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Bob Dylan requested armed guards for Italy concert in wake of Paris terrorist attacks

on November 18, 2015, 7:00pm

Concert promoters across the US have vowed to implement new security measures in the wake of last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, which claimed the lives of 89 people and injured 200 others. Across the Atlantic, Bob Dylan will be ramping up his own security forces for his concert tonight in Bologna, Italy.

As International Business Times reports, the legendary singer-songwriter has requested that an additional 12 armed guards be present at Teatro Auditorium Manzoni this evening, posted at the venue’s various entrances, as well as the stage and backstage area. Some may even blend in with the crowd. Local police officers will also be stationed along the perimeter of the auditorium.

This is the first time an act has sought more security at the venue, according to its artistic director Giorgio Zagnoni.

While Dylan’s shoring up his defenses on the road, other artists have postponed their European tours altogether, including Foo Fighters, Prince, U2, Coldplay, and, of course, Eagles of Death Metal.

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