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PostPosted: Sat November 12th, 2016, 02:09 GMT 
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U.S. Fall Tour continues!

Bob Dylan and His Band

Birmingham, Alabama
Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
Concert Hall

15 November 2016, Tuesday


The 69th Show of the 2016 Never Ending Tour.


Capacity: 2,835
Showtime: 8:00 pm



"She was a backwoods girl, but she sure was realistic"

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Why did Bob Dylan pay a visit to Birmingham's WorkPlay on Friday?


Birmingham, Alabama, USA – Bob Dylan likes WorkPlay. How do we know? He told owner Tom Williams so on Friday, Oct 28, during a video shoot at the venue's theater.

Dylan, 75, one of the most famous names in the rock world, spent about four hours at the Birmingham entertainment complex, filming a video to commemorate Tony Bennett's 90th birthday.

According to Williams, the video will be part of an NBC TV special, "Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come." The two-hour show, which airs Dec. 20, also includes performances by Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and other celebrities.

Dylan couldn't attend the actual celebration, which was filmed Sept. 15 at Radio City Music Hall. However, Williams said, Dylan wanted to mark the occasion with a song. That's the tune he performed and filmed with his band at WorkPlay, with a technical crew and gear brought in for the occasion.

Williams said he watched Dylan's sound check on Friday, but declined to name the song chosen for the filming, citing the artist's desire to keep it under wraps until the show airs.

Dylan, a notoriously private singer-songwriter, didn't allow outside cameras at the shoot, including cell phones. (Sorry, folks, no selfies!) Williams said, however, that Dylan was extremely cordial during his visit and complimented the facilities at WorkPlay.

"He was coming around the corner, and the security man said, 'There's the owner,'" Williams said. "He approached me. We talked for about three minutes, about WorkPlay and the studios. I told him we could record a live show here. He said, 'Great place, great place.' ... Afterward, as he was finishing up and coming back through, he said 'Tom, you have a really nice place,' and put his hand out."

Although these encounters were brief, Williams has exchanged more words with Dylan than most people ever will. The star, a recent Nobel laureate, has a reputation for being tight-lipped on the concert trail, with fans, reporters and promoters alike.

"He was super-nice," Williams said. "They had one rule: No cell phones, no cameras in the air while he's in the building. They just said, 'Give him his space and no cameras.'"

Dylan, who's touring to promote his new album, "Fallen Angels," stopped in Birmingham on the way to Huntsville, where he'll perform Saturday at the Von Braun Center Concert Hall. The tour brings him back to Birmingham on Nov. 15 for a show at the BJCC Concert Hall. After that, he's set to play on Nov. 16 at the Saenger Theatre in Mobile.

Williams said Dylan's team contacted WorkPlay about two months ago, asking about the possibility of a rental for the video shoot. The connection came through the venue's sound engineer and production manager, Davy Moire.

Williams said his initial reaction was, "Of course we can do this! Whatever it takes."

WorkPlay has seen its share of stars over the years, from Jack White to the Drive-By Truckers, and the venue hosted a video shoot for Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters in 2014. An appearance from Dylan, however, would be an important milestone.

Secrecy was crucial, lest the public invade the venue hoping for glimpse of the iconic musician. Only four or five people at WorkPlay, including general manager Joe Benintende and Williams' wife, Courtney Williams, knew about Dylan's visit in advance. If word leaked before the the shoot, that would be a deal-breaker, Williams said.

"It was tough, but not too tough, (to keep the secret) because we didn't want it to get out," Williams said. "And we didn't want to lose it."

Much of the initial discussion with Dylan's team involved the precise location of the shoot — WorkPlay has a theater, a soundstage, recording studios, office space and more — and the theater finally won the day.

A crew arrived on Thursday to ready the theater, Williams said, and the workers brought a substantial amount of equipment, including set design elements and the analog sound gear Dylan prefers.

"Our preparation was to make sure the room was clean and the sound was right," Williams said. "We really wanted to impress the crew. They used our soundboard, but I'd say they used about 80 percent of their own equipment. It was a huge production."

WorkPlay also contacted a local caterer, Jason Marchant of BYOB restaurant in Lakeview, arranging food for Dylan's team on Thursday and Friday. After the shoot, at Courtney Williams' suggestion, the leftovers were donated to Brother Bryan Mission in Birmingham.

