Bob Dylan Reviews
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Robert bloom from New York, New York
A ROCKIN AND SUBLIME SURPRISE
completely blew me away,,a beautiful voice believe it or not was the biggest surpise articulating every word and note w a beautiful deep rich vibrato adding depth to the gravely chortle of recent past ...he alternates rocking swingin tunes w the big band kicking ass behind him ,,,driving intensity fresh as ever,,then ballads followed after every rocker,,he was mid stage,,,holding the mic like early elvis,,,and those quirky strange intriguing stances movements Marva staples told us to look out for,,,watch bob !!! she said during her rousing first set.. the show was amazing,..dylan becomng Elvis Sinatra tony Bennett Fred Astaire,,,bing Crosby,...yet ever uniquely himself,,always new and lately greatly improved,on what always worth going to.. the voice and new showmanship made the evening really special,,,i never thought i would ever enjoy Dylan crooning like he does now,,better than on any album,,this is a cat who is at the top of his game and relishing it as much as we do..glad i went
Daniel Kalmann from New York, NY
BOB DYLAN WALLINGFORD CT 2017/06/18
So here are some of my thoughts and meanderings after last night's June 18 2017 Wallingford, CT concert. First of all, my driving time from Queens NY was over 3 hours, and because it was Father's Day (we have 3 kids, ages 14, 6 and 10 months) my wife and I had a bit of a late start and I got more and more nervous as the estimated arrival time inched closer to 8pm. We made it into the full parking lot at 7:59 where we were whisked to the VIP parking section because everything else was taken. That brought us to the main entrance within 1 minute, up the stairs to the loge we went, and as we reached the top, he walked in and started his night. I had planned to tape record, but I was not ready for it at all, so I stopped worrying about it. I had purchased binoculars for the occasion and I started looking for and easily found his Bobness. He has so many different mannerisms, his wide stance when playing the piano, wearing his silver tipped white and brown boots, in his slightly bedazzled black costume with red patches and sparkles and a wide open collared red shirt with bolo tie, behind the shiny black grand-piano that offered a reflection of himself with is hair full and not as dark as usual and his hat resting on the piano but never on his head this night, his walking between songs, when the stage goes dark, to his table with his Oscar statuette and a cup of drink, how he prepares for his next songs standing in the middle of the stage, adjusting his hair a bit, putting his hand on his hip, holding the microphone just like a crooning rock star should, stepping forwards, little shuffle dance steps, his very inspired piano playing, his It Ain't Me Babe when he strapped on his guitar (I could see in the dark that he strapped one on, I couldn't believe it, it was a thrilling moment for sure!), his obvious fitness level which is important to me as an older fitness fanatic myself, his supreme control of everything on stage, including leading his wonderful band with a flick of a look, his kind acknowledgments of his band as well, especially during his crooning song with his arm gesturing towards them, his pure showmanship, his ability to make each and every song real, nothing fake happening during this set. I was on the edge of my seat with my binocs focused on him, his band, his facial expressions, his strong singing, his switching back and forth between rocking and crooning, his intense delivery of each word, sentence, song. I felt in the presence of greatness all night long, I wanted to soak in each moment, who knows how many times the answer will continue to be blowing in the wind, it was maybe a tad too short but so worthwhile, he will forever be the greatest song and dance man, there will never be another Bob Dylan and I was fortunate to spend almost 2 hours in the same room. Thank you Bob Dylan, for the over 50 years of providing me an anchor for this crazy world, for enlightening me, entertaining and confusing me, for rocking my world, for reaching levels of greatness that have always encouraged me to be the best I can be, and that made me come to New York City from Amsterdam exactly 40 years to the day today. Forever Young, my friend, forever young!
Rene Vallieres from Salt Lake City, Utah
I've been listening to Bob since 1964. Brought my Bob records to college in 1966 and was almost booed out of the dorm by upper classmen who were into Smokey Robinson. My wife and I had a great time last night at the concert in SLC. Mavis was great as usual. The first thing that strikes you about Bob and the band is how tight they are. They play with an amazing precision. Others have commented on Bob changing the arrangements of his classic songs like Tangled Up in Blue and Desolation Row to the dismay of some. I knew this was coming following him for so many years. But what surprised me is that he mostly played the last song of the night pretty straight up - Ballad of a Thin Man. The melody was recognizable. He has ended his concerts with this song for years. I had to smile knowing he loves to wink at his audience with a mischievous twinkle in his eye "You don't know what's happening. Do you Mr. Jones?" Written with affection - Mr Jones
SJCL from Northeast, Connecticut
I last saw Bob about 20 years ago in Springfield, Mass at a time when he was clearly low-energy and was largely unintelligble. This time he was fantastic! Nonstop wonderful music, great projection,, (mostly) recognizable lyrics, a great choice of songs mixing old Dylan standards, new Dylan masterpieces such as Duquesne Whistle, and old American Songbook titles. Others have commented on the audience -- I was in the loge which had a largely appreciative though not always enthusiastic group of people.--- one of whom fell soundly asleep despite the very loud but clear sound system. Oh well, everyone gets what they need from a Dylan concert. Looking forward to seeing him again.
Christine from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
INSPIRATION AND INNOVATION--DYLAN ROCKS!
Bob Dylan proved his musical and poetic genius during his concert last night in Upper Darby, PA. Unbelievable passion was palpable as he rocked the house with innovative music. For those wanting a throwback concert, well, they don't know Dylan. He was among the first of artists who continually reinvent themselves--only his innovation is in the music not his persona. He wove an experience for those who really listened, weaving his new songs and American standards together for an amazing sound and experience. Love this man and his unconventional ways--and the fact he is true to himself and a true inspiration. We listened to what will undoubtedly be new classics--Dylanesque Brilliance. And the evening started out oh so right with Dylan's long-time friend and musical powerhouse herself, Mavis Staples, taking center stage. What a memorable night!
Judith Barrett from Buffalo, New York
BEST. CONCERT. EVER.
It was all about the music. None of those irritating strobe lights, costume changes, philosophizing nonsense. I loved the way he arranged and sang his older well known songs. It truly was a unique experience to listen to a true musician play and sing his songs. He also sang some jazz songs that were so beautiful and moving. I loved this concert! I loved that I got to see Bob Dylan live doing what he does best, be himself, have fun and live in the moment. His band is excellent. I had so much fun just listening to the music!! Great concert!! I would recommend to everyone to see him perform live!!
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