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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.
Heidi from New York, New York
While I can't bring myself to give this musical genius a 1-star, it's probably a more accurate rating of this show. As other viewers have said, he was not interactive and barely intelligible. While he's always spoken much of the content in his songs, there was no attempt to sing at all. You could barely understand a word. Making it even more difficult was that the songs were rearranged to such an extent that they sounded like a parody of a Bob Dylan song, and you could not understand even the most well known songs. There was no audience acknowledgment at all. If you are considering purchasing tickets and have not already, I would save your money.
Marylee from New York, New York
TIME TO GO FISHING
Thought I was in the "name this tune" show. Although Bob Dylan is an accomplished song writer and musician, he has little stage presence and maybe has no regard, really, as to what an audience would like to hear. He apparently changes up his songs to please himself but failed to entertain the rest of us. The band was rockin’ but what is the point of hearing the iconic artist of such wonderful songs go off into some alter musical reality? I love Bob Dylan but like a lot of renowned folks who hate to retire, it's simply time. Bye Bob, I'll continue to love your songs on recordings and not pay $200 for inarticulate, narcissistic machinations.
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