Wantagh, New York

Nikon At Jones Beach Theater

June 29, 2007

[Eamonn Flynn], [Howard Weiner], [Andrew Franklin], [Vinny Moran], [Mike Skliar],
[Scott Kareff ], [Brian J. Slattery], [Len Tessler], [Steve Goldberg], [Don Ely]

Review by Eamonn Flynn

This was the first time I was at Jones Beach Theater and it was a
beautiful venue.  The sound was great and it was an overall enjoyable

The night started with another rather boring set from Jimmie Vaughan,
complete with a caterwauling Lou Ann Barton and “chicken scratching.” 
Oddly enough, after countless dull solos he played his most impressive one
of the night behind his head.  Thankfully, this was the low point of the

After a surprisingly short set break, Dylan and his band came on with the
rocking yet typical opener.

1. Cat’s in the Well: had a slightly laid-back groove compared to more
recent versions, always nice to see Dylan on guitar though.  I was
surprised to see an acoustic guitar setup for Dylan and I was hopeful he
would use, but I was not shocked he didn’t. 2. Don’t Think Twice, It’s
Alright: Happy to see this song after hearing versions from last summer’s
tour.  However, it was disrupted by jerk offs in the section behind us
yelling at us to sit down like it was some type of goddam tea party. 
Anyway, it was an excellent performance and some of Dylan’s best vocals of
the night. 3. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues:  Love the new arrangement, very
reminiscent of Watching the River Flow.  Always a treat to hear this one.
4. It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding:   A true Dylan classic, it’s a real
honor to hear this song, much better than the Borgata version from
Saturday night.  Not quite as heavy as one would expect but it still
leaves the audience awestruck whenever sings “even the president of the
United States still has to stand naked.” 5. Moonlight:  A surprise to hear
this song and the slower arrangement really suits Dylan’s voice.  The
start and stop during the chorus was an excellent touch.  I’ve wanted to
see this song for awhile and I finally got to see a great performance. 6.
‘Til I Fell in Love With You:  Took me awhile to figure this one out.  The
new arrangement is heavier and bluesier than the studio and I loved the
performance. 7. Visions of Johanna: Brilliant new arrangement, one of the
highlights of the night.  Dylan’s vocals were great and proved once again
why he is the best singer in rock music.  Stu’s acoustic rhythm was
excellent.  Great performance. 8. Rollin’ and Tumblin’:  Low point of
Dylan’s set.  Love the song, but it did not sound very together and Denny
seemed to start before the band was ready.  Luckily, it was between the
two best songs of the night. 9. Shelter from The Storm: Always one of my
favorite Dylan songs and it was a pleasure to hear it in its new
arrangement.  Dylan’s vocals again were perfect and he really shines on
the slower songs.  Denny played some excellent guitar and added an
outstanding counterpoint to Dylan’s wonderful vocals.  The other highlight
of the night. 10. Things Have Changed: Another rocking performance, not
one of my favorite songs but I love the performance last night.  The Oscar
loomed ominously in the background. 11. Spirit in the Water: Solid
performance, always well sung but it never quite lived up to what I
expected.  Perhaps a longer harmonica would add more to the overall
performance. 12. Highway 61 Revisited: Really rocked, one of the better
performances I have seen of this song, never get tired of it.  Always a
crowd pleaser. 13. Nettie Moore: Again masterfully performed, this song
has turned into a true showstopper.  May never live up to the monolithic
version from the Borgata, but was a great performance. 14. Summer Days:
Have seen this a number of times but always enjoyable.  It is starting to
grow a little to commonplace, but it was welled performed. 15. Blowin’ in
the Wind: A great set closer.  Not the usual rocking song to close a set
but this left everyone in the crowd pleased.  Excellent arrangement and
more great vocals from Dylan.

16. Thunder on the Mountain: Always enjoy hearing this.  Dylan played with
the vocals much more than usual that added a great new element to the
song, making it a truly enjoyable experience.  The crowd finally decided
stand up and show their appreciation for Dylan. 17. All Along The
Watchtower: Slightly different groove but did not peak like one might
expect.  Nevertheless Dylan sang this magnificently and ended this great
show a high note.

A truly excellent show in great venue tainted slightly by the lameness of
the crowd.  The people in the front rows showed their appreciation all
night but no one else seemed to enjoy the brilliance of Dylan’s
performance.  Too many people were there just to be there and never caught
onto the energy that the band was giving off.  Nonetheless, The Bard
proved his genius yet again.

