Bob Dylan Reviews
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Rene Vallieres from Salt Lake City, Utah
I've been listening to Bob since 1964. Brought my Bob records to college in 1966 and was almost booed out of the dorm by upper classmen who were into Smokey Robinson. My wife and I had a great time last night at the concert in SLC. Mavis was great as usual. The first thing that strikes you about Bob and the band is how tight they are. They play with an amazing precision. Others have commented on Bob changing the arrangements of his classic songs like Tangled Up in Blue and Desolation Row to the dismay of some. I knew this was coming following him for so many years. But what surprised me is that he mostly played the last song of the night pretty straight up - Ballad of a Thin Man. The melody was recognizable. He has ended his concerts with this song for years. I had to smile knowing he loves to wink at his audience with a mischievous twinkle in his eye "You don't know what's happening. Do you Mr. Jones?" Written with affection - Mr Jones
Mitch Walker from Toronto, Ontario
BETTER THAN EXPECTED
There are a lot of negative comments out there so I was a little worried about my first Dylan concert. Fortunately this night turned into one of the highlites of my 65 years. Great seats (7th row center floors) thanks kids. The visuals and the sound was impeccable. The band wore matching suits which contributed to the early sixties nostalgia. What a band! The arrangements of Bob's originals were twisted into fresh new sounds that were heavenly and cast a spell over me. Bob showcased the lyrics in a voice that was beautiful in a unique and honest way that dispelled all pretentiousness. The only thing I was disappointed with was how quickly 2 hours went by.
SJCL from Northeast, Connecticut
I last saw Bob about 20 years ago in Springfield, Mass at a time when he was clearly low-energy and was largely unintelligble. This time he was fantastic! Nonstop wonderful music, great projection,, (mostly) recognizable lyrics, a great choice of songs mixing old Dylan standards, new Dylan masterpieces such as Duquesne Whistle, and old American Songbook titles. Others have commented on the audience -- I was in the loge which had a largely appreciative though not always enthusiastic group of people.--- one of whom fell soundly asleep despite the very loud but clear sound system. Oh well, everyone gets what they need from a Dylan concert. Looking forward to seeing him again.
from Winnipeg, Manitoba
BOB DYLAN AND BAND WINNIPEG CONCERT
I had a seat in the middle of the Floor area and loved it! The performance by Bob and his band was the most moving experience to me as a fan and spiritually! He IS a master reaching our souls with his words and music ! God bless you Bob and your family and your band ! You ARE our voice of our souls ! James Perch and family , Winnipeg , Manitoba , Canada
Sean from Newport, Rhode Island
BOB AND HIS BAND WERE PUMPING
This is the third time i've seen Bob, all since 2000. Each time I've enjoyed it for his willingness to play anything anytime and in any arrangement. He's such a clever writer and clearly enjoys the art of making music. Last night was especially good b/c the band was pumping. Bob never introduced them, presumably it was his usual group of Stu, Charlie, Tony, Donnie and George, but they were fantastic. The music was sharp all night long. Interestingly, Bob never played guitar or any other instrument other than the piano. When he wasn't on the piano he stood in crooner style--awesome, As for the crowd, I was in middle of row 3 left side and the folks in rows 1 and 2 were so close that they couldn't see above the stage, which is why they stood so long. It was kind of annoying, my view of Bob was blocked at times, but when has it become "proper" to sit during a concert? Also, I didn't hear any chatter, except in between songs. It was a great show.
Daniel Kalmann from New York, NY
BOB DYLAN WALLINGFORD CT 2017/06/18
So here are some of my thoughts and meanderings after last night's June 18 2017 Wallingford, CT concert. First of all, my driving time from Queens NY was over 3 hours, and because it was Father's Day (we have 3 kids, ages 14, 6 and 10 months) my wife and I had a bit of a late start and I got more and more nervous as the estimated arrival time inched closer to 8pm. We made it into the full parking lot at 7:59 where we were whisked to the VIP parking section because everything else was taken. That brought us to the main entrance within 1 minute, up the stairs to the loge we went, and as we reached the top, he walked in and started his night. I had planned to tape record, but I was not ready for it at all, so I stopped worrying about it. I had purchased binoculars for the occasion and I started looking for and easily found his Bobness. He has so many different mannerisms, his wide stance when playing the piano, wearing his silver tipped white and brown boots, in his slightly bedazzled black costume with red patches and sparkles and a wide open collared red shirt with bolo tie, behind the shiny black grand-piano that offered a reflection of himself with is hair full and not as dark as usual and his hat resting on the piano but never on his head this night, his walking between songs, when the stage goes dark, to his table with his Oscar statuette and a cup of drink, how he prepares for his next songs standing in the middle of the stage, adjusting his hair a bit, putting his hand on his hip, holding the microphone just like a crooning rock star should, stepping forwards, little shuffle dance steps, his very inspired piano playing, his It Ain't Me Babe when he strapped on his guitar (I could see in the dark that he strapped one on, I couldn't believe it, it was a thrilling moment for sure!), his obvious fitness level which is important to me as an older fitness fanatic myself, his supreme control of everything on stage, including leading his wonderful band with a flick of a look, his kind acknowledgments of his band as well, especially during his crooning song with his arm gesturing towards them, his pure showmanship, his ability to make each and every song real, nothing fake happening during this set. I was on the edge of my seat with my binocs focused on him, his band, his facial expressions, his strong singing, his switching back and forth between rocking and crooning, his intense delivery of each word, sentence, song. I felt in the presence of greatness all night long, I wanted to soak in each moment, who knows how many times the answer will continue to be blowing in the wind, it was maybe a tad too short but so worthwhile, he will forever be the greatest song and dance man, there will never be another Bob Dylan and I was fortunate to spend almost 2 hours in the same room. Thank you Bob Dylan, for the over 50 years of providing me an anchor for this crazy world, for enlightening me, entertaining and confusing me, for rocking my world, for reaching levels of greatness that have always encouraged me to be the best I can be, and that made me come to New York City from Amsterdam exactly 40 years to the day today. Forever Young, my friend, forever young!
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