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Bob Dylan offered ‘Coronation Street’ cameo after admitting he binges ITV soap

The music icon praised the show for making him 'feel at home'

By Nick Reilly

How a potential Dylan appearance in Weatherfield could look (Picture: ITV/Wikicommons)

Bob Dylan has been offered a cameo on Coronation Street, after the venerable music icon admitted he is a fan of the classic ITV soap drama.

In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, the 81-year-old singer praised the show because it makes him “feel at home”.

“I’ve binge watched Coronation Street, Father Brown, and some early Twilight Zones,” he said of his TV habits. “I know they’re old-fashioned shows, but they make me feel at home. I’m not a fan of packaged programs, or news shows, so I don’t watch them.”

The singer added that he is not a fan of shows which he considers to be “foul smelling or evil”.

“Nothing disgusting” he said, before clarifying that “two or three hours” in front of the TV is what he considers to be a standard telly binge session.

Now, Corrie producer Iain MacLeod has offered the chance for Dylan to live out his TV fantasies and make an on-screen performance on the Weatherfield cobbles.

Macleod told The Daily Telegraph: “To hear that Bob Dylan is a Coronation Street viewer blows my mind.

“I would absolutely love the idea of him turning up in the Rovers Return one night.”

MacLeod added that Dylan’s cameo could see him making a surprise performance at an open mic night at the iconic pub.

“A mysterious singer could roll in out of the Manchester rain and do a turn,” he suggested.

In an expanded version of the Wall Street Journal Q&A on his website , Dylan also listed an unlikely list of the musical artists he’s currently enjoying.

Bob Dylan pictured wearing a cream hat while performing live in 2017
Bob Dylan pictured in 2017. (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Raph_PH)

“Performers and songwriters recommend things to me. Others I just wake up and they’re there. Some I’ve seen live,” he said.

“The Oasis Brothers, I like them both, Julian Casablanca, the Klaxons, Grace Potter. I’ve seen Metallica twice. I’ve made special efforts to see Jack White and Alex Turner. Zac Deputy, I’ve discovered him lately. He’s a one man show like Ed Sheeran, but he sits down when he plays. I’m a fan of Royal Blood, Celeste, Rag and Bone Man, Wu-Tang, Eminem, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, anybody with a feeling for words and language, anybody whose vision parallels mine.”

Last month, the handwritten lyrics to Dylan’s 1965 hit ‘Desolation Row’ went under the hammer for $425,000 (£350,000).

The sale took placeafter the original manuscripts for songs such as ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’, ‘Lay Lady Lay’ and ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ were purchased by a memorabilia firm in 2020, with the first song believed to have sold for a fee thought to be in the region of $2.2million (£1.8m).

Another recent auction of early love letters from the singer also revealed that he nearly opted for ‘Little Willie’ as his stage name.