Review provided by James Coffey. hello everyone. this is my first post on any of bobs shows, and id like to thank all of you who have posted there feelings on past bob performances, ive enjoyed them very much. i havent seen a whole lot of shows over the years compared to some ,but ive seen some good ones, i think last night was a good one.. i didnt go to the open act, i went up to check things out at 7 pm and the crowd was making its way toward the rec center. i went back home and went for my evening walk back up to the campus and on my way back i stopped at the corner by the 101, and just then bobs bus pulled off the exit ramp and headed past me up grand ave. toward the campus. it was about 8 pm and i figured ok showtime is probably about 9 or 9:15. i arrived at the venue at about 9 and waited outside for about 15 minutes then the houselights dimmed and a quick security search and ticket take and i stood in the back of the hall. the rec center is a basketball gym, bleachers on the sides standing on the floor, sefinitely not intamate but itll do. bob came out dressed in a white shirt, black coat and tie and black pants with white piping up the sides. He opened with "i am the man thomas" and he was on from the first note, the band was tight and this was a very heartfelt and passionate delivery of the song, very inspirational and what a way to open the show, the show could have ended right then and that would have been enough, some people could spend a a career touring and never bring a song home like that. then it was into 'song for woody" and 40 years melted away, sung with a lot of feeling.and after two openers like that, i couldnt ask for much more, i almost wanted to turn around and walk out into the night, leave it at that, let it go, but i talked myself out of it and i stayed, if anyone could top bob, it would be bob, i didnt know what incarnation might take fold in the next few minutes. "its allright ma" was next and his stretching and phrasing was at its best. on "tangled" he didnt miss a verse and the words were very clear, he started to move around a bit and he and larry had some good back and forth guitar work, larry led this one off in a high octave and they took it from there , they were having fun here, and so was i. next came 'this world cant stand long' and bob sang this one in the vain of the song itself somberlike and straightforward.. "dignity" started the electric set and it was uptempo guitar work from start to finish. quick thank yous between songs. then onto"country pie" and this was a fast charlie daniels like country rock, grab your partner lets dance version, just plain fun. and a big cheer from the appreciative crowd, and bob made his only comment of the night after when he said"we got a lot of hungry people out there" with a thank you and a smile. of the next four songs not dark yet was the standout hwy 61 was i guess typical for hwy 61, very loud, i put the ear plugs in hear. on to the encores and we were ready for more,at least i know i was.by the way i felt nothing but positve feedback from this group tonight, everyone was enjoying themselves very much and the band was too. im going to continue to move a little quickly here as i change gears love sick and lars were well done he slowed down lars a bit, gave it a little more of a regretfull tone. It aint me babe was special ,back to acoustic and it had a mystical feel to it , he unraveled it like a snake charmer, with beauty, grace, warmth and mystery, this time he sang it as the lover who almost mourned that it woulnt be him, his voice dropped to what almost seemed like a whisper, its moments like that when you lose site of the artist and the stage, you just hear this picture being painted and you get lost in the music.and the love just comes through. then its time to strap the electric guitars back on and bring out the spirit of buddy holly, and its a dance party in 1959, big smiles on the band during this one, you cant help but feel good with this song, and i wish i cpuld have seen him play it last winter on some of those cold nights in the midwest and back east, that connection with bob and buddy holly is undeniablely strong. then its time to close it out with the acoustics and a beautiful rendition of timeless song, niice harmonys ,nice tempo, the song almost sings itself ,its his and its ours, and im going to add that a lot of people might have called it quits right there, to write a song like that when your twenty or twenty one years old, but of course bob dylan is not a lot people. and that was it, a very enjoyable night indeed. and as i made my way out of the gym and up the stairs to the walkway back toward the sreet, of to left i saw bobs bus again heading off through the campus and into the night toward bakersfield, i couldnt help but smile , keep movin, keep at it, its been quite a few years since my first show it was in the 70's when i first saw bob,and hopefiully thell be quite a few more, yeah keep at it bob, on through the hills of mystery and into the foggy web of destiny. . well everyone thats it for now, see you down the road, god bless. james.
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