Saw Bob Dylan tonight.

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  1. nvilletele

    nvilletele Friend of Leo's

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    I’ve got tix to see him, 3rd row center, in Iowa in a couple weeks. Seeing him with my buddy of 60 years, the guy who first introduced me to Bob in the 60s. Same venue as we saw Bob back in 94.

    Bob’s shows can be hit or miss, and I am hoping for the best on this one. But I’d see him anytime. First time was Rolling Thunder Revue I in 1975. Saw him often in 90’s and early 2000’s.

    Started jamming yesterday on the open tuning songs from Blood on the Tracks, when my local guitar friend suggested it. Great timing.
     
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    I saw him last the day we started dropping bombs on Iraq.

    Closed with "Blowin in the wind" and if you were a 60's kid, that was the anthem of a generation at the time.

    His voice was terrible and sang out of time, but the songs are incredible - prophet of our generation.
     
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    He’s a legend. Cool that you saw him in my book and the good show was a bonus!
     
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    Only saw him once, early 00's with Willie. Fantastic, musicianship was top notch. Anybody that's a fan oughta see him soon.
     
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    Seeing him in two weeks for the first time. Thanks for the report! I’m very much looking forward to it.
     
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    I've seen him 6 times and different every show except it's Bob so go figure, but his band of many years is always top notch. He's Mn. soon but I may have to miss it
     
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    The last time I saw him two years ago he was singing waaaaaay better than when I saw him 10 years before.

    I think the Sinatra/crooner records he did really helped him.
     
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    Good for you. Am jealous. Haven't seen him in almost 20 years.
     
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  9. Blue Bill

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    Thanks for the review and pictures! I saw him a couple times, loved every minute of it. He's one of the very few legends that survived the '70s. Imagine if Janis, Jim Morrison, Duane, Jimi, Graham Parsons, Keith Richards, Lowell George, etc., etc., were still around? Wait... Keith made it too, awesome.
     
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    I looked at my girlfriend half way through the concert and remarked how Bob was such a storyteller, with music. She agreed, then she asked me who is Lenny Bruce? Lenny is in the lyrics of a song that Dylan pays tribute.
     
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    I learned the truth from Lenny Bruce. . . .
     
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    my wife and I saw him with Tom Petty in Vancouver ( she's a huge fan) and I did a show here in kamloops for him , he treats his people very well , but he is allusive
     
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    That's a great opening line for a song.

    I learn the truth from Lenny Bruce
    Before I turned sixteen...
     
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    Guitarist changing guitars for every number. I really don't get that.
     
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    Saw him twice in the big-band '78 tour (Binghamton & Buffalo). Once in '88, I think, and again in '92, I think, both in Charlottesville.

    The two '78 shows were very similar, as that was such a rehearsed and theatrical and somewhat canned tour. Some of those versions--especially of "Blowin' in the Wind," "Like a Rolling Stone," "Senor," "It's Alright Ma," etc.--were unforgettably powerful. Others, like "Girl from the North Country," "I Don't Believe You," etc., were really lovely. Overall great shows, despite how panned they were by the era's critics.

    The '88 and '92 shows were very different from '78, and from one another.

    In '88, he was spitting fire vocally, and literally spitting on the stage floor, sometimes between lines. All electric, with Dylan on a blonde Tele and GE Smith using his own Tele like a Marine sergeant leading a charge, shaping it around Dylan's singing and timing while also keeping the song and band's shape going.

    In '92, Dylan played a big Gibson acoustic the whole time, and was all smiles and grins.

    Glad I didn't see him when he has just phoned it in. And yeah, you gotta love him already or be in the Tom Waits School of Appreciated Gravel to enjoy his concerts in these last 10, 20, 30 years. No matter how good the bands and arrangements are, when he's mumbling or bleating, it's sad and frustrating. He can still get a lot of mileage and expression out of his ravaged voice, but he sure did ravage it. You can hear it shredding in the last dozen or shows of the Rolling Thunder Revue tour.

    One of the big joys of being a father has been to watch my kids, and my youngest son particularly, develop a love for his stuff, on their own. It's always been around the house, but it's just one among the many types of music I listen to. They gravitated toward it very strongly on their own when they got to be 12 or so. The other day, my youngest was overhearing me listening to the original version of "One Too Many Mornings" and he said, "Wow--that's really--what do you call that?"

    "Great phrasing, son, of the guitar and the voice."
     
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    Careful, though. Paul Simon (or was it Art Garfunkel) might object to your lifting his line from "A Simple Desultory Phillipic".
     
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    :lol: That about sizes me up
     
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    Bob Dylan is my favorite artist. Hands down. And has been since I discovered him in the sixties.
     
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