Bob Dylan - Bob Links - Review - 06/10/98


June 10, 1998

Göteborg, Sweden

Thanks to Carsten Wohlfeld for the following review:

The venue was much nicer than last night, still huge, but it shaped like a
seashell, which was kinda funny. It had carpet on the floor and nicer
chairs as well. Nearly a sellout with around 8.000 people attending. Billie
Myers opened with the same 7-song set, that included her hit "Kiss The
Rain" and tonight - for the first time - the intro: "Ladies and gentlemen,
would you please welcome...Universal recording artist...Billie Myers",
which I thought to be hilarious. Dylan came out at around 8.30, wearing his
dreadful white shoes.

 To Be Alone With You

Horrid version that got nobody out of their chairs. Bob and the guys were
still on auto-pilot, which didn't change for:

 Man In The Long Black Coat

Which wasn't very special at all unfortunately. Bucky broke a string on the
pedal steel and got it replaced in time for his solo. Hmm...

 Cold Irons Bound

The nice "Cold Irons....B-O-U-N-D" phrasing is back! Nice rendition though
it's time to bring back "Can't Wait", Bob!

 Born In Time

Was a great choice, a bit rushed though and with a major fuckup by the
band. Seemed as if they couldn't decide whether to play the bridge, the
chorus or the verse. Two of them anyways....


...was "Silvio". (Josh said that. He also said: I thought it was quite good
tonight". Of course he was right.)

 The Times They Are A-Changin' (acoustic)

went by unnoticed, even though some of the casual fans undoubtedly came
close to tears of joy.

 It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (acoustic)

with a nice harp solo that finished off a solid performance.

 Masters Of War (acoustic)

Not as good as Berlin, but still one of the night's highlights.

 Tangled Up In Blue (acoustic)

Tonight he got the lyrics right and finished off with a rather unconvincing
harp solo. I guess it is the thought that counts.

 She Belongs To Me

Says Josh: "A lovely surprise and placed well within the show. A real
toetapper. A hot that unified the fans of all ages." Bad intros followed.
Tony on "uright bass and bass guitar." :-)

 Til I Fell In Love With You

Tony expected "Highway" and was pretty surprised when Bob chose this one.
Solid performance.

 Make You Feel My Love

Tony got even more puzzled cause Bob still didn't show any signs of
stopping. The usual gentle arrangement helped us forget that this is a
horrid song.

 Highway 61 Revisited

was "Highway", making this a 13 song mainset!

 It Ain't Me Babe (acoustic)

Yet another okay performance that featured the long, slow solo (cf. Miami
3/30/98) but no harp. Crowd loved it.

 Love Sick

Same as it was last night. New phrasing, still one of the best songs in the

 Rainy Day Women Nos. 12 & 35

Followed as expected. At the end, Bob picked up a leather belt somebody had
thrown onto the stage, showed it to the people and played around with it
for a while. Doesn't always have to be flowers I guess.

No "Blowin'" tonight, but still a much better show that Stockholm and 16
songs. Josh, Sigrid and I couldn't find a hotel room in Göteborg, whih
meant that we basically spent the night in the train station: "Should've
left this town this morning...":-) Thanks for reading. A more detailed
review of Copenhagen is to follow tomorrow. Good night.

carsten wohlfeld
"your girlfriend can leave you but the rolling stones are there forever"
(alan mcgee)

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