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from Washington, District of Columbia
BOB DYLAN THE ANTHEM WAS SUBLIME
If you didn't know Bob's material from last year's Rough and Rowdy Ways, I can understand that this show could've been frustrating to some, because Bob does not enunciate perhaps quite as clearly as many rock singers. That said, the two of the four people in my group who were completely unfamiliar with his new songs still had a brilliant time. The group was on fire. Bob stood on almost every song. He even joked a bit, introduced the band, etc. For as frail as I think he is, he was quite animated. I thought he sang better than he has in years. This band is as good as any he's had since The Band. Most of the material from the new album is stellar. Performances of particular note were "I Contain Multitudes", "I've Made Up My Mind", Goodbye Jimmy Reed", "Most Likely You'll Go Your Way", "False Prophet", "Key West", and a scorching "Gotta Serve Somebody" that blew away any other version I've ever heard. We had a great time and Bob did not disappoint.
S. Costa from Middletown,Connecticut
THE SPIRIT OF 76
MY husband and I spent 220.00 each for good seats right behind the sound technicians ..we were dead Center and had a great view of Bob and the band. The show began PROMPTLY on the dot of 8:00 which I felt was courteous to the crowd who continued to dribble in nonstop throughout the show which is always so annoying. The crowd was friendly, courteous and really pleasant where we were. I was annoyed by this one girl in the front row who danced and played with her hair while standing for the entire show. We were thrilled with his voice which sounded better than ever and his band is wonderful appreciated a nice encore but really would have liked a " hello" or a goodbye" from him...and also did expect at least one of,his big songs at the encore ..like LIKE A ROLLING STONE or MR TANBORINE MAN. All in all, we loved him and felt like we had a real,treat to be treasured for many years to come!
Patrick Easterling from New York, New York
THANK YOU, BOB DYLAN!
“Precious memories, how they linger How they ever flood my soul In the stillness, of the midnight Precious sacred scenes unfold” Tonight Dylan shares some memories with us, in his own way – the memories floods his soul. Like when he makes us listen to a renewed and melancholic “Like A Rolling Stone”, in a version where he stops and starts, amplifies the final words of each verse, making the existential strength of the refrain even stronger, one of the highlights of the night. Another highlight, maybe THE highlight of the evening, is his almost solo piano version of the now hymnlike version of “Don´t Think Twice, It´s All Right”. Each verse gets ovations, his voice is strong, he paints each line like it´s a masterpiece, and he roars the ending words as powerful as ever. It´s difficult for me to name one version of this song that´s made a deeper impression. To tell the truth, I copied the above, but I can't write or think as well! But me and the wife's 5th show in 35 years! Thanks!
Jay Dee from Utica, New York
ZIMMERMAN AT THE STANLEY. A GOOD SHOW AND A GOOD TIME!
Robert Zimmerman can't be fit into boxes. A wise fan doesn't go to his concerts seeking exact renditions of fifty or sixty year old songs. Bob at the Stanley last night was his old irascible self with a new or different take on "old" new? songs. The last time I saw him was with Willy Nelson in Cooperstown in 'o4. Back then he was starting concerts with "Sweet Marie". Last night started with "Things Have Changed" and sequed into ditties with updated versions and twists. It Ain't Me Babe, Simple Twist of Fate, When I Paint My Masterpiece, were all garrulous and conversational with heavy bass overtones. He was lucid and clear voiced throughout but he was sans guitar and although he blew a harmonica frequently, seeing him again on the twelve string would have been nice. No one seemed to care that we were most of us old last night, we're younger than that now. As the required encore Blowing in the Wind played, we were blowing with Bob. Can that ever be a bad thing?! Thanks again Robert!
Kathy from Arlington, Texas
My first time to see Bob Dylan. The venue is lovely. Good restaurants nearby. I was disappointed Bob Dylan did not play Knocking On Heavens Door. The arrangements of his songs were greatly different from the originals, so hard to recognize. Still a wonderful show seeing a rock legend.
Chuck Benge from Tucson, Arizona
Sounded best in the three times i’ve Seen him since late 60’s. If you expected the Dylan of old and no change, get with it people. Band was great. Dylan on piano and harmonica great. Gonna take this to my grave. Thank you Bob Dylan!
Dave from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Bob is still an excellent performer. If you was expecting the harmonica, guitar playing version you were disappointed. His voice is excellent these days and he still has his quirks that lets you know he is still Bob Dylan.
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