Thanks to Dario & Swewa A.I. for the following review: Another beautiful meadow is the spot of this Bobfest at Collegno, near Turin (Italy), on July 9th, Thursday night. The Villafranca concert, just four days ago, took place in the yard within a very charming castle creating an atmosphere that smelt of magic, and the show has been a fable; this is an open park (once you’ve bought an entrance!) on a splendid day with joy brewing in the air, mingled with the noise of the audience - children and old men’s hats together… . The slower-than-the-Blonde-on-blonde I want you is the notable thing of the opening tracks along with the chaotic intro to Cold irons bound, where the guys make a lot of noise until the bass line clearly emerges and the song begins. Silvio, the present highlight of the first part seems to have finally loosened the band but now the acoustic set is starting with all our seasick sailors and Masters of war and long guitar and harp solos in Tangled up in blue, and to finish disputes a Guns’n’roses classical item, Knockin’ on heaven’s door. The gift to this night’s audience is, we think, Blind Willie McTell, played in the same electric arrangement of the version included in the recent CD-single for Lovesick. Then Bucky Buxter picks and this time is not the CD-single but Bob himself that sings “I’m walkin’…” leading the show to the ending couple, where now “Everybody must get stoned” is yelled just twice, and then the blues is on. Yea, he speaks, he says “Mille grazie” (many many thanks) and something like Italy is the most beautiful country in the world: to be plain, a Take That-like thing, and this seems remarkable to us. But oh, he goes, he jogs along the stage to the backstage, and the people seems happy to have gifted the dear old man with a pleasant night. Dressed up in his elegant suit, Dylan is sober but a grimming face discovers a frenetic soul, and a grimace reveals and recalls the ironic mood at times. The good feeling explodes during an oversoloed (but we say: blessed are Bob’s live oversoloed songs!) Tangled up and our singer leaves the stage, believe us, maybe happier than his audience. His fellow musicians are very good. The newer couple, I mean, for Garnier and Buxter are well known and still in form. Kemper is a valid drummer and Campbell a very good guitarist, whose solos never fail to surprise as they always sound new, unexpected. Good-bye Bob, we hope to see you again next year! Dario & Swewa A. I.
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