Don from Newtown, Connecticut
NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING
I thought the show was pretty good, but not great. I went in with a preconceived expectation. I last saw Bob in concert with his "Rolling Thunder Review" tour in 1975. It was around the time that "Blood on the Tracks" came out. The show was vibrant and electrifying. Bob was playing his current music at the time, as well as many of his older works. That show was electrifying. I expected that he wouldn't be the same, however I was unprepared for what I saw and heard. He has taken a penchant for "standards" from the forties and fifties covering the likes of Frank Sinatra et al. Bob was never a crooner but he gave it a shot. He played a few of his more well know works with vastly different arrangements. His voiced seemed strained. He just turned 76 so I can't complain too loudly, but it shows. I have a lot of respect for him and his earlier music. I had been listening to Bob's music the whole week before the show. I had psyched myself up, but came away wanting more.
Annonymous eclectic music lover from Providence, Rhode Island
BOB DYLAN & THE BAND
THE BAND WAS AWESOME! Song choices , not so much ! Mr Zimmerman, that's not your ERA ! Your not a CROONER, you're a Folk Rock a Pop star Poet Laureate, and you're rearranging of classic jazz blues and STANADRDS - like you once danced the Fox Trot Cha Cha Cha or Jive on a ball room floor is a bit pretentious, on your part, and a bit disrespectful to the actually CROONERS of that ERA. But the songs that YOU WROTE & rearranged are always yours and it's always YOUR PERROGATIVE to do with them as you please! It's your performance your reputation and BTW, yoiu're a terrific poet, but you're not a god of music . Play you're own originals and leave the others the respect they've earned to have theirs left alone. BUT, YOUR BAND IS AWESOME AMAZING AND ACCOMODATING.. I won't pay that much money for some one to butcher the vocals of Autumn Leaves and such . Enjoy your tour but don't forget the FANS who paid hard earned cash to hear a few tunes from the Era that made you your fortune
St stephen from Norwalk CT
BOB WAS GREAT. THE CROWD WAS ABHORENT
Bob did a great show. He sang well and despite the microphone incident and the piano stool incident the show was great on stage. The audience was a very different story. Why would you pay those prices for the first 3 rows and talk the entire time?!? I personally believe it's because of 2 reasons. The first is that these folks don't get out much and so they spend the entire 110 minute show conversing about it. The second is that you are a fan and are trying to convince a non fan that this is great. The only thing is that you don't get out much so you try to do it while you are out. News flash people!!! I didn't pay this kind of money to see a concert to hear your chit chat. I didn't pay this kind of money to hear you butcher the song with your out of key singing. Shut the F*%# up!!!!
The Complete Unknown from Detroit, Michigan
TANGLED UP IN BOB
High on Amphetamine stuck inside another Bob Dylan Dream. Clutching my pearls hoping for no more schemes. I make sure I pay the parking meter this time because I can’t afford another fine I Pray for a sign from God then “The Weight” from the Last Waltz comes on the channel as I listen to The Band sing to Fanny looking out the window at this new strange motorsport land Hoping Bob isn’t up on Black Mountain while I made a wish in the fountain by the banks of Belle Isle I thought I found Paradise for free. but like most things nothing is free even love has it’s price my love is the hole in my bucket ooh yeah baby don’t you dare miss it! when the lights start to flicker you better forget about that liquor The doors to heaven appear to be closed thinking man this really blows I hear someone say the doors will open after the song is over they open and some people go inside Then I hear him sing it ain’t me, Babe and the doors close once again I feel like bargaining with the devil tears fill my eyes wondering how much longer I have to wait. the doors open and I make a Bee line to Bob. I can’t believe it! He acts like we’ve never met my eyes get watery and wet while Bob Revisits Highway 61 for the 1870th time wondering how the hell he can memorize so many lines I guess if you play them a lot they get stuck which is probably how he got the Memphis Blues again since he stayed in MS a day too long hoping I don’t end up like Gypsy Lou lord knows I’ve paid my dews getting through Tangled up in Bob. all I did was Wiggle wiggle like a Gypsy Queen all dressed in Green Mr. JOnes pushed the chair from behind me and almost fell to my knees Then comes a swarm of staffers that tell me I gotta leave or they’ll call the police I gather my things and walk down that long lonely isle Some people were High 5ing me and smiling like I was part of the show. but man it sure felt like I just took a big blow that’s when I let out a terrible scream and Bob just continues to sing Ballad of a Thin Man to Mr. & Mrs. Jones for 1165th time. What good am I starts to come to my mind then I shut softly my watery eyes hoping the pangs of my sadness will pass but I end up breaking just like a little girl
Mike from Akron, Ohio
THANK YOU BOB AND BAND
Haven’t seen Bob in 20 years and am thankful Bob came to Akron.Beautiful theatre, but the sound mixing was terrible. Bob’s voice couldn’t complete with the guitars. The band sounded great and despite the other negative reviews on the subject, I’m glad that Bob has found a way to reinvent some of his classics. WAy too short of a show!
D. Greene from New York, New York
DYLAN'S BAND DROWNS HIM OUT
The Band has some great musicians, but they and the sound level just drowned Dylan out. Part of why I love Dylan is the poetry, and no matter how loud he tried to sing, you just couldn't hear/understand the words. And the arrangements for each song were thumpingly similar.
Dunkirk from New York, New York
DYLAN AT THE BEACON
It was the tenth Dylan concert I attended since 1992. Of those, maybe six were electric and the other four were not. The Beacon performance was not electric. He seemed rickety as he gingerly navigated the stage between numbers. His voice started out gravelly almost beyond recognition and then became much smoother as the evening progressed. The show was not his best performance of recent (for instance, last year he was much more engaged and energetic in Asheville, NC). The band, led by lead guitarist Charlie Sexton, was superb. I can't imagine a better back up band in all of rockdom. And, Dylan is an American legend and icon. I have discovered that a Dylan concert is never a sure bet. What is certain, however, is that you can expect the unexpected. As a huge fan, especially since Blood on the Tracks in the 70's, it took me halfway through almost every song to figure out what number Dylan was playing. I know that can irritating to some, but I find it fascinating how he likes to scramble the formula for each song, no matter how sacred. As far as a Dylan concert goes, it was what it was.
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