I went to see one of my favourite artists on Friday the 6 th of may and wasn’t quite sure what to make of it.
For starters Bob didn’t say a word all night which didn’t really bother me but a “hi thanks for coming ” would have been nice.
Onto the music and Dylan played a collection of his songs from across the 6 decades his incredible career has spanned. Standing side on playing a piano for most of the gig and wearing a cowboy hat he also sang a few covers by Frank Sinatra!
Re-working some of his old classics like “blowing in the wind “and “desolation row” were interesting but sometimes it was hard to tell which song was which as he spat out the tunes in a similar rhythmic fashion. I turned to my brother to ask him what he thought of this version of “blowing in the wind” for him to reply ” is that what it is?”
I suppose sometimes it’s nice to hear a song as you hear it on the record but to be fair when you wrote a song 50 years ago it’s hardly surprising when an artist wants to change it
Poor sound quality didn’t help matters but his band were very good and for a guy of 75 to be up there and still touring is a testament to this songwriting genius.
All in all I’m glad I went but maybe in my head I was expecting a 20 year old bob with his acoustic guitar and harmonica singing me a classic folk song with that unmistakable voice of his.
Maybe I was just born 30 years too late!