Dallas, Texas

House Of Blues
Main Hall

February 21, 2008

[Steinar Daler], [Mitch M.]

Review by Steinar Daler

Bob was ON from the very start in this very nice venue. Pill-box was fine
and It ain't me babe too. Watching the river flow was very good - great
singing and the band really swings. A bit sad that Bob put down the guitar
after the 3 first songs, but anyway his guitarplaying or pianoplaying do
not add much to the music. His voice was fine all through the concert and
Danny was the guitar maestro tonight. I have seldom seen him so much to
the front. Girl of the north country  with Bob on harmonica and Rollin'
and Thumblin' were solid too and Workingman's blues one of the highlights
tonight. Beautiful singing and great phraing. High water was as normal
with maybe Donny's banjo not load enough in the mix. Spirit on the water
was another highlight, extraordinary singing by Bob in my ears. Can't wait
was next up and had a new arrangement. The melody sounded allmost like
High water and was not too sucsessful. Highway 61 was as we heard it
before and solid as usual, Positively 4th street as well. Honest with me
was also as usual - boring. Nettie Moore was of course fine, but not as
beautiful as before. The change of mood between the verses and the choire
was missing - defenitely not an improvement. Summer days was uninspired
and I feared the Bob had finished his energy for tonight, but he finished
of the main set with a really fine Ballad of a thin man. Best version I
have heard in years. His phrasing and singing was perfect. Ancors without
LARS and Watchtower were also great. Both Thunder on the mountain and
Blowing in the wind were good to hear. Overall a good solid concert. What
I will remember best was Wokingman's blues and Thin man - really great and
for sure I will remember Danny's guitarplaying. Never heard it better. Bob
looked in good shape and for the one who wonders, he is still wearing the
same white hat, but there is no longer a flashy ring on his hand. I'm
looking foreward to the next two concerts and hopefully a lot of different

Steinar Daler    


Review by Mitch M.

After the flight from San Francisco today and then attending the first
show at the House of Blues tonight, I'm not going to write alot, but I
will confirm that Dylan and the Cowboy Band are in great shape.  From the
opening notes of LSPH, the band was crackling hot.  They were in
mid-season form the whole show; no slow start for this tour.  I was most
struck by Dylan's total involvement with every line of the lyrics.  He was
continually drawing out different syllables and varying the volume of his
singing, living each line that he sang.  Special highlights for me were
"Ballad of a Thin Man," "Can't Wait," and "Thunder on the Mountain." 
There seemed to be more layers of sound on some of the songs than during
the shows I saw the last year or two.  Dylan and the band were playing as
if they had something to prove. They seemed to be  out to conquer the
place, and they did.  The band and the format are the same as the last
couple of years, with Dylan playing guitar on the first four songs.  The
playing was so intense that Bob didn't bother to introduce the band.  It
would have seemed like an interruptin if he had.

I am very primed for the next two nights.

Mitch M.


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