Bob Dylan in Sofia

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Postby YirMan » Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:46 pm

My mate and I went to see Bob Dylan at the NEC 2 years ago, both of us big, big fans of the man.

He stood 3rd man in, in a circle of on-stage musicians and never once spoke to the audience, not even a "Hello Birmingham". We endured the concert to the end only to find out afterwards that each of us wanted to say to the other "let's leave FFS cos this is crap" and both of us truly wished we had - he was God awful.

Still enjoy his albums but if he was in a free concert at the end of my street, I wouldn't go anywhere near it.

Save your money...and the memory.

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Postby Pirol » Mon Jun 07, 2010 7:41 pm

...so how was it?

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Postby YirMan » Mon Jun 07, 2010 7:47 pm

He's crap live...save your money and buy his albums instead because he is a great songwriter and lyricicst.

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Postby Pelican » Mon Jun 07, 2010 7:58 pm

It was excellent.

Bob performed very well, playing keyboards, some guitar and a lot of harmonica on a nice mix of his material.

Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
Girl From The North Country
'Til I Fell In Love With You
Just Like A Woman
Things Have Changed
A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
High Water (for Charlie Patton)
What Good Am I?
Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
When The Deal Goes Down
Highway 61 Revisited
Love Sick
Thunder On The Mountain
Ballad Of A Thin Man
Like A Rolling Stone
Jolene
Blowin' In The Wind

The band were superb. Blisteringly tight and right on the money all night long.

The crowd loved it.

I met a handful of mates there who are Bulgarian musicians and singer songwriters, having been inspired by Bob and his contemporaries, who had been waiting for this night for 30 odd years.

In all it was a fantastic evening and one that I will always remember.

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Postby penbat » Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:01 pm

difficult to understand what motivates Dylan to keep working at 69 years old.

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Postby Pelican » Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:46 pm

penbat wrote:difficult to understand what motivates Dylan to keep working at 69 years old.


I'm hazarding a guess here and may be wrong but have you ever stood on a stage and felt the warmth of an appreciative audience?

If you have then you'll understand the motivation to come back for more.

Bob has undoubtedly passed his best but having left an indelible mark on the history and future of music he clearly desires to squeeze every last drop out of the live performance 'buzz'.

Good on him I say. He deserves it.

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Postby fey » Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:11 pm

penpat...


Bob Dylan is not working....he is living the life!!!

Total legend...

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Postby Hippyboy » Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:28 pm

I saw Dylan in concert when I was young 35 years ago on the same tour as 'Live At Budhokan' : brilliant apart from the venue (Earls Court) I think I'd rather live with that memory than see him again now , but fair play to the man , still playing and entertaining . Tim .

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Postby penbat » Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:35 pm

fey wrote:penpat...


Bob Dylan is not working....he is living the life!!!

Total legend...


Leonard Cohen is still touring in his mid 70s.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_cohen

Incidentally Fey I think i used to converse with you a lot on these forums a few years ago then you quit.


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