Eamonn Flynn


Review by Howard Weiner

I’d like to preface my comments on last night’s concert by stating
that this was my fourth time seeing Dylan this tour, and 25th since
2005. It was a real Heckle-Jeckle kind of affair. There was a section
of the concert that was inspirational. There were other parts that
were as dull as Robert Moses’ outdated Jones Beach. I arrived at
Jones Beach around 4:30 only to remember why I never spend anytime
there. There’s one Friendly’s restaurant that serves three fried menu
items, and they cut off beer sales two hours before the concert
starts. So all night I desired food, drink and a little more passion
from Bob. There’s some questions I would like to ask Bob, but never

Q: The other night in Florence, Mass. you played a creative show with
diverse song selections. Why are you drawing songs from the same “well”
to start all your other shows in 2007?

His same ole, same ole four song sequence that starts with Cats and
ends with It’s Alright Ma is a little dull. I’m not expecting
Grateful Dead-like diversity, but a few more surprises early on
would probably spark the band and Dylan. If you take the risk
factor out of the early and late parts of the show, there’s not
enough room for magical moments. By the way, Dylan’s vocal phrasing
on Don’t Think Twice was excellent, though, I think the musical
arrangement was hotter with Bob on keyboards last year. Moonlight
and Till I Fell In Love With You in the fifth and sixth spot added
to the sleepy start to this night. With all the excellent material
Dylan has from his last 3 cds, I’d prefer something with more pop.
The inspired entertainment started with Visions of Johanna. That was
part of my reasoning for showing up last night. He only plays this
once or twice a tour and I felt he would do it last night. He
performed this on his last two trips to New York on 9-01-06
Wappingers Falls and 11-13-06 Uniondale as well as his 1999 Jones
Beach show. It was a fantastic rendition with some spicy vocal
inflections on his second verse. Freeman cut loose with some jazzy
leads. The ensuing Rollin’ and Tumblin’ energized the crowd before
Bob dished out two more pearls.

This new arrangement of Shelter from the Storm dominated by Dylan’s
soft keyboard playing and attentive vocal phrasing is a breath of
fresh air – it even sounded fresh in comparison to the one I heard
last week in Atlantic City. Shelter always brings the creative
beast out of Bob and the solos from Freeman are lush. I was fired
up by the hard charging Things Have Changed that followed. This
section was superb and justified my journey to Jones Beach. Then
the winds of changes did shift. 

Q. With all the magnificent songs at your disposal, why do you play
Spirit on the Water every night?

Maybe Bob likes hearing the crowd roar after he sings, “You say I’m
over the hill/ think I’m past my prime.” I don’t. This song is dull
musically, and it’s lyrically inferior to anything else in his
rotation. A short explosive Highway 61 snapped us all out of the
Spirit malaise. 

Q. Your Cowboy Band continues to sound great. You called them the best
band you ever had in Rolling Stone. Why then, do the instrumentals keep
getting shorter and shorter?

I love some of those Highway 61s from 2005 and’06. The band used to
go on a funky adventure adjusting tempos, playing really loud the
bringing it down to a whisper before blowing the roof off the joint.
It still sounds good, but it’s very straight forward with no room
for improv these days. Ditto, Summer Days – it’s sounding hot, but
it could easily be extended. Nettie Moore was once again awesome in
the 13th spot. I was thrilled, because Bob hadn’t played it his last
two shows. The beat was a little quicker than usual. Bob’s
annunciations were a treat to listen to as he made his way through
this masterpiece that is in my top ten favorite Dylan songs of all
time. These new arrangements of Blowin in the Wind are quite good,
though I must admit I’m salivating for Like a Rolling Stone after
not seeing one during my last four shows. The encores were the
encores. It turned out to be another fine night, but I’m a little
puzzled by the lack of flexibility in the set lists and the lack of
improvisation during the instrumental segments on this tour,
especially since Dylan and the Cowboy Band sound like they are on
top of their game.  

Howard Weiner


Review by Andrew Franklin

This was my second show of the week (first being Sunday in 
Hershey) and my 11th show over the past 5 years and it was 
without a doubt one of the strongest vocal performances I 
have seen from Mr. Dylan.
The venue was absolutely stunning - and for anyone who has 
never been there, this was the most beautiful venue ive ever 
been too. The view of the bay and ocean was spectacular.
After me and my buddy were busted for trying to sneak a few 
beers in, we finally made it all the way to the top of Nikon 
at Jones Beach Theater to find our seats (interesting a 
camera company is the sponsor, but you cant take any 
pictures?). At Hershey we were much closer sitting the lawn 
but the sound system was FAR superior in Wantagh. Everything 
was crystal clear-- and that was good because from the 
opening lines of "Cat's in the Well" I could tell Bob was in 
a good voice. 

