May 11, 2012
Review by Oscar Montes
A really special day, today May 11th is my Bob show number 27th and also my
birthday! What a gift is to have Dylan in my country and front row center! Is there
something better than this?
At about 1:00 PM I went to the Mexico International Airport to pick up Sue Osborne
and her non-Dylan fan friend Amanda Gardham (both from Ottawa, Canada). Thank
you girls, all my birthday presents were fabulous! Sue obviously coming to the two
Mexico City shows!
The Pepsi Center WTC is a brand new venue, Bob Dylan is the second act ever!
Federica and Laurette as usual there! Excellent to see my Mexican huge Dylan fans
and followers Alberto Ortega Gurza y Edgar Perez! Last shows we had enjoyed
together had been four years ago in Zacatecas.
Leopard-Skin, the current beginning of this tour was really solid and the audience
responded so well welcoming Bob to the largest city of the world. To Ramona with
Dylan playing guitar was next, a nice performance. Things have changed with its
country flavor make everybody happy. TUIB made all people be on fire, sublime piece!
A rather weak Rollin' and tumblin' was the following number, not the best version we
have listened to but worth to mention because Bob was really smiling at Donnie .
Desolation row was beautiful, the Mexican audience delighted to have this classic!
The Cry a while, which is always a pleasure to receive it every night. Spirit in the water
with Bob playing a little bit of harp was the following song.
A marvelous Summer days made everybody dance on their seats and then a great
song from TOOM, Love sick was really nice. Highway 61, the best version delivered by
Bob in Mexico so far, an explosion! Then the highlight of the night for my taste was
Simple twist, I have to admit that some tears fell from my eyes, what a moving
performance by Bob! Dylan played guitar so good in this one!
Thunder on the mountain, so strong once again especially at the end. Another
highlight was Thin Man, hey Bobby what a way to play the harmonica and to entertain
us! Incredible! Everybody was standing at the end of this song thanking Dylan. And all
the people stood this during the following tune, Rolling stone which was and
The best Watchtower so far was the following song, really solid and strong! Just after
finishing this tune the miracle came: Bob said "Thank you friends" and immediately
"Gracias amigos" Wow! First time I hear Dylan saying something in Spanish! Thank you
so much Bob!
Bob and his left the stage and return for an encore which was Blowin' in the wind,
really loved by the audience! Awesome show, unforgettable one for sure! See you
tomorrow guys in the last show of the season!
Review by Alberto Ortega Gurza
On March 14th I found an ad on a local newspaper announcing the most expected
news that thousands of Mexican Bobfans could possibly receive: five years away from
his last visit, His Royal Bobness would be performing in the country again.
I quickly turned to the two most reliable worldwide sources on the upcoming tour
dates: Boblinks.com and Bobdylan.com. But no, neither of them had the Mexican
So I sent an email to Karl Erik Andersen, webmaster of Expectingrain.com:
“This morning there is an ad in the Mexico City major newspaper REFORMA
announcing an upcoming Bob Dylan Show at the Mexico City Pepsi Center WTC on
He then asked me to look for a link backing up the info, which I sent, and so, faster
than the fall of a drop, he went on to post the info in his popular site. So this
breaking of the news caused a boom in the social networks. The next day, on its
version online, a major newspaper posted the article: “BOB DYLAN WILL BE IN
MEXICO AND CAUSES A STIR IN TWITTER”.
As for me, I wrote a six page article for CARAS -a prestigious national magazine
under the title “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: BOB DYLAN”, which was published in
the May edition.
Yesterday I arrived early to the venue with my wife and little girl. Soon my friends
and huge Dylan followers Oscar Montes and Edgar “Dylan” Perez arrived; it was great
to spend time together with them there.
A couple of hours later my dad made his usual entrance looking so dandy and so
fine, in his sharp cowboy attire. Nothing less could be said about my mother.
We were right behind Jimmy’s audio console.
“You can come and sit by the side of me,” said Jimmy friendlily to my daughter
Teresita del Mar, as he handed her a cold bottled sports drink. All along the show
she kept willing to accept the offer in order to live an experience she would never
forget, but felt too shy, and stayed with her fired up daddy, who spent the full two
hours and forty eight minutes of the concert dancing jumping and singing his lungs
As usual, the music was like new black polished chrome and came over the audience
like liquid night.
In my opinion, the definitive highlights of the night were an staggering rendition of
Cry a While, where the band performed an out-of-this-world tempo and rhythm
changes, masterfully enhanced by Bob’s harp arrangements; a very powerful version
of Ballad Of a Thin Man, and an intense and solid All Along the Watchtower.
Seeing an upbeat and smiley Bob, who kept constantly taking his hand to his heart
as if to say: “I’m overwhelmed to be here, sharing with you what I enjoy the most
in life”, was a treat that’s very hard to top.
Alberto Ortega Gurza
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