; legend has it she rejected Dylan's marriage proposal in the '60s, but obviously they're cool now. 

Dylan, 76, is touring in support of March's Triplicate, his most recent batch of Sinatra jams, which we reviewed here. City Pages may or may not have inspired its title. The pride of Hibbing, Minnesota's Never Ending Tour, which began in 1988, last visited his home state in 2014 for three consecutive Orpheum Theatre gigs in downtown Minneapolis. 

Dylan found time to dick with the Nobel Prize Committee late last year, though he eventually accepted the award. Read his brilliantly sly acceptance speech from December here

And here is the complete batch of tour dates announced Monday: 

10/13 Valley Center, CA @ Harrah’s Resort SoCal – The Events Center
10/14 Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan Hotel – The Chelsea Theatre
10/17 Salt Lake City, UT @ Eccles Theater
10/18 Salt Lake City, UT @ Eccles Theater
10/21 Denver, CO @ 1STBANK Center
10/23 Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
10/24 Ames, IA @ Stephens Auditorium
10/25 Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
10/27 Chicago, IL @ Wintrust Arena
10/28 Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
10/29 Bloomington, IN @ IU Auditorium
11/01 Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
11/03 Akron, OH @ E.J. Thomas Hall
11/05 Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre
11/06 Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall
11/08 Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
11/10 Richmond, VA @ Coliseum
11/11 Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
11/12 Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
11/14 Washington, DC @ The Anthem
11/16 Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena