Review provided Stuart Levitan How can you not love a show with tour bust-outs of Shooting Star and John Brown (each delivered beautifully to boot). Add the coffee and donuts provided for the folks waiting in line (which the club insists were ordered and paid for by Bob), and itís another fine night on the Blow Your Mind Tour í97. If the soundsystem had been a bit more balanced, and didnít have those godawful squeals on some of the vocals (especially prevalent early in the set), it would have been even better. Bobís voice strong and precise all night; particularly lovely on If Not For You, poignant on Shooting Star and weighty on Blind Willie. A small lyric muff in John Brown couldnít diminish the haunting impact of this incredible song, powerfully delivered. He must have stretched out Memphis Bluuuuuuuuuuuues and Til I Fell in Looooooooooooove with you for just short of forever. After over 90minutes, to be able to deliver Ainít Me, Babe with the poignant feathery whisper (esp. on "Önot alone") was just remarkable. Come to think of it, everything had some vocal highlight in it. Also some wonderfully animated moments. Bob did a hilarious knee-knocking movement, then sort of a mini-split, in Cold Irons Bound; some great eyes and eye-brow action in Silvio (which had a shorter guitar jam than Iím used to recently, but a great vocal) and Tangled Up (which, with its two great guitar breaks, had the 18-year-olds next to me bouncing and squealing with delight. Now I know where all the Sugar Magnolias have gone) People going nuts in the balcony for Memphis Blues got his attention, and were rewarded with some lingering eye contact and a great smile of mutual appreciation. People in the front row got the same attention (and an even bigger smile) on Love Sick. And for the final bow, right hand on high on the hip, very cool. Thereís an underlying narrative to the set-list -- a discourse on isolation, desperation, temptation, fear, risk, rambling, defiance, independence, anger, need, want, disgust, salvation, redemption and loveĖ that puts Time Out of Mind in fuller historical context. Heck, for historical context, how much cooler can you get than opening an anachronistic small club tour with the same song you blew Ďem away with as the first electric song at Newport? Iím very thankful I had the opportunity to experience this historic event (and that I have friends who made it happen).
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