Thanks to Steve Walls for the following review: Tonight, Bob surprised me!!! I have been attending shows since the late 70's and for the first time, Bob played a total of 11 songs in a timespan of one hour. I have to believe that the weather conditions played a big part in the length of tonight's show. With the threat of rain, the temperature in the low 50's and the wind exceeding 30 mph at times, who could blame Bob for only playing a hour? Bob Dylan was the opener for tonight's show with Joni Mitchell and Van Morrison closing out the show. Bob was scheduled to start playing at 6:00pm. But that time came and went. One of the reasons for the delay was that the overhead lighting fixtures needed to be secured. The fixtures were swaying because of the wind. At about 6:05pm, I wandered over to right side of the stage. At that moment, I saw Bob and his Band proceed to make their way to the stage. I don't know why, but I yelled out "Bob, Are we going to hear Maggies Farm tonight?". Bob proceeded to briefly look at me like I was an crazed person! Well, at 6:06pm, Bob took the stage and opened the set with "Maggies Farm." I know that I didn't influence his choice of selection in the slightest, but I thought it was humorous. After completing the song, Bob stated his famous words, "Thanks Everybody". Bob then said, "Here's one of my good songs now". The band proceeded to play "Lay Lady Lay." The remaining songs in the set were Cold Iron Bounds, Just Like A Woman, Silvio, Roving Gambler (At least I hope that is the name of the song! I'm guessing the name of the song from the lyrics), Tangled Up in Blue, This Wheel is on Fire, Highway 61 Revisited, It Ain't Me Babe, and Rainy Day Women. At the end of This Wheel Is On Fire, Bob again stated "Thanks Everybody". Bob then stated "Joni is coming on next, then Van "The Man" Morrison." Bob then proceeded to introduce the band. >From the first song until the last one, most of the crowd was dancing. Bob really seemed to feed off of this energy. Bob was in rare form with his classic poses, facial expressions and his small dance steps. Bob continued to ham it up for the crowd during the entire performance. I've had the pleasure in attending the May 14th show at the GM Place in Vancouver, and the May 16th show at the Gorge. In my opinion, the one hour performance on the 17th, was his best show out of the three. I only wish that I could see the other four shows that will be occurring on the West Coast. ***************************************************************************** Thanks to Jack Brockie for the following review: I arrived a little early with my friends who all had general admission, which did not matter to them, they had a blast! I said farewell until we meet again in the campground, then I was off to my GOLD CIRCLE Seat. I was greeted by a man and his wife, I sat by the lady, we talked, it seemed as though I barely sat down when a The Man took the stage...he walked out...with his band...the crowd errupted...and Al Santos pulled the microphone to his mouth and the words which haunt me emitted from his mouth: "GOOD EVENING LADIES AND GENTLEMEN...WOULD YOU PLEASE WELCOME COLUMBIA RECORDING ARTIST... BOB DYLAN?!" I jumped up, someone shouted "down in front", but I ignored them totally...BOB strapped on his guitar and blasted a beautiful version of "MAGGIE'S FARM" to open the show...I went wild...same song opener as the December shows...after dancing to this masterpiece...he paused for a minute and said, "here's one of my good songs now", and he begin to play "LAY LADY LAY", which of course I unknowingly began to sing out loud...then quickly began to lip sinc to accommodate the people around me...after the beautiful song...then my favorite live song: "COLD IRONS BOUND"..."I'm beginning to hear voices!!" I was amazed...on "The Wind's In Chicago"...I raised my hands in happiness...he saw me singing with him...then the chords to "JUST LIKE A WOMAN" started to play...and guess what?! NEW LYRICS!!!!!!!!!!! For part of the verses he played new lyrics...I know he could see me in the crowd singing with him...as I am tall...after that he said his "Thank you very much" and his beloved "Thanks Everybody!" Then BOOM BOOM, "SILVIO" blasted on stage...he danced around...I sang and danced around as well...almost bumping into the person on the right side of me...I never took my eyes off BOB and His BAND during the whole show...just once for some late arriving moron to find their seat...then after a Rocking "SILVIO"...he strapped on the acoustic guitar...and another of my favorites..."ROVING GAMBLER"! A little opening instrumental...then "I am a Roving Gambler...I've gambled all around..." Everytime he sang the chorus I raised my hand up...he and Tony still watched and laughed in happiness...Bob danced...then...to fool the audience...he changed the beginning strings a little...but it didn't fool me...I turned to the guy next to me and said..."TANGLED UP IN BLUE"...then Bob..."early one mornin'..." I cheered...on this masterpiece he danced the evening away...strutting...and strumming...he shouted...then...a brilliant "THIS WHEEL'S ON FIRE"...I watched in amazement...then "If your memory serves you well..." I was sooooooooo happy he sang this one...it ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!! "Notify your next of kin...this wheel shall explode!" Then...a short pause of him looking around...then..."A little later The Great Joni Mitchell's gonna come out...and Van 'The Man' Morrison..."then... "HIGHWAY 61!" This was a thunderstorm of guitar work...it was amazing...then he left as the crowd cheered...clapped...and stomped their feet...when he walked back out...he was smiling...and he bowed...then he picked up the acoustic guitar..."go 'way from my window..." this version ROCKED!!!!!!!! I sang along with him on "No, NO, NO! It Ain't Me Babe!" Then...he strapped his electric guitar on...and DO DO DO DO DO DO DOOO DOOO DOO DO DO..."They'll stone ya when you're tryin' to be so good"....this was a ravishing one...dancing...it was amazing! No "LOVE SICK" tonight...but it was alright...the wind's in Washington were picking up...and he wanted to get the hell outta there...the structure of the stage was blowing...he was very cold as well when he was playing...the wind was blowing through his hair...and the last thing we want our boy to do is get sick...this show was one of the greatest!!!!!!!! All I keep thinking in my head now is...I HAVE TO SEE HIM AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JONI MITCHELL was great as well...but a little lonely...her songs were in the same key...and they were depressing...but to see the great JONI MITCHELL was fine with me...my friends were a little disappointed with her...as she played the longest...but I liked her fine. A rather long break...then "GOOD EVENING GORGE!!!!!!!! PLEASE WELCOME THE GREAT VAN MORRISON!" As his man announced him...I have live VIDEOS of V...but to see him live right in front of me was amazing! He rocks...he was dressed in all black...and he did not put his shades on until nightfall...then he really looked superb..."She's as sweeeeeeeeeeet as Tupelo Honey!" He rocked as well. After Van's show, I went to the Campground, the night was filled with the tape players playing Johnny Cash songs and Bob Dylan songs. The rest of the West Coast Tour should bring more happiness. Now, Bob has to make this a yearly trip, or at least Mexico. Thanks Bob! Cheers!
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