Review provided by Ann A. What I have to say about the Colorado Springs show I'll keep brief. Firstly, this show that Dylan's touring now is NOT by any means a stadium rocker' show, but rather, with the exception of a few electric songs, a finely crafted, acoustic-based collection of dazzling numbers that should be heard in full and clear detail, in a small and as acoustically perfect a venue as possible. Obviously, this is not the case for any of the upcoming shows, or indeed, even the next smallest venue in the tour to the Denver Fillmore, which was this next night in Colorado Springs. After the so-called warm-up show, it was not easy to sit through the next night's show with such horrible accoustics. The whole ceiling was metal, giving the sound a incredibly tinny and absolutely annoying resonance, which damn-near ruined it for me. Well, maybe it did. Everything sounded like it was coming from inside a big culvert, especially the vocals, which were so warbled and muddy sounding, it was almost impossible to distinquish one word from the next, and I know all the lyrics! Then the worst aspect of this acoustic nightmare was the way the sound bounced off the back wall, creating an echo. It's bad enough to hear the din but to hear it bonce back is just a crime. Well, there surely outta' be some kinda' law against it. 'Course, it was Simon who opened up the show with his big-band set, 12 musicians counting him,to be exact, and at least 2500 musical instruments. Okay. I'm exagerating, but it was too many, for my simple tastes. Pardon the bias. I can't navigate around it. But did he play ANY new songs? I'm not a big fan of his current and even not-so current stuff, but there was only one song I didn't recognize. I mean, all the Graceland and Rhythm of the Saints hits. Yawn till dawn. Rhythm of Saints when they're sleeping, you ask me. There's some rhythm to snoring, I've heard tell. Okay, they blew the whole deal, I'd say. Shoulda' saved the duets to be the super-grande finale, but instead, Bob walks out after this very dull and hugely noisy Simon show and they try to find the same momentous atmosphere from the night before with the same duets, and it just didn't happen. Anyway, the rest of the stage was darkened, but it was possible to see that Tony had come out to play upright bass and one of Simon's band members was there on cello. Then Larry on fiddle for the rocka'hillbilly medley. Yeah -yeah but something was lost in the shuffle. Wrong place mixed with the wrong time and you get too much o' nuthin'. And I'll say this much more. Oddly enough, though I think TUIB didn't work so well at the Fillmore, it was great in the Colorado Springs tin can arena. Go figure. Another point or two and I'll sign off. ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER was excellent and especially for the moments when Larry got to shine on it. He's such an immensely talented guitarist and it's a never-ending puzzle to me that Dylan doesn't let him play lead more often. Just as he got off some brilliant licks in this great song that opens itself wide up to endless jamming potential, he gave the nod to Tony to close it down. Dang. I swear, for a brief moment, I could even see the disappointment flash across Larry's face. So what about Charlie now? In my opinion, there's plenty of very skilled studio musicians that are capable of doing the job of playing rhythm guitar. If he's not going to be used to his full potential, Charlie Sexton should follow his own star, since it's shining so brightly already. There's plenty enough wasted talent up on that stage as is, but I predict he won't last. He's too young, too talented and too restless to take the backseat, when he's already been at the wheel of his own damn car since near-birth. Then again, he's ridin' 'round the world in Dylan's cherry-red El Dorado. Can't beat that, I reckon'. Yeah, maybe he'll just kick back and enjoy the ride for a while. Guess that's a whole other fruit pie. AnnA 'Shake me up that old peach tree Little Jack Horner's got nuthin' on me'
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