The famed artist arrived around 2 p.m. on Friday, wearing a hoodie and sunglasses, and later changed into a suit for the video. Williams said Dylan wore tuxedo pants and a white shirt, and "had his hair up." A makeup artist was on scene, as well.

Williams said excitement was running high at WorkPlay while Dylan was on scene, but everyone present made sure to keep things cool. Although he knew better than to ask for a photo with Dylan, Williams admits that he was tempted.

"I came so close to asking him," Williams said. "I'm a singer-songwriter fan; Bob Dylan and John Prine and Willie Nelson, they're my thing. It was an honor to have a professional musician and Nobel Prize winner come to WorkPlay and record a song."

Williams wouldn't say much about Dylan's performance, or any birthday message the singer might have filmed for Bennett. But he described the video shoot as professional and smooth, and said everyone involved was friendly. Dylan explored the WorkPlay complex a bit during his stay, and even acknowledged the resident dog, Cheetos.

After the filming ended, Williams opened WorkPlay's bar to the visiting crew. Dylan left the venue around 6 p.m., he said, and social media immediately became fair game.

"When I could see the taillights of the bus, I hit Facebook," Williams said. "It was a great day for WorkPlay and for the city."



http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/10/why_did_bob_dylan_pay_a_visit.html


Edit: I posted this article somewhere else on ER when it was fresh, can't recall which thread!


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PostPosted: Tue November 15th, 2016, 02:07 GMT 
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Only 18 years ago in Birmingham Bob led Van on a wild goose chase of a Knockin'.
Made him play harmonica & kept throwing Van off guard...love it.
Van steps up nicely though. A true pro.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=i2_zzNwGaTw


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PostPosted: Tue November 15th, 2016, 02:27 GMT 
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Still Go Barefoot wrote:
Only 18 years ago in Birmingham Bob led Van on a wild goose chase of a Knockin'.
Made him play harmonica & kept throwing Van off guard...love it.
Van steps up nicely though. A true pro.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=i2_zzNwGaTw

Great video thanks for sharing!


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PostPosted: Tue November 15th, 2016, 14:52 GMT 
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thanks Barefoot, intense. intense city.


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Still Go Barefoot wrote:
Only 18 years ago in Birmingham Bob led Van on a wild goose chase of a Knockin'.
Made him play harmonica & kept throwing Van off guard...love it.
Van steps up nicely though. A true pro.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=i2_zzNwGaTw


That is Birmingham, England, though.


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PostPosted: Tue November 15th, 2016, 17:12 GMT 
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Sure is .
If he was playing in Birmingham UK tonight i would be there !


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PostPosted: Tue November 15th, 2016, 18:27 GMT 
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Handsomeinthefog wrote:
Still Go Barefoot wrote:
Only 18 years ago in Birmingham Bob led Van on a wild goose chase of a Knockin'.
Made him play harmonica & kept throwing Van off guard...love it.
Van steps up nicely though. A true pro.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=i2_zzNwGaTw


That is Birmingham, England, though.


Ouch.


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PostPosted: Tue November 15th, 2016, 21:37 GMT 
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Sweet Home West Midlands!


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PostPosted: Tue November 15th, 2016, 21:40 GMT 
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Handsomeinthefog wrote:
Still Go Barefoot wrote:
Only 18 years ago in Birmingham Bob led Van on a wild goose chase of a Knockin'.
Made him play harmonica & kept throwing Van off guard...love it.
Van steps up nicely though. A true pro.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=i2_zzNwGaTw


That is Birmingham, England, though.

That's awesome! Thanks Fog!


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PostPosted: Tue November 15th, 2016, 21:46 GMT 
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Last time he played here:

Concert Hall
Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center
Birmingham, Alabama
13 October 2010

1. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
2. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
3. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
4. Just Like A Woman
5. The Levee's Gonna Break
6. Tangled Up In Blue
7. Things Have Changed
8. Simple Twist Of Fate
9. Cold Irons Bound
10. Workingman's Blues #2
11. Highway 61 Revisited
12. Ain't Talkin'
13. Thunder On The Mountain
14. Ballad Of A Thin Man

15. Jolene (Bob Dylan-Robert Hunter/Bob Dylan)
16. Like A Rolling Stone


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Still Go Barefoot wrote:
Only 18 years ago in Birmingham Bob led Van on a wild goose chase of a Knockin'.
Made him play harmonica & kept throwing Van off guard...love it.
Van steps up nicely though. A true pro.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=i2_zzNwGaTw


I was there! Great days.


