Bob Dylan - Bob Links - Review - 06/25/98


June 25, 1998

Manchester, England

Thanks to David Reid for the following review:

Van was on form tonight.  There were some moments when he and the band 
were frightening.  They played Just Like a Woman and did it very well.
But when Bob and the band started up the music was from a different 
planet.  Gotta Serve Somebody again with its harsh metallica sound and so 
very loud.  I Want You, nothing special about this performance just good. 
 Cold Irons Bound had Bob's voice so deep in the mix it took some 
concentration to hear what he was singing.  Very loud again, dark and 
frightening, clouds of blood and hillsides of mud.....then gently into To 
Make You Feel My Love with Bob on guitar and making Humphry Bogart like 
faces here and there -nicely done.    Silvio, well, still it sounds so 
very alive - the guitars thrashing and wailing.  A tremendous close to 
the electric set.
The acoustic set began with the the Mexican cantena sound of Ramona, then 
a Master's and Baby Blue.  Good solid performances. Mama You've Just Been 
On My Mind performed as I heard at Sheffield.  Great fun, a traditional 
jiggle of a pop song.  I heard more Buckey steel on this tonight than on 
Tuesday.  Tangled Up In Blue,  again no change in a long time apart from 
a few  new words.  Nevertheless, what a fantastic performance of this 
song tonight.  Full of energy and Bob's guitar playing was perfect in its 
bobbyness, and he knew  it too,  because he was looking very pleased with 
himself.  There were two solos and during the first the crowd went wild, 
jumping and shouting all through it. 
 New lines were in verse two something about ....working  night and 
day....and....  time was passing away.   Forever Young was as tender as 
The last part of the show as far as the setlist goes is getting boring.   
H61 followed by Love Sick, then Bob's 'I am going to enjoy myself' jam/ 
song and  then close with Blowin In the Wind.
During the encores a woman was thrust up onto the stage and kissed and 
hugged Bob.  He appeared to like this very much as after she had returned 
to the audience he lingered near where she went back in obviuosly hoping 
for more.  After a while he enquired if it was her husband who was with 
her - is that your husband?  At the end of the show he bent to speak to 
her again and then swanked off.

Black coat embroided with leaves.  Same trousers as Sheffield.  Black 
boots. White shirt.  Bow tie, grey  and white?
If the setlist was somewhat conservative tonight the whole performance 
was very entertaining and presented Bob and the band on great form.  
Every one I spoke to form 20 to 50 and Bob-mad to first- timers were all 
well impressed.
I did not get to hear Tears of Rage or Not Dark Yet  as I would of liked 
but it was a happy night all the same.


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