As employee gifts go, this is way better than any canned ham or company ball cap. According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer is hooking up each of its 7,000 employees with two tickets to a show bound to make aging Boomers and their slacker spawn salivate--a one-night stand teaming Bob Dylan with his son Jakob's band, the Wallflowers, tonight at the San Jose Arena.

The reported occasion is the 30th anniversary celebration for Applied Materials. And, indeed, the Santa Clara, California, company has given a pair of tickets to each of its employees for a super-secret event tonight. But, so far, no one will corroborate the Mercury News announcement that the stars of the evening will be the Dylans.

Jeff Lettes, a spokesman for Applied, says an "employee celebration" is indeed happening, but he won't comment on the entertainment. A San Jose Arena ticket-office operator would only say, "It's a private party put on by Applied Materials, and that's the only information we have."

Further, both Bob and Jakob's publicists plead ignorance. "As far as I know, [Bob] is finishing up a Midwest swing of colleges, says elder Dylan spokesperson Larry Jenkins." But he plays 150 dates a year...I don't know about all of them." Bob Dylan and his band played Wednesday at Milwaukee's Eagles Ballroom and don't have another show scheduled until December 1 in Atlanta. The Wallflowers just played two dates in Los Angeles with the Rolling Stones and have a scheduled concert in Charleston, South Carolina, on Saturday.

If the show is indeed on, it will be Bob Dylan's first appearance with the Wallflowers--and that's if the two acts actually appear on the stage at the same time. The Mercury News didn't say whether the two would play separately or together.

In any event, these are heady times for both artists. After recovering from a nasty viral chest infection last spring, Bob Dylan has just released his most widely accepted record in decades, Time Out of Mind, and Jakob's Wallflowers have enjoyed huge commercial and critical success with their mega-selling breakthrough CD, Bringing Down the Horse.

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