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PostPosted: Sun November 12th, 2017, 18:34 GMT 
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Theater Show
18 November 2017
Friday

Buffalo, New York

Shea's Buffalo Theatre
Showtime: 7:30 PM
Capacity: 3,040


This is the 79th show of the 2017 Never Ending Tour


with special guest Mavis Staples

Previous 2017 shows:
28 Europe Spring
28 North America Summer
22 USA Fall
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78 Total 2017


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Dylan hits town amid a flurry of new works devoted to him

Gusto- by Jeff Miers

Bob Dylan & His Band play Shea’s on Nov. 18

Bob Dylan tours incessantly, and he stumbles through the Western New York region on nearly every tour cycle. He's been doing so for decades. You'd think by now another Dylan-in-Buffalo show – this one at Shea's Performing Arts Center on Saturday Nov. 18 – would be no big deal, something even a Dylan-head could sleep on without suffering any chinks in their fandom armor.

And yet, it's still an event that smacks of import.

In his just published text "Why Bob Dylan Matters," Harvard Professor of the Classics Richard F. Thomas name-checks Sappho, Catullus, Horace and Ovid as "the brilliant lyric poets and love poets whose work captures what it means to live and love, to win and lose, to grieve and celebrate, and to grow old and die." Thomas is talking about the epic poets whose work forms the core of his own considerable scholarship. But he could just as easily be talking about Dylan.

Thomas, as it turns out, is a Dylan fanatic, and he considers the gruff-voiced crooner to be a man whose work is "incapable of being contained by time or place."

Hardly the first scholar to cop to a lifelong love affair with Dylan's work, Thomas is certainly one of the more cogent, precisely because his belief that Dylan has a seat at the table with the likes of Homer is presented as a prima facie fact, his ground zero as a writer and thinker.

Good timing for Thomas, then, for a flurry of new works dedicated to Dylanology have hit the streets concurrent with "Why Bob Dylan Matters."

One could all but hear the collective groan of serious Academia when Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016, becoming the first American musician to do so. Surely, this was some sort of joke at the expense of American writers, they coughed, collectively. But it wasn't. And Dylan, after some typically inscrutable conduct surrounding the acceptance of the award, did indeed deliver an acceptance lecture, one that reads like Mark Twain as interpreted by Saturday Night Live's "Drunk Uncle."

Prior to the book-form publication of his remarks, Dylan recorded his speech over a faint backdrop of noir-ish lounge-jazz piano, and the audible evidence suggests he was enjoying both the topic and the cadences of his own inimitable delivery. It's a hoot, but it's also heavy – Dylan is able here to make connections between the vernacular of old, weird American music, rock 'n' roll, and serious literature in a way that so many of his journalistic observers, this one included, have never been able to.

"You know what it’s all about," he writes. "Takin’ the pistol out and puttin’ it back in your pocket. Whippin’ your way through traffic, talkin’ in the dark. You know that Stagger Lee was a bad man and that Frankie was a good girl. You know that Washington is a bourgeois town and you’ve heard the deep-pitched voice of John the Revelator and you saw the Titanic sink in a boggy creek. And you’re pals with the wild Irish rover and the wild colonial boy. You heard the muffled drums and the fifes that played lowly. You’ve seen the lusty Lord Donald stick a knife in his wife, and a lot of your comrades have been wrapped in white linen."

I mean, come on. You could spend a few years unpacking this single paragraph. It's dense, yes, and it's playful, but it's also as serious as a heart attack.

Concurrent with the publication of "Bob Dylan: The Nobel Lecture" comes "Bob Dylan: 100 Songs," a smartly curated collection of inspired lyrics that is meant to say "Hey, look, this guy really is deserving of the Nobel."

If that doesn’t do the trick, then the equally fascinating "Bob Dylan: The Essential Interviews," edited by Dylan scholar Jonathan Cott, certainly should. In interviews spanning 50 years, Dylan proves himself to be at turns obtuse and revealing, humble and gruffly dismissive, highfalutin and grounded in earthy vernacular, sublime and absurd. Dylan's interviews are high art, Shakespeare dressed as Charlie Chaplin delivering a Hobo's lament. His best interviews are on equal footing with his best songs.

At the heart of all of this Dylan-related activity is "Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13: 1979-1981." There's a reason this meaty multi-disc collection lands with such an imposing thud on the table of the Dylan-head, for it is in essence a collection of stone tablets documenting sermons from on high, delivered to an audience who may or may not have been a bit high themselves. Yes, friends, this set might have been dubbed "Dylan: The Jesus Years," for it documents a period many fans would be fine with forgetting – that time when Dylan heard, to borrow his own words, "the deep-pitched voice of John the Revelator" and felt it his duty to paraphrase John's thoughts in the Book of Revelation in the stern and stentorian cadences of a street preacher. Take that, ye hippies!

That Dylan, who had appeared previously to be an open-minded, perhaps even liberal, if not downright revolutionary thinker was now making like Jerry Falwell with a guitar was (and still is) just plain too much for many fans to accept. I never really minded any of it. If one had to suffer through a few decidedly judgmental on-stage rants and a "God Gave Names to All the Animals" or "When He Returns" in order to get to a "Gotta Serve Somebody" and "Every Grain of Sand," so be it. Clearly, Dylan was wrestling with something here. Just as clearly, he emerged on the other side of it a better writer and perhaps even a better man.

Will "Born-again Bob" make an appearance at Shea's? Doubtful. Dylan is not one to push his latest "product," and he's not the same man he was in 1980. Look instead for another sturdy, workman-like and at least occasionally inspired performance.