I picked up on "Don't Think Twice" right away and it was a 
great fact there were a lot of great songs 
tonight, mainly because Bob was on, him and the band seemed 
to have worked out the kinks that were there Sunday night at 
Hershey. This also was probably because the sound was so much 
clearer, you could hear all the guitar and piano parts. The 
crowd went wild for the "I'm going back to New York City, I 
think I've had enough.." line. 

I swear as Bob was singing "Wont't you meet me out in the 
moonlight all alone..." that the moon which had been obscured 
by clouds, finally came out from behind them and shone 
brightly in the Long Island sky, reflecting off of the ocean 
and bay. He followed with "'Til I Fell in Love With You", 
which I had never heard live before and was a nice pick from 
I couldn't quite tell what the next song was at first....but 
then once Bob sang, "Ain't it just like the night to play 
tricks while were trying to be so quiet" -- I was shocked. I 
had heard him sing this at Lancaster, PA back in '05, but 
this version was more focused and closer to the 
original. "Johanna" is probably my favorite Dylan song of all 
time and this was a moving moment in the show for me. I told 
my buddy that he could walk off stage now and I would be 
happy. I'm glad he didn't though.
Next me and my buddy ran off to the bathroom and took a 
cigarette break during "Rollin' and Tumblin" and as I started 
to make my way back to my seat, I started to hear an acoustic 
guitar and my mind wasnt sure if what I was hearing was what 
I thought it was. Sure enough, it was "Shelter from the 
Storm" and the entire theater went silent. I stood up in the 
aisle for the entire song, and it was simply put stunning. I 
only ever heard this in 2002 in Philly, and that was with the 
band singing harmony, more in the style of The Band's "The 
Weight"....this was just Bob and it was perfect. He came back 
to the first verse at the end a la "Watchtower". The rest of 
the set list was the same as Hershey -- but I still love 
hearing "Spirit on the Water" and "nettie moore". "61" was 
improved, and the guitar work from denny was much better. 
Instead of "LARS" in teh final spot, it was a solid version 
of "Blowin In the Wind" which finally seemed to get the crowd 
where I was sitting into the show.
I talked to one of the guards between "Wind" and the 
encore...she told me she was dissapointed that people up top 
couldnt see Bob on the big screens they had, she said it was 
his decision to not use them either. She claimed to have not 
known a single song either.....and thats what the crowd kinda 
seemed like. There were 2 women in front of me, and one or 
two guys towards the end of the row in front of me who 
actually seemed to appreciate hearing "Johanna" and "Storm" --
- Thats why he plays Blowing in the Wind/LARS and Watchtower 
every night, I think at least.

All in all -- this was a great show. One of my top shows of 
all time. Great venue, fun people in teh parking lot, got a 
nice $10 Tshirt and cooked some burgers and dogs in the 
parking lot. ANd on top of all that, Bob was sharp as can be. 
Out of 10, id call this one an 8 or 8.5. Thanks goes to Bob, 
who keeps on keepin' on. 


Review by Vinny Moran

Went to last nights show at the Nikon Theater at Jones Beach, Wantagh NY 
with great anticipation.  I saw Bob back in November on his last swing through 
NY and enjoyed the entire evening.  I've been to his concerts since '74 when 
he toured with The Band.  When the tickets went I on sale, I was probably 
one of the first to get them, and to fully enjoy the show, I took a weeks 

Last night, me and my brother tookl off headed south psyched for a night of 
Bob.  Well, to say it was disappointing is an understatement!  I wont go 
through the concert song by song, but highlight what we thought were 
worthy.  Bob needs to re-work his set list.  Besides Visions of Johana, 
Highway 61 & Thunder on the Mountain, everything sounded the same, 
and Bob you can't make Shelter From the Storm into an old blues number,
it didn't work. 

We were greatly disappointed and it will probably be a while before I see 
him again.

Vinny Moran


Review by Mike Skliar

Back from a fantastic Bob Dylan show at Jones Beach, Wantagh, New York. 

I haven't seen bob since the City Center show last November 20th, last
show of 2006, when he unveiled the first live 'ain't talkin'. The show I
had seen before that, Meadowlands on Nov 16 (?), was on the short list of
one of my all time favorite dylan shows i have seen out of about 60 or so,
going back to 1978. 

