'gooch,he's been playing a little bit of guitar this tour,mostly on Simple Twist of Fate. Also seems Tangled Up In Blue is a regular on this segment in Europe. As you know both are from my fave Dylan album.
Back to North America in mid August.
Hoop, I would call the show good, not great. Major disappointment was the two not playing together as they did in Europe last year. Knopfler comes out with his band, plays a set, leaves, then Bob comes out with his band and does the same. Knopfler was brilliant.Boy can play. Hit every note perfectly, rocked a few, bluesed a few, folked a few. Band is an awesome world music melange--thought of bev when the bagpipe came out! Loved the inclusion of Song For Sonny Liston, which is a personal favorite. Wish he had played longer.
As for Brother Bob: They guy has been such a part of my life that I have always gone to see him and likely always will, but at 71, Dylan is a piece of work. The voice is shot and he makes very few efforts in the show to carry any melody. He never touches the guitar. His piano and harmonica (!!!) are mediocre. Fortunately his band is world class, especially Charlie Sexton on guitar and the drummer. No "North Country", but Love Minus Zero was a gift, as were Hard Rain and Chimes of Freedom. Watching the River Flow, Rolling Stone and Tweedledum were other highlights. You often have to play name that tune with him, and he was more than a minute into Tangled Up in Blue before I realized he was playing a pretty identifiable song.
I realize I have felt the same about the last 3 or for of his shows that I have seen, but I'll probably go back again, because he is Bob Dylan, goddammit! Sucker, me.
Thanks for the review 'gooch. Too bad he didn't grab his guitar,he played it 3 or 4 times a night when he was in Europe as I recall.
Tough to pass up an opportunity to see him as you never know when the curtain will fall.
I see he played Love Sick your night,I could listen to that and Not Dark Yet off the Time Out Of Mind CD anywhere,anytime.
"....but I'll probably go back again, because he is Bob Dylan..."
"Tough to pass up an opportunity to see him as you never know when the curtain will fall."
I'm sorry....this is probably an apples to oranges kind of thing, but those comments so reminded me one one of the most memorable concert-going experiences of my life. I'm thinking it was around 1980. I went to see and hear Andres Segovia ply his trade at Bridges Auditorium at Claremont Colleges. It's a small and intimate venue, which probably made it all the more special.
I wouldn't have known any difference if he had "lost a step or two", as his facile handling of his instrument, at AGE 87, made my jaw drop. I remember, after his last program piece, the audience called him back, and the old man played FOUR encores! When nobody was ready to let him go any time soon after that, he came out, put his hands out palms up, and mouthed to the audience that he just couldn't do any more....he was exhausted. There was huge and respectful applause, and off he went.
My point is that whenever you have the opportunity to see a legend in performance, you take it. You might be disappointed if the performance doesn't live up to what you remember, but, in the end, that matters little. The posts above from 'gooch and Hooper say it all. Andres Segovia is hands-down the greatest classical guitarist of the 20th century, and being able to see and hear him live will always mean a great deal to me.
By the way, Segovia died about seven years later (1987) at the age of 94.
Thanks Hoop....I'm glad that it wasn't out of line or anything.
Question: Is that a picture of Bridges Auditorium? I did make a few appearances there, but the last one was over 25 years ago. I do remember red seats, and that stage in that setting looks awfully familiar.