Heredia, Costa Rica

Palacio de los Deportes

May 5, 2012

[Laurette Maillet]

Review by Laurette Maillet

I check out from the Santiago Hostel at 9.30 p.m. travelling to the Airport 
with a young fellow from Australia. I find myself a bench and try to catch 
few hours of sleep. It's cold!

At 4.00 a.m. on the 5th I walk for the hundreds time through the tunnel
to the airplane. A breakfast and we land in Lima Peru. I inquire for a 
boarding pass they forgot to give me in Santiago.

Time for a lunch and a nap and we land in Costa Rica.

Everything at the airport is easy:
I find an A.T.M. machine (we have to change pesos in each country)
I get a map of Heredia
I catch a cheap bus to Heredia
The Ticos|Ticas are rough but helpful. 
They are used to tourists and speak English.

I recognize Heredia, I passed through it few years ago when I was visiting 
as a tourist. It takes me one hour to find the Hostel for they don´t refer 
to the name or number of the streets to find their direction but to the 
proximity of some well known buildings (to them).

At 4.00 p.m. the rain starts pouring like every evening in Costa Rica. I have 
to wait one hour before being able to get out and buy some fruits, a coffee
and some bread. Then I start walking towards the venue, 10 blocks away.
I am immediately stopped by the scalpers offering a comp. ticket for 80 US 
dollars, not in front row but getting close.

I get inside the venue at 7.45 p.m. show starting at 8.00 p.m.
Two fellows are on stage singing some funny songs. 
I get to the third row center and Bob appears under a thunder of applause.
He feels the good spirit, right away he´s in contact with the audience. The 
sound is great, that will be one of those great shows. Unfortunately the 
V.I.P.s in the front have no respect and they get to their seats while the
show is on, disturbing my concentration. Sooner or later I know I will have 
to leave that good seat. I do after few songs. I spot 4 empty seats right in 
front of the mike; I rush forward, right in front row center.

It breaks my heart to see people coming right in front of Bob's face just to 
take a photo with their F. cell phone. NO ONE, not even the body guard 
will stop them.

I enjoy myself as much as possible in that seat until the stupid V.I.P. claims 
his seat in the middle of the show! I move rapidly to my seat, few rows back
but stand on the aisle to be able to dance.

After the well expected 'Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat', 'Don't Think Twice, 
It's All Right'.

My favorite 'Beyond Here Lies Nothing'. I dance and dance, following 
Georges on his drums.

The inevitable 'Tangled Up In Blue' always welcome by the audience. 

The beautiful 'Summer Days' on which I don't forget to dance. 

The romantic 'Not Dark Yet' but it's getting there.

A surprised 'Jolene' (I heard it before but not on this Tour)

'Ballad Of Hollis Brown' followed always by 'The Lonesome Death Of Hattie 
Carroll', like these two songs are part of the same message.  In between 
'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall' ending under a thunder of applause.

'Summer Days', 'Highway 61 Revisited', ' Thunder On The Mountain', it's 
great and solid Rock tonight. 

Bobby is in shape. I heard he had been a Tourist for two days in Costa Rica.
Bob should have loved it. He looks thin and young though a little bit pale. 
His voice is good.

And now I know the routine
'Ballad Of A Thin Man' ,' Like A Rolling Stone' ,' All Along The Watchtower '
After 'Ballad Of A Thin Man' some young fellows try to move front. The 
security is tough. They ask us to retrieve to our seats. I play 'cat and 
mouse' with a fat ugly Lady. I don't want to be good tonight, I fight back
and it pays. The lights are off, I rush to the front row, I'm right in front of 
the mike for the encore.  And oh surprise! it's 'Rainy Day Women #12 & 35' 
and  Bob doesn't leave the stage.
Donny picks up his violin for 'Blowin' In The Wind'. That will be 18 songs,
 the longest show so far.
I'm surrounded by young fellows, some pretty girls on my left and right. 
Bob Loves that young public. Bob will make his final bow with a special 
regard towards the balcony on his left. The young fans had crowded there 
with cheap tickets, all standing up and screaming his name. He heard. 
He Loves the 'Children of Paradise'. He's right. They were the best.

Tonight Bobby was ´awake´ like in Brasilia. HAPPY!  Yes, tonight I will say 
that HE was Happy to be with us, even smiling with Donny.

How come all the shows can´t be like this one!

For me it was a ´Shot of love´.


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