All to say that this show earlier tonight was , tho probably not in the
top 5 dylan shows I've seen, a wonderful show nevertheless , with some
absolutely amazing not-to be missed moments. Its been a few years since
I've seen bob on guitar, so the first four songs were, of course, a nice
treat. I think the last bob-on guitar I remember was maybe bob sitting
with the dead at that place south of buffalo, ny, in the summer of 2003. 
As for Jones Beach, I've seen bob there going back to those two shows in
1988, and in fact worked there way back when when it was b'way shows,
before they started having concerts there...and as a kid, i remember going
there to see guy lombardo,   so jones beach and i go way back! on to the

1. Cat's In The Well 
was cat's in the well. nothing special, but jus' fine, with bob doing some
lead guitar on his fender strat. 

2. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right 
I realized early that bob was in exceptionally fine voice tonight- very
expressive, taking his time with the lyrics and giving a few lines that
extra something that makes a good show into a great show.. its all about
the subtleties these days with bob shows, the little line shadings he
gives things/ 

3. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues 
was the first highlight... always a special moment to hear that intro, and
it was well-delivered.  Interesting thing about that famous line about 'going 
back to nyc, i do believe i've had enough'. Bob sang it loud and clear, 
with a little tepid applause. I'd give the crowd only a b minus here (and
elsewhere) for not giving that much back in energy level== very
little cheering at the crowd-pleasing lines here and elsehwere (the
'president of the united states must stand naked' line in 'it's
alright ma' got no acknowledgment from the crowd at all, a far cry
from the ecstatic roar i've heard in past years.. ah, well. maybe
long island these days is even less political then it was when i
grew up here) 

4. It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) 
there's a new arrangement of this, and it's wonderful- the band subtly
percolating behind bob with an open, expansive and slightly spacey groove,
without that bluesy "root- then up a minor third-then the fifth" riff
which is part of almost every other version he's done . I thought early on
i'd miss the riff, but i found i didn't and the lack of that by
now-somewhat cliched riff gave bob the freedom to really deliver the lines
well. ONe slight little lyric flub, but otherwise perfect. 

5. Moonlight 
Now some don't like the rearrangemet of this, its slower, with a stop time
choris- but i think it worked wonderfully, both with the tambre of bob's
voice now and with the band, again being very quiet and subtle behind him.
nice soloing from denny, with those jazzy touches that are so welcome. 

6. 'Til I Fell In Love With You 
not my favorite song from toom, not by a long shot. but the bluesy groove
worked,and it was delivered well. very happy to hear this instead of a
warhorse i've heard too much such as 'watching the river flow', or 'honest
with me' or 'memphis blues again', for example 

7. Visions Of Johanna 
ah, now here's where the show got into high gear and delivered the goods
in a major major way. I'd have to do a back-to back comparison with the
other live versions i've heard in person (tramps '99, madison sq garden ,
the upstate ny show last sept 1st, maygbe others too) bgut this was as
good as any of em, maybe even better.     During the first two verses, bob 
came up with a great little melody in the 2nd and third lines which is brand 
new, i think... he didnt keep doing it in the corresponding place in all verses,
but it was a wonderful touch- again those little accents really polish it up 
to a fine shine. The band gave a wonderful pulse behind the singing that
propelled the song along, while leaving the vocal front and center..
with a great delayed creshendo on that final line of the last verse,
--the line 'back of a fish truck that loads while my conscience
explodes'.. and the band suitably explodes on cue, subtle to be sure
but an explosion nevertheless... 

8. Rollin' And Tumblin' 
was fine, a little down and dirty blues to bring us back to earth after
soaring with joannah. 

9. Shelter From The Storm 
Here's the second huge highlight of the show. Bob finally got the first
line right, after messing with it in the first four or five shows (twas in
another lifetime...).. he's changed the chord structure a bit, where the
third line gets a slightly different progression then the first two and
fourth, and he exploits the pathos with a powerful upper register vocal
swoop, without resorting to that cheap upsinging that plagued shows
several years back. ALso, each successive verse would start right at the
end of the prior one, without a break, giving the flowing narrative great
power. I've seen bob do this one several times, but this was probably the
best live version of this song i've ever seen in person. 

10. Things Have Changed 
was fine.. tho a bit of a letdown after such a great 'shelter'. It didnt
have those playful line readings that it did at the meadowlands, nj show
last novermber, and had a bit too much growl, and not quite enought drive,
still a good song to hear tho. 

11. Spirit On The Water 
started slow but gathered steam, and the audience finally (!) responded
when bob came to that 'you think i'm over the hill' line.. 

12. Highway 61 Revisited 
was just ok, nothing special as highway 61s go 

13. Nettie Moore 
very good version, with the verses well sung-- tho the choruses were
missing that plaintive sing-songy little lilt that he put in there at the
meadowlands show last november. still, a fine version nevertheless. 

