Bob Dylan

Saw Bob Dylan in Tulsa Sunday night at the historic Brady Theater — they say it’s haunted by Enrico Caruso.

Here’s what I posted 10 years ago, the other time I saw Dylan.

What possesses people to spend $60 or $100 on a concert ticket and leave before the encore? A couple of years ago, I noticed this phenomenon at a James Taylor concert. Hello, you folks that are streaming out, he hasn’t sung “Sweet Baby James” yet. Why would you come to see James Taylor if you don’t want to wait and hear “Sweet Baby James”?

Same thing last night with Bob Dylan. People leaving by the scores, while the rest of us are screaming and clapping to coax an encore. And what were the encore songs — “Like a Rolling Stone” and “All Along the Watchtower.”

Now I’m sorry, I know not everyone gets into it like I can, but seeing Bob Dylan perform “Like A Rolling Stone” has got to be the equivalent of seeing “Hamlet” or “King Lear” with Shakespeare in the cast. Great as it sounds, hard as it rocks, the moment transcends even the music.

But not for some, more intent on beating the traffic.

One can’t actually say Dylan sounded great — he’s never “sounded” great — but he sounded like Bob Dylan and the songs were great and the music rocked and that seemed to please most of us. It’s a testament to his staying power that he could open with the 2000 Oscar-winner “Things Have Changed” and follow it with a classic from 1964 “The Times They Are A Changin’.” It was all music, no chatter other than introducing the band, no playfulness, no recognition that it was the 45th anniversary (to the day) of his New York debut. Ever a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Ever a legend.

Albuquerque 2006 Set List

Things Have Changed
The Times They Are A-Changin’
Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
To Ramona
Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
Love Sick
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
Ballad of A Thin Man
I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
Cold Irons Bound
Lay Lady Lay
Cat’s in the Well

Like A Rolling Stone
All Along the Watchtower

Tulsa 2016 Set List

Things Have Changed
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Highway 61 Revisited
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
High Water (For Charley Patton)
I Could Have Told You
Early Roman Kings
Love Sick
Tangled Up in Blue
Lonesome Day Blues
Make You Feel My Love
Pay in Blood
Desolation Row
Soon After Midnight
All or Nothing at All
Long and Wasted Years

Blowin’ in the Wind
Why Try to Change Me Now

2 thoughts on “Bob Dylan”

  1. Lucky you! I don’t understand why people go to concerts and watch their phone’s video screen image of the video screen on stage.

    1. There was a strict prohibition against photography and phones at both the Bonnie Raitt and Bob Dylan concerts I attended in the last week. Enforced.

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