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PostPosted: Sat May 6th, 2017, 04:27 GMT 
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One Night!

Tuesday
9 May 2017

London, England



The SSE Arena, Wembley
Capacity: 12,500
Showtime: 6:30 PM

This is the 27th show of the 2017 Never Ending Tour



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Blast from the Past
Bob Dylan Back in Peak Form