14. Summer Days 
what happened to this song in the last few years is a bit sad- what used
to be a real barnburner is kind of a generic blues thing now... but as
current versions go, it wasn't bad. i was relieved to hear that the main
set wasn't over with that, but included: 

15. Blowin' In The Wind 
another huge highlight for me.. great version of a career-defining song
that should be played alot more often. Hadn't seen him do it live in a few
years. welcome back, blowin'! like and old friend who still looks great. 
Nice up-tempo arrangement that kept the anthemic quality without being
schmaltzy, nice 50's twangy solo by denny, well done ! 

16. Thunder On The Mountain 
a weaker version then the ones I heard last year... words were a bit

17. All Along The Watchtower 
very good version.. and there was one solo break when it seemed that the
band in particular were copying one of the rhythm parts from the classic
jimi hendrix version.. that little off-center part that sounds delayed but
isn't.... band quieted down nicely when bob sang. 


Review by Scott Kareff

Bob Dylan and his band back at Jones Beach for a nearly mid-summer night
concert.  Cool weather after the hard rain had just moved out.  Full moon
over to stage right.  Over all, the show was very good; no big surprises,
but good energy from Bob and the band, and a couple of highlights stood
out.  Some weird stuff in the crowd.  Our seats were Orchestra right, just
beyond the first section of seats, where most people stood for the entire
show.  Standing was frowned upon in our section though, and every time a
swing number or good jam called for some dancing, people behind would
complain if you got up.  Maybe it was just a couple of cantankerous elders
who couldn't get out of their own seats.  Also, late in the concert,
security escorted at least 2 people out from the front section middle. 
Not sure what for.  Maybe standing.

The songs.....The show started out very strong, with Bob on guitar for the
first time in a long time.  Cat's in the Well has been a regular opening
number, which was fine with me.  I like that song from the either maligned
or overlooked 1990 effort "Under the Red Sky".  Don't Think Twice was a
welcome choice to continue the show.  Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues was next
and was one of the high points.  The line about going back to NY City was
as always a crowd-pleaser.  This was a good new arrangement.  Very well
done.  Next was Its Allright Ma, and this was another very good
performance.  Bullet burts of lines and well-received rendition.

At this point Bob slowed things down, moving to the keyboards for
Moonlight from the latest album.  A good break, but where would Bob go
next?  The answer was nowhere fast, as he launched into "Till I Fell in
Love With You" from 1997's Time Out of Mind.  Bob was putting forth good
effort on the keyboards, but the results weren't there on this song.  The
concert hit a real lowpoint.  Almost any other song choice would have been
much better.

Bob recovered with Visions of Johanna, a treat to hear any night.  This
version was pretty good, but I've heard much better.  Next was Rollin' &
Tumblin' from the latest album, and this was the high point of the show
for me.  The jam mixed gears and speeds like Bob sometimes does, where he
seems to get ahead of himself musically and catches up lyrically while all
the time following classic guitar lines.  Great fun.  But cranky fans
weren't happy behind me.  I felt something hit me in the back.

Next came Shelter From the Storm; slow version; different than I had heard
before.  Once again, a treat to hear this song whenever Bob wants to play
it, but this version didn't quite do it for me.  The rest of the concert
was standard later-Never Ending Tour fare.  Energy climaxed again for
Summer Days, during which the old bag behind me yelled for people to sit
down again.  Very strange for the song that has basically brought the
house down for 5+ years.  At least she wasn't throwing things at me any

This show will tide me over until the next time Bob Dylan brings his band
back around, and I can't really complain.  But I am hoping for a more
electric performance next time.

