October 13, 2010
Review by Kirk Jones
I got to Lawrence Joel Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum in time to check out
souvenirs and get seated several minutes before the show started. Instead of
the usual music before the show, a silent film called “Intolerance” was
playing. What I caught of it, between talking to other concert goers was
interesting. I just felt that it was such a Dylan thing to do the film
instead of music. This was my first time seeing him, so I was beyond
excited. I was also excited to see all ages at the show.
I knew immediately that this would be a special show. My only overall
complaint was that the vocals could have been pushed up in the mix a bit.
The band was as tight as any that I’d seen. I kept thinking that on any
given night one band is the best in the world. On October 16, 2010, I had no
doubt that this title belonged to Bob Dylan’s band. I am simply amazed that
Charlie Sexton is not better known. He is a phenomenal guitar player.
Bob was behind the keyboard for much of the show, only playing guitar on the
second and third songs of the show, and coming to the center of the stage
for 3 others. He play harmonica on several songs. A woman sitting somewhere
behind we would squeal with delight every time he played it. He would tap
his foot, and move his hands, not overly animated, but definitely into the
performance. I was impressed that, at 69 years of age, he did not sit once
during the 2 hour show, not even when playing the keyboards. He only spoke
to introduce the band members, toward the end of the performance, but I
definitely did not feel that he was distant from the audience.
The stage was reminiscent of a concert from the ‘60s. There was a curtain
backdrop, upon which pictures or camera shots from the performance would be
projected. There were no colored lights used. The stage was lit in such a
way that the shadows of Dylan and the band were on the backdrop during the
The set list consisted of 8 songs from the ‘60’s, 2 from the ‘70’s and 6
from the last decade. I have no complaints about the set. I love too many of
Bob’s songs to have expected him to play all of my favorites. I was
surprised and pleased that “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll” was
included, and was surprised that only one song from the last release was
played. If I did have to pick a song that I’d hoped that he would play, it
would be “Mississippi”.
This may have been my favorite concert experience ever. For me, listening to
music is a spiritual experience, and especially so when it is live. I hate
that it took so many years for me to go experience Bob Dylan live.
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