After nearly five decades of singing about a war that continues to haunt a generation of Americans, legendary performer Bob Dylan got his chance to see Vietnam at peace.

The iconic American folk singer and songwriter played a special concert in the former Saigon on Sunday evening, where he's belted out some of his classic anti-war tunes, nearly 36 years after the Vietnam War ended.

Dylan's music during that tumultuous era helped define a generation, touching thousands of young people who took to the streets demanding that Washington stop the war in Vietnam.

The concert's promoter has said that about half of the 8,000 seats at Ho Chi Minh City's RMIT University were sold to a mix of young and old fans, both Vietnamese and Western.