Scott Kareff   


Review by Brian J. Slattery

Getting to see Bob perform once a tour is a treat.  Seeing him play twice
in a week is a  gift.  Seeing him a third time,  especially after thinking
I wouldn’t be able to attend the concert, is a  blessing.  And still, it
is not  enough.  Yet each show is  something.  And with Bob in such  fine
form, each show is something special.   In my reviews of the Atlantic 
City shows, I did my best not to turn them into  comparison pieces, and I
will do the same here.  When seeing several shows virtually back  to back,
it can be a difficult task.  I think it is only natural to compare one
show to the next.  What songs were repeated and which  performance was
better becomes the bill of fare, and I want to avoid that  here.  You can
compare set lists if  you like.  I simply will try to give  my thoughts
about the concert which I, through a simple twist of fate, was  blessed to
see Friday night at Jones  Beach.  I would be remiss if I didn’t take a 
minute to thank my friend and fellow Bobster Walter for making sure I got
to the  show.  It’s not every day Bob hits  town, and I would have been
angry at myself if I missed the opportunity to see  him so close to home. 
Thanks again,  Walter. We arrived during the opening act and sat outside 
chatting with fellow Bobsters Lee, Nina, Charlie, and Renardo.  The only
person missing on the scene was Amanda, but Lee and Renardo ran into 
her before the show; so all the NYC Meet-up  Bobsters who were at the 
show were present and accounted for tonight.   Once we took our seats, 
we didn’t have long to wait and soon were up on  our feet as Hoe Down 
blared through  the sound system.  Bob took to the  stage wearing his 
usual black suit and cowboy hat, strapping on a  guitar,--something we 
are glad he is doing again--and rocking into Cat’s in the Well.  Don’t Think
Twice, It’s All Right  followed and was amazing.  Just Like Tom Thumb’s 
Blues was bluesy  and amazing, and Bob got a loud cheer when he hit 
the “New  York City” line.  And what can be said about the revamped It’s 
Alright, Ma (I’m Only  Bleeding)?  Do ‘forceful,’  ‘driving,’ ‘powerful’ really 
come close to describing it?  Does calling it ‘epic’ do it  justice?  Can any 
words fully  express the way Bob seems to recapture this song, harkening 
back to the original, or is it simply ineffable?  Perhaps there is no sense in 
trying.  You simply have to listen and take it  all in as best you can.  I imagine
that is true of all his songs, which would render any further words on
the  subject pointless.  However, I think  part of the experience of
seeing Bob perform live or even listening to his  albums is to try to
understand what you are seeing and hearing.  Therefore, lucky readers, I
will share a  few more thoughts and observations. Bob did the first four
songs on guitar (he really seemed  to have fun with it), and then he took
up his position behind the keyboard,  where the energy changed but did not
dissipate.  Bob’s voice was strong throughout, and  the band’ s
playing was tight.  Walter and I puzzled over ’Til I  Fell In Love With
You.  While  well played, it isn’t a song that packs any real punch.  It
was enjoyable but not moving or  powerful like most of the other songs
this evening. The same should not, cannot, will not be said about the 
next song.  Before I could catch  what the band was playing, Walter said
one word, seven letters long, and I  listened to him, then to the band,
realized he was right, and did nothing to  fight the ear-to-ear grin that
took up residence on my face.  That word was ‘visions.’  And he was
right.  After a great intro, Bob started singing  what is probably my
favorite Dylan song.  If the show, or my life for that matter, ended at
that moment, I believe  I would have left or died a happy man.  Grateful
that neither occurred, I spent a few minutes after Visions of Johanna
marveling at its  beauty and Bob’s amazing rendition of a much-loved
song.   I had barely caught my breath while rolling and tumbling along,
when Bob  started a touching, moving, emotive Shelter from the Storm.  The
harmonica heightened the intensity  and beauty and the reworked phrasing
turned this song into something not only  masterful but also new.  Spirit
On the Water and Nettie Moore were both crowd pleasers,  with people
shouting ‘NO!’ when Bob sang “you think I’m over the hill” and
loud  cheers when Bob said “they say whiskey’ ll kill you, but I
don’t think it  will.”  For some reason that line  gets a rousing
round of applause, which is interesting since the rest of the  song
usually gets rapt attention and reverent silence.  Also interesting is
seeing the crowd  reaction to certain songs.  The  college-aged fans
seemed to react most to Modern Times material.  Even for the slow numbers
from this  modern masterpiece, these younger fans were on their feet,
swaying to the  music.  It’s good to see how Bob  reaches across the
generations. For the set closer, he reached back across the years and gave
us Blowin’ in the Wind, a song that has  never and will never lose its
relevance.  And besides that, he sang it well, his voice strong and
powerful  throughout.  As the big, fat, and yellow moon shone like a spoon
behind the stage, Bob and the Boys strode off in darkness to return a few
minutes later to thunderous applause as the Eye was unfurled and they
launched  into Thunder On the Mountain and  finally All Along the 
Watchtower.  It seems that Bob  is looking for his voice on Thunder,  as
if he is trying to find the best way to perform this great song live.  For
me, tonight’s take was competent and  good but not inspired and great. 
The way he delivered the lines took away a bit from the melody.  At least
that’s how I took it.  It still was a rollicking good  time.  And while
I wouldn’t be upset  if he switched out Watchtower once in  a while, his
recent performances of this one have been amazing; so it was with a  smile
and a sigh I clapped and cheered for Bob as he stepped to the front of the
stage after it and pointed to the crowd, taking in the adulation.  I
smiled because it had been two hours  of amazing music.  I sighed because 
it had come to an end.  Despite the  loud cheers and applause, Bob and the
Boys left the stage and were probably on  the bus and on their way to
another joint before the lights came  up. As we went back to New York 
City, I didn’t believe I had had enough, but I knew I had  just seen an
amazing performance by a man who still has the ability to move a  crowd
with a simple gesture or nod, turn of phrase, and a voice that sings songs
of beauty, truth, and wonder.  It is  really no wonder how this man still
fills concert halls and stadiums. Thanks, Bob, for giving us yet one more
example of why and how you are  the best. If you get the chance to see Bob
this tour, take it.  You will neither regret it nor soon  forget it. 