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PostPosted: Wed November 16th, 2016, 01:35 GMT 
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The Bard wrote:
Still Go Barefoot wrote:
Only 18 years ago in Birmingham Bob led Van on a wild goose chase of a Knockin'.
Made him play harmonica & kept throwing Van off guard...love it.
Van steps up nicely though. A true pro.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=i2_zzNwGaTw


I was there! Great days.

Those were very good Bob times.
I think we realized it then too!
I guess they all are...


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PostPosted: Wed November 16th, 2016, 02:03 GMT 
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Great vid, barefoot!

Maybe it's just that I'm off work tomorrow and 3/4ths loaded, but I'm getting a feeling that folks in Birmingham are in for something special.

Great news (to me) about the upcoming tv performance, too!!


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Great news (to me) about the upcoming tv performance, too!!


The what now?


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Nappy wrote:
smoke wrote:

Great news (to me) about the upcoming tv performance, too!!


The what now?

For the Tony Bennett TV special in December


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PostPosted: Wed November 16th, 2016, 02:30 GMT 
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It's in the opening post...it was news to me, too.


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PostPosted: Wed November 16th, 2016, 02:34 GMT 
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This thread might help explain it better


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It's in the opening post...it was news to me, too.


Oh crap, now I feel stupid.

Thanks, will be interesting to see what the song choice is.


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PostPosted: Wed November 16th, 2016, 02:55 GMT 
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Show must be about over by now.


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Still Go Barefoot wrote:
Show must be about over by now.

Only started an hour ago right?


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Nightingale's Code wrote:
Still Go Barefoot wrote:
Show must be about over by now.

Only started an hour ago right?


Depends which Birmingham...


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Location: Duluth, Minnesota
Birmingham, Alabama
Birmingham-Jefferson Concention Complex
Concert Hall
November 15, 2016

1. Things Have Changed
2. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
3. Highway 61 Revisited
4. Beyond Here Lies Nothin'
5. Full Moon And Empty Arms
6. Pay In Blood
7. Melancholy Mood
8. Duquesne Whistle
9. Love Sick
10. Tangled Up In Blue
11. High Water (For Charley Patton)
12. Why Try to Change Me Now
13. Early Roman Kings
14. I Could Have Told You
15. Desolation Row
16. Soon After Midnight
17. All Or Nothing At All
18. Long And Wasted Years
19. Autumn Leaves

(encores)
20. Blowin' In The Wind
21. Stay With Me

Thanks to Kathleen and Jayne Watson for the phone calls.

Set lists, reviews, and information on
upcoming concerts can be found on the Bob Links
Tour Infomation page located at:
http://www.boblinks.com

Bob Links Main Page:
http://www.boblinks.com


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PostPosted: Wed November 16th, 2016, 06:11 GMT 
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thanks Bill, you are intense and we love you for it

both Birmingham's are intense, I rest my case :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed November 16th, 2016, 07:00 GMT 
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and this tour is intense
I work in Virginia a few miles from the WH, everyone in town is in a mise-en-abyme scheme with their own heads



O victory forget your underwear we’re free
I’m with you in Rockland
in my dreams you walk dripping from a sea-journey on the highway across America in tears to the door of my cottage in the Western night



Johnny Rivers - July 1965 - out on Highway 61


talkin' 'bout the seventh son
In the whole wide world there is only one

And I'm the one, I'm the one
I'm the one, I'm the one
The one they call the seventh son

I can tell your future, it will come to pass
I can do things to you make your heart feel glad
Look in the sky, predict the rain
Tell when a woman's got another man

I'm the one, oh, I'm the one
I'm the one, I'm the one
The one they call the seventh son

-- Willie Dixon

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PostPosted: Wed November 16th, 2016, 11:30 GMT 
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Thank you Bill, Kathleen & Jane.
Looks like Bob's settling in, song-wise & order-wise.


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