June 28, 2019
Review by Christian Uttenthal
Quite mixed feelings about the concert. So much positive and a few
complaints that unfortunately took so much away from the overall
On the positive note, there where refreshing returns of songs, almost all
with new arrangements. Many with subtle lyric changes here and there, over
to eq. “Gotta Serve Somebody” with all new verses. Great that Bob
still find the enthusiasm for changing things up.
Melody arrangements have had an overhaul too. Again hats off to Bob for
daring changing “Like a rolling stone” and many others but still
keeping them great and refreshed.
Bob was leading several song on his piano, like the into to “It ain’t
me babe” and a beautiful short and sweet “Girl from the north
country”. “Can’t wait” was really good and “To make you feel my
love” was done well too.
However there was some sound problems. In my opinion, they prevented *all*
the song from shining as much as they should have had.
Charlie’s guitar sound didn’t come through. The sound from his guitars
was barely audible only here and there could his sound be recognised. He
was, for the first third of the concert, walking towards the wings to
figure out the problem together with a sound engineer. But little did it
help. A combination of Bobs phrasing and the audio/sound mixing made his
vocal unnecessary blurry. A real pity since it made all the effort with
changed lyrics so hard to hear, even for a trained “Bob listening”
This combined with the overall sound level at the venue was not loud
enough. The low volume didn’t serve the experience well at all. The lack
of volume prevented otherwise groove songs to shine, like “Highway 61”
and “Honest with me” were shadows of themselves and “Pay in
blood” could have been so much more too. However the arrangement
musically for many songs were really great. He introduced a couple of
funky pauses one time that gave extra punch when the song kicked back in.
Really cool. A sudden drum solo from George surprised me as well – where
did that come from?
Bob played some beautiful mouth harp, especially on “Simple twist of
“Thunder of the mountain” and “It takes a train..” became
Review by Laurette Maillet
Gotheberg 28th of June.I arrived on the 27th with Flix. Nice trip through
the beautifull green forests.I find my CS host, Erik, waiting for me at
his home.We have a lite dinner of bread and butter and a green tea. Erik
is "green" at heart.We go to bed early. Me on an air mattress.28th.Next
morning. It's a new morning. I do have some dreams but...dreams dont
always come true.The day is warm and sunny so I dress adequately. I bought
a 3 days bus/tram pass just to be sure I can travel in comfort. The Tram
number 5 takes me straight to the Scandinavium. At 10am only the roadies
are working. Setting up the stage.So I move on to the city center. I find
again ( I've been in Gotheberg before) the botanic garden. The roses are
in bloom and smell good.I tram back home to get ready for the afternoon.By
4 pm the "Beat the street" buses pull inside the parking lot.My feet are
tired and my brain is wired so I rest on a bench near the Scandinavium. I
have a nice conversation with one of the followe
rs. 6.30pm....anxiety time!But I feel confident. The arena is huge. 6000
probably.Erik is willing to join me for the show so it is my duty to find
him a ticket, as free as possible.I rapidly get a ticket then 15 minute
before show time (here 7.30) I young man who was trying to sell an extra
ticket, hands it to me. I check and to my surprise it is a 6th row floor.
Whoa.Erik arrives and we both walk inside.I move to the front, to have a
look at the stage and by the time the music starts (Stravinsky) I am
first row and as the seats on my right are empty I move right in front
the piano.I can't believe that about 15 seats front row and about 20
seats second row are....empty!I know I won't see much of Bob behind the
grand piano but trully I dont mind. No one in front of me and no one
behind.Bob is in black( with embroidery on the jacket and pants) with
black hat. The Boys in white. I have a clear view of Charlie now wearing
glasses.( except on ERK).Bob totally disappears when he sits an d the
tall guy next to me starts complaining and standing. Security rapidly
asks him to sit.Of course I enjoy myself with every single song and I get
hysteric when Bob moves center stage for "Can't wait". Right in front of
me. But I know how to feel and realize he doesn't focus on any one
specificaly. Can he see or not? His eyes are looking towards...the
emptiness.When he stands at the piano he should be able to see me as the
spot light behind him is right on me. I move my body accordingly to
George tempo. I feel part of the Band, following the lyrics on Bobby's
lips. We should do a duet:)Absolutaly no mistakes tonight.Clear, loud,
professional.Bob doesn't smile. He grins. Maybe one time he came to
Charlie or Tony but no fuss.Regular tempo on ERK. I like it this way. The
same lyrics change on STOF. He's got a new date. Cool. Happy to know
that, but she's not me:)The hat disappears after "Pay in blood". "Girl"
is breath taking. Not a sound from the public.I enjoy MYFML. Even sing
alo ng.I dance and sing when on my right there is a commotion ; the '
Last of the Samourai' appears with a security guy and with authority but
no violence they mention a Fan , front row, to move out. He never came
back. He was right in front of the sign "no phone". Beware of the 'Ninja
warrior'.The guy on my left keeps on standing up...stupid! Stop buying
those front row tickets if you want to see Bob smiling!The encore comes
too early. The "Ninja warrior" keeps an eye on the front row. No rail.
Not even standing on BITW. I just managed to move a bit front when Bob,
hat in hand, makes his final bow. No eye contact. No kiss.Well! He looks
tired. A lot more than the spring Tour. And by now emaciated more than
skinny.I feel like crying !Take care my dear ! See you tomorrow. Another
day. Another dream.
Comment by Lena Geiser
...and he reflected it from the mountain so all souls could hear it...
From the deepest of ”a-swedish-soul” - now I can live or die happily
ever after... Thank you Beautiful man!
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