If you have any comments or just like to talk ‘Bob,’ get in touch with
me at _dylanfan522@aol.com_ (
Keep On Keepin’ On
Brian J. Slattery


Review by Len Tessler

This is the 7th Dylan show i have seen post-9/11, 1 in Florida, 2 in San Diego, 
and New York  shows at Beacon, Nassau Coliseum, City Center and Jones Beach. 
Friday  nights show definitely had a mellower groove to the show... yes the 
crowd was more a sit down and listen than a rock me all night crowd, but
maybe Bob sensed that ( or remembered Jones Beach appearances past--- like
in 1991 when the crowd slowly walked out on him, or in 1993 when he 
played after Santana well past midnight, and the crowd was just flat out 
tired) In any case, the adjustments to his setlist tonight , I felt, were
perfect.  Songs like Don't Think Twice, Shelter From the Storm, Visions
of Johanna,Moonlight, Nettie Moore and Blowin in the Wind were all

re-worked into a comfortable groove, and all allowed Bob to actually sing
to his audience.  His vocals were as clear as I can EVER ( big statement)
remember seeing live, his enunciation at certain points ( like Nettie's I
loved you then/and ever shall/but there's no one left to tell) was almost
piercing to the listener, as the 66 year old rocker made sure the
darkening world was a picture painted clearly. His band is continues to
excel, never really having an off night... the re-introduction of the
violins and lap steel guitar also added a mood to his performance beyond
rocking.... something that was clearly missing at gigs like last fall's at
Nassau. Cat's in the Well got the crowd juiced early, and a fun rendition
of Things Have Changed, along with the standard ( and sorry, but at this
point over-utilized) Highway 61, and new rocker Thunder gave the crowd
their chances to dance away, but on a gorgeous, breezy, clear night along
the ocean's edge, this was a show that had more feeling depth and thought
provocation than I have seen Bob do in years, and in a word, it was flat
out wonderful


Review by Steve Goldberg

Beautiful cool night, looked like a full moon and Bob was up "way past the
dawn". Visions of Johanna was by far the highlight of an otherwise boring
concert. His voice was clear and upfront with no upsinging, always a key
point  for me. I think the main problem was the setlist. Too many slow
songs, including a very slow, almost unrecognizable Shelter From The Storm. 
I don't think even Jerry Garcia could have played it that slow. The uptempo 
numbers were mostly just basic blues rifts. This band might be tight and
professional but they  certainly lack imagination. And a sad commentary on
the Long island music scene, where as Bob used to sell out Jones Beach, I
don't think it was even half full  last night.


