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Thread #34253   Message #467805
Posted By: Steve Latimer
22-May-01 - 09:40 AM
Thread Name: Dylan Watch: Events Coming for 60
Subject: RE: Dylan Watch: Events Coming for 60
I enjoyed the show last night, although I missed the first quarter of it.

I'm frustrated because I've had The Bootleg Series on order from Chapters for about six weeks, they keep saying "next week". I'm looking forward to it even more having heard versions of "Tangled Up In Blue" and "Idiot Wind" that I'd never heard before. I really liked this version of "Idiot Wind". Biograph has another alternate version of TUIB that is also quite good.

Marty D., the song they closed the show with was "Blind Willie McTell" from the Bootleg Series. How can anyone say Dylan can't sing? He sure sung the hell out of that one.

As far as the essays go, having seen Bob in '97 and then again last summer and owning "Time Out Of Mind" I think that any one who says that Dylan is resting on his laurels has not given him a chance lately. I'll admit that when I saw him in the eighties he was awful, unrehearsed and I wouldn't be surprised if he was more than a little drunk. But the two most recent shows were as well rehearsed and professional as any I've ever seen. Bob himself has admitted to having recommitted himself to stong live performances and I'll go out of my way to see him again. He is back at the top of his game.