And expect to, in the words of Thomas, feel, at least for a few moments, "what it means to live and love, to win and lose, to grieve and celebrate."

Bob Dylan & His Band, Shea's Performing Arts Center, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.

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The bison from Buffalo confuse other bison from Buffalo who confuse the bison from Buffalo to the nth degree


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PostPosted: Sat November 18th, 2017, 18:20 GMT 

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Shuffling off to Buffalo.


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PostPosted: Sun November 19th, 2017, 01:37 GMT 

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I have a good joke, Australians might know it!
What's the difference between a 'buffalo' and a 'bison'?
Answer: a bison is what you wash your face (insert fake Australian accent here) in.
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PostPosted: Sun November 19th, 2017, 03:22 GMT 

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Location: Duluth, Minnesota
Buffalo, New York
Shea's Buffalo Theatre
November 18, 2017

1. Things Have Changed
2. It Ain't Me, Babe
3. Highway 61 Revisited
4. Why Try To Change Me Now
5. Summer Days
6. Melancholy Mood
7. Honest With Me
8. Tryin' To Get To Heaven
9. Once Upon A Time
10. Pay In Blood
11. Tangled Up In Blue
12. Soon After Midnight
13. Early Roman Kings
14. Scarlet Town
15. Desolation Row
16. Thunder On The Mountain
17. Autumn Leaves
18. Love Sick

(encore)
19. Blowin' In The Wind
20. Ballad Of A Thin Man

Thanks to Jayne Watson for the phone call

Set lists, reviews, and information on
upcoming concerts can be found on the Bob Links
Tour Infomation page located at:
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PostPosted: Sun November 19th, 2017, 03:42 GMT 
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Thanks Bill, still down to 4 standards.


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PostPosted: Sun November 19th, 2017, 13:13 GMT 
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bella wrote:
I have a good joke, Australians might know it!
What's the difference between a 'buffalo' and a 'bison'?
Answer: a bison is what you wash your face (insert fake Australian accent here) in.
:lol:

I always thought it was the last thing the Buffalo said to his kid when he headed off to college:
“Bison.”


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PostPosted: Sun November 19th, 2017, 13:28 GMT 
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Still Go Barefoot wrote:
bella wrote:
I have a good joke, Australians might know it!
What's the difference between a 'buffalo' and a 'bison'?
Answer: a bison is what you wash your face (insert fake Australian accent here) in.
:lol:

I always thought it was the last thing the Buffalo said to his kid when he headed off to college:
“Bison.”


If ya'll would only post these things early enough before each show, Bob might be able to use some of it for that banter so many *fans* are clamoring for. Maybe he's just short of material. :lol:

Has there ever been a thread started for "proposed" Bob banter? (with tongue firmly in cheek, of course.)


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PostPosted: Sun November 19th, 2017, 23:26 GMT 

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Made it to Broomfield, Omaha, Ames, Boston, Albany and Buffalo. Broomfield was a memorable show. High energy, great crowd and of course learning to fly! Omaha had lots of sections curtained off and the crowd was on the quiet side. I enjoyed the performance but the whole vibe of the place was off. Ames was up a few notches from the night before. Security somewhat tight getting in but all in all a fine evening. Was nice to have my son and his uncle along with me in Boston. They hadn't seen Bob in a few years. Things have changed. The Palace at Albany was just a beautiful venue. Couldn't help but look up and around at the craftsmanship. That beautiful backdrop for Soon After Midnight was missing for this show but it was back for Buffalo. Shea's Buffalo is another beautiful theatre and it suited Bob and the band well. They sold out of posters at this show. Mavis was a joy to hear at each show. She has big energy and mixed up the set lists nicely. I've seen Bob's current set list or close to it about a dozen times now and I keep coming back. I just dig it. Two enjoyable Bob road trips. Freedom is a wonderful thing!


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PostPosted: Sun November 19th, 2017, 23:37 GMT 
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swazy lane wrote:
Made it to Broomfield, Omaha, Ames, Boston, Albany and Buffalo. Broomfield was a memorable show. High energy, great crowd and of course learning to fly! Omaha had lots of sections curtained off and the crowd was on the quiet side. I enjoyed the performance but the whole vibe of the place was off. Ames was up a few notches from the night before. Security somewhat tight getting in but all in all a fine evening. Was nice to have my son and his uncle along with me in Boston. They hadn't seen Bob in a few years. Things have changed. The Palace at Albany was just a beautiful venue. Couldn't help but look up and around at the craftsmanship. That beautiful backdrop for Soon After Midnight was missing for this show but it was back for Buffalo. Shea's Buffalo is another beautiful theatre and it suited Bob and the band well. They sold out of posters at this show. Mavis was a joy to hear at each show. She has big energy and mixed up the set lists nicely. I've seen Bob's current set list or close to it about a dozen times now and I keep coming back. I just dig it. Two enjoyable Bob road trips. Freedom is a wonderful thing!


That's what we're talkin' 'bout!
Welcome to ER, Swazy!

Glad to hear you've made it to such a wide swath of shows & venues this Fall.
Apparently Freedom is more than just another word for nothing left to lose.

Very happy for you! Hope to hear more.


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PostPosted: Mon November 20th, 2017, 08:12 GMT 
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to brotherhood now and forever. congrats to all here and on busses and trucks on getting to Broadway!


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:lol: :lol: @25:20 summer days gets the nod https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Hn_PSW2Hr4

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