Review by Don Ely

I was proud of myself for having successfully negotiated the freeways during 
my second - ever driving experience in Big Bad New York City. This may seem 
trivial to the natives, but seeing all that yellow on the map, with all those cities 
and all those expressways is a bit intimidating to a visitor behind the wheel. I 
want to face my fears, however, and get to know this astonishing metropolis 
better, so it was with that in mind that I chose Jones Beach as the first of 
three shows on Bobtrip Summer 2007. I decided upon what I would term 
the " southern " approach to Long Island: take the New Jersey Turnpike to 
I - 280 across Staten Island and pick up the Belt Parkway along the lower 
edge of Brooklyn. I don't recall what I was listening to at the time, but as I 
zipped past Coney Island it was Ramones songs I had going through my 
mind's stereo. Rock - Rock - Rockaway Beach!!! The Southern Parkway was 
busy but traffic flowed with the ease of the trapeze, and I was at my hotel 
in Hicksville by 2:30. Plenty of time before the show to look up John 
Coltrane in nearby Farmingdale, and as it was 4:30 when I pulled into Jones
 Beach, I had plenty of time to look around there, too.
Getting to Nikon at Jones Beach was as facile as the rest of my day; the 
Wantagh Parkway empties right into Jones Beach State Park, and the venue 
is located within. Luckily they'd stopped charging an admission to the park by 
the time I'd arrived, and if it was busy earlier in the day, most people had 
vacated the beach as I pounded the boardwalk. I could still get an idea of 
what it's like to live oceanside on the east coast; the moist sea breeze 
tempted me to drive to the Jersey Shore, but that's for another Bobtrip. 
Or maybe a Brucetrip! As empty as the beach was now, it would surely be 
teeming with folks over the weekend. I walked back to where the theater 
is situated and whiled away the time before we were allowed inside. Not 
just an ordinary shed, Nikon at Jones Beach is an attractive structure that 
sits right on the water, and I snapped photos as is my custom. A guy and 
his wife took notice of the Delmark Records t - shirt I was wearing so we 
talked blues and rock 'n' roll for awhile, and I listened with amusement to 
his tales of Manhattan in the 60's and 70's.
Eventually they let people into the venue ( but not the seating area - that 
was another 45 minutes or so ).  The concourse was clean and appealing, 
but they could stand adding a little variety to their menu options, and they 
served no beer ( awwwww!! ). So I stood around killing time eating a 
cheeseburger and drinking a $6 lemonade while listening to a chanteuse 
singing and playing electric keyboard. Finally they let us take our seats. 
Mine was not as close as I thought it was based on the chart, but the 
setting was so beautiful I wasn't disappointed. As I mentioned the stage 
juts into the water, and the audience looks upon the inlet as swallows flit 
over and above the shimmering surface. A few small boats dot the water, 
and the entire picture is even prettier after dark. After last summer's 
ballpark tour I was disappointed to find Jimmie Vaughan and the 
Tilt - A - Whirl Band as this summer's opener, but tonight at least Jimmie 
and the boys and girl played a good first set of the evening. They do seem 
to favor Slim Harpo songs, this time performing Slim's hit for Excello, " Baby 
Scratch My Back ". After a short intermission Bob Dylan and His Band took 
the stage! Thankfully they opened with the only " Cat's In The Well " of 
the three shows I attended. It was during the second selection, a fine " 
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right ", that the realization of Bob playing guitar 
hit me. He's certainly not the greatest axeman ever to walk the earth, but
it's a damn fine sight to see him hold a guitar again! " Just Like Tom Thumb's 
Blues " is a favorite o' mine and I'm always happy to see it included. Next 
followed an improved " It's Alright Ma, Im Only Bleeding " in a new 
arrangement that's less ominous and menacing and almost lilting, due in 
large part to Donnie Herron's fiddle. This song had been overplayed for 
awhile, but now exudes renewed vigor. The tempo changed as Bob 
shifted behind the keyboard for " 'Til I Fell In Love With You ", and then 
the return of " Moonlight " . Nice to hear this one again, but Fargo 
8/23/02 is the version that will be forever emblazoned in my mind.
I seem to be the fortunate son who receives " Visions Of Johanna " more 
often than I have a right to ( tonight's makes six ). This one contained 
more instrumental accompaniment than usual, positively boisterous by 
comparison. Tonight I got my first " Rollin' And Tumblin' ", and it was 
enjoyable, though I believe outshined by the album track. To me there's 
a noticable difference in the Modern Times material between last fall and 
now; I think the novelty has worn off somewhat for Bob as the band isn't 
taking as much care with those songs. " Nettie Moore " was performed well. 
I'm sure, though, that when Bob debuts " Ain't Talkin' " for an American 
audience ( nudge, nudge, wink, wink ) it will be stellar! The song that made 
my night was " Shelter From The Storm ", a personal first - timer that made 
my 50th Bob Dylan show extra special. Whereas " Johanna " was " noisy ", 
this is the song that was slowed down to sparse instrumentation, delivered 
in almost hushed tones ( as hushed as Bob can get ). A beautiful song on a 
beautiful night amidst a strong performance, and I let myself be taken away 
by it all. Bob Dylan and His Band do it yet again.
I got on to Long Island without any snags, but that meant I had to get off! 
Hungry for more of the Big Bad City, my confidence high, I took the 
Southern Parkway to the Cross Island Parkway, entered The Bronx via the 
Throgs Neck Bridge, then up the Bruckner Expressway exit at Baychester 
Avenue to 233rd Street. There, at Jerome Avenue is Woodlawn Cemetery, 
where I spent a sunny afternoon visiting with Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, 
Illinois Jacquet, King Oliver, and W. C. Handy. So much music, and only an 
eternity to savor it all!

Don Ely
Rochester, MI


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