Sydney, Australia

Sydney Entertainment Centre

August 16, 2007

[Lindsay Ditcham], [Nick Miller], [Eamonn Young]

Review by Lindsay Ditcham

The problems I had about Wednesday night's show regarding some early poor
vocal audio can't be pointed at Thursday's show. It was great audio on all
that Bob sang and I enjoyed it more for that reason. Surrounded by quieter
members of the crowd tonight and sitting on the left side of the stage. A
better perspective on the stage but the atmosphere directly in front, but
the same distance back as tonight, gives a different atmosphere.

As with last night the show opened with 3-4 songs with Bob on guitar and
after that on keyboard for the remainder. He's then facing the left hand
side of the crowd, where I am sitting, but I feel for those on the
opposite side who are looking at his back. A few calls to "turn around
Bob" are ignored. Hey, you can't please all of the people all of the time.
I was sitting close enough to see some facial expressions from Bob and the
band and their interaction through the show. That was a plus.  Bob's
gyrations at the keyboard are good to see and he sometimes looks like he's
about to mount that thing. He's clearly enjoying performing and that means
he's not going to stop anytime soon.

Some great opening songs, Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat, Don't Think Twice and
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight. All oldies and tremendous to hear the different
mix from last night. There were probably 5 on Thursday's show that he'd
played the night before, but that's fine. Again he asks  "Am I too old or
over the hill........." He likes the response I'm sure he gets every time
he sings that just as much as the audience likes answering him.

He finished with Watchtower again. One of the greatest songs in the known
universe, but a finale with a different favourite would have been welcome,
at least for those who went to both shows!! Hey but you can't please all
the people all........ok.

This has been a temendous two nights. going to both shows was more than
worth it. I'll do it again if he plays two in a row in Sydney next time,
whenever that might be. Soon I hope.

Bloody fantastic.
Lindsay Ditcham


Review by Nick Miller

Second night in Sydney and another full house full of expectation - we
weren't disappointed. A totally different feel to the first night - volume
down and acoustic content up.

Bob stared with a rollicking Leopard Skin followed by a personal favourite
in Don't Think Twice - executed superbly. We are off to a great start and
things only get better with the highlight being a superb rendition of
Visions of Johanna. We also get a great Stuck inside of Mobile and a
mostly different set of Modern Times songs.  During Spirit on the Water my
8 year old daughter whispers "he's got the words wrong" - if only she knew
how much time I'd spent discussing such things over the years!  

The first half or so of the concert is totally different songs to the
first night and the second half retuns to familiar territory. Throughout
Bob is in great voice, again having fun. Sitting on the flat we see the
Oscar, smell the insence and share the joy of Bob's presence with those
around us.

After the lights come up we  stay awhile to watch the roadies start to
pack up then from the carpark see the enormity of the job with many people
and trucks moving the show to Melbourne. It's a huge effort from Bob and
his Band - but much appreciated and so just a big thank you to all
involved. Don't miss these Australian shows - in two nights in Sydney we
have heard much of Modern Times as well as great songs from the 60s - it
has been just fabulous.  


Comments by Eamonn Young

Bob Dylan brought to life the spirit of Johnson and all the others again
tonight. The man has went beneath the beginnings of American music and
become great. Elvis was king,. Bob Dylan is the great. Tonight he
transcended to the meaning of existence and touched the souls of the lucky
few who were there to absorb this wondrous event. It was a great concert.
What is also amazing is that the Oscar that the Sydney Jumpers gave to
Dylan at Cairns the day after he received the award in absentia is still
on stage.


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