Deep inside of each and every one of us in a true super-fan, and inside that super-fan is a 16-year-old girl that dreams of being spotted in the crowd by our favourite rock star and called out, winked at, or even dragged up onto the stage a la Courtney Cox in ‘Dancing in the Dark’.
But that fantasy usually involves us being singled out amongst a crowd of thousands if not tens of thousands. What if you were to attend a show and the musicians on stage in fact had no one else to look at except you, because you were the only person in attendance?
To find out the answer to this somewhat obscure question, lifelong Bob Dylan fan and Swedish TV personality Fredrik Wikingsson was given the opportunity to attend a completely private Dylan concert at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music as part of a Swedish film series called Experiment Ensam, Rolling Stone reports.
For the series, a lone person is placed in situations normally reserved for large crowds. In Wikingsson’s case, the super-fan was given the once-in-a-lifetime experience of watching the rock and roll icon, who normally plays to sold-out theatres and arenas, do his thing just for him.
“I’ve seen him like 20 times, but this time, he might notice me. That’s just crazy,” Wikingsson told Experiment Ensam. “You go through phases of what you do and what you enjoy. The only thing that’s been constant in my life for 20 years has been Bob Dylan.”
The experience was an emotional one for Wikingsson, to say the least. “It’s weird, but I almost feel sick,” he said before the show. “I’ve never had a moment in my life when so much has been on the line. If he were to notice me and somehow face me, it would be life-changing, somehow.”
After carefully choosing his seat — about six rows back, dead centre — Wikingsson’s reactions become almost as captivating as Dylan’s performance, with the presenter moving past initial jitters, to joy, to awkwardness, to sadness, and then back to awkwardness again.
During a performance of ‘It’s Too Late (She’s Gone)’, Wikingsson admits after the show, “[I felt] a flood of emotions. I wasn’t far from crying.” However, the experience was peppered with moments of awkwardness, like whenever Wikingsson clapped, visibly unsure of himself.
At another point in the show, Wikingsson, compelled to say something and express his appreciation for the show, though uncertain of what to say, yelled out, “You guys sound great!” causing Dylan to laugh to himself. Readers can check out the Experiment Ensam episode below.