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Has anybody here ever seen Bob Dylan in concert?
I'm intrigued but it'd be a major effort to make it happen.
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I haven't and never was a huge Dylan fan, but I definitely wouldn't turn down an opportunity to see a legend.
I saw him at Jazz Fest in New Orleans ten or so years back. I'm not a huge fan but he put on a solid show for such a large environment. Good luck.
Saw him at ACL in 07 when I was still in school, definitely something I wish I could see now instead.
If you can make it happen, I'd say do it. It won't be the best concert you've ever been to, but the guy's a legend. I'm a huge Dylan fan by the way.
It wasn't anything spectacular, but I'm not a big fan. At the same time, it wasn't terrible though.
A side note... My stepfather is a very well established songwriter (having written for Santana, Garth Brooks, The Kinks, Willie, Johnny Bush, etc.) and a pretty well establish musician as well.
Anyway, because of this, I've been hanging around backstage at concerts nearly my entire life and this was the case at this particular Bob Dylan show, which happened to be an outdoor show/festival with Willie, Kris Kristofferson, etc. Most of these guys get off their bus and walk straight up to the stage and begin their set.
He gets off his bus, a van then picks him up, drives him probably 100 yards to the stage ramp and lets him out. Then a circle of body guards, around six men, form around him and walk him the other 20-30 feet to the stage before going back to the ramp and waiting.
Same thing happens when he exits the stage too.
I have all kinds of stories about these folks.
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I saw Bob Dylan about a year and a half ago and it was very good in general, but I warn you now, he mumbled through most of his songs and it was hard to understand any of the lyrics unless you know them already by heart. I couldn't pass up the opportunity though
I saw and smelled Willie smoking weed walking off a tour bus to go play at Antone's years ago.
That's kind of my thought.
Pretty much my thoughts on it...I've seen him a couple times (he's my dad's favorite).
This post was edited by HuttoHorn 10 months ago
I'm not saying don't go, but be prepared for poor vocals. He can't sing anymore, not that he was that great with his voice in his prime. Pity, but it's the truth. For example, this is from several years ago. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest modern songwriter-poets, but you might be disappointed by what you hear that night.
Edit: found one from a show from a couple of years ago.
Bob Dylan played at Rod Laver Arena Melbourne on Wednesday 20 April 2011. Here is Bob with Donnie Herron doing the show opener "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking". Tagged on the end is some harmonica on "Forgetful Heart".
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by bierce 10 months ago
He's always been that way
Totally worth it IMO. Especially if you are a fan
If you want the quintessential Dylan, don't go to the concert. Do these things in this order:
1. Cool down a case of beer on the deck
2. If you are so inclined, smoke your favorite smoke.
3. Play the albums "Blood on the Tracks, Desire and Highway 61.
4. Play them via an album and a turntable if possible
5. Route them through your outdoor speakers if you have them.
6. Preferably do this from 8:30 PM to 11 PM.
This will be one of the most enjoyable evenings you can have.
If you can do it, do it... you won't get too many more chances.
I've seen him several times in different settings (RFK stadium with the Dead, amphitheater, small college arena)... and they all had pros and cons. But he's been much more lucid recently, and his performances have sounded better than they have in years. Dylan is the greatest songwriter in history... you should make it happen.
Just out of curiousity... what's the venue for this show?
I'm not a Dylan fan but its one of those shows you just "have to" go to because of his status. I saw Dylan in concert with Tom Petty back in the late 80s. They sang a few tunes together and I honestly couldn't tell who was signing what parts.
I've been a big Dylan fan ever since I saw him play in Austin in 1965. And when he comes to KC, I rarely miss the opportunity to go to his concert.
That said, it will not be the best concert you ever went to, but it will be memorable. Bobby's older like the rest of us, and more than likely he will be doing the keyboard than the guitar. The fingers just do not move as well as they did a generation ago.
But the extraordinary music is still there, though it may be sometimes hard to understand what he is singing.
But I passed on seeing Paul McCartney recently in KC because the tickets seemed extraordinarily high and, like Bobby, Paul is getting up in the years. And I have heard I missed one of the most incredible shows ever. And, bottomline, I passed on seeing a legend on stage. I should never have done that.
I think that is your answer.
The guy sometimes plays golf while on peyote, enough said.
The lineup I saw Bob Dylan in was pretty epic too.
Billy Joe Shaver (best songwriter there ever was)
David Allan Coe (dude needs to retire. give me a break.)
Ray Wylie Hubbard
and a ton more. Was a great time.
A riverfront park. General admission seating only on the grass.
saw him at dell diamond a couple of years ago and it was terrible. if he's your guy and it's on your bucket list, so be it. otherwise, it's not worth it, even for free. can't understand a thing that comes out of his mouth.
even willie on an uninspired night is still pretty damn good.
This post was edited by roger huerta 10 months ago
If it's the show in Nashville, you should definitely go. That's a great spot in downtown, and there are tons of great bars and restaurants nearby. You're also getting WILCO, MMJ, and Bob Weir... sounds like a great night all around!
I got a chance to interview Willie at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 1999. He played Thursday night, we waited outside the bus for a few minutes. The door opened, and the weed wafted out in a huge haze. My photographer and I hopped on the bus, and he continued toking up while doing the interview. I told him he once kissed my then-teenaged mother on the cheek at a show in Fort Worth's Panther Hall in the 1960's. He laughed uncontrollably. Still one of the highlights of my career.
I'd advise against it. Seeing a guy you like like that well past his prime, struggling through his songs, small set, and just being sad in general can be a more depressing sight than worth it for the bucket list and being able to say you "saw them in person" to your grandkids one day.
Yes, several times and enjoyed every moment of each of them. On a side note his tour band is always great.
Agree. I saw Dylan in Fort Worth on his Rolling Thunder Revue tour in '76, and it was awesome. Roger McGuinn, Mick Ronson, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Kinky Friedman, whole bunch of great people playing with him, and Dylan was still in his prime. Saw him in the 90s and he'd gone downhill but had a great side band, and then saw him 10 years ago and wished I hadn't. Every band I saw back in the day that I've seen on those "reunion" tours has left me almost depressed for what once was and is no more. The arc of life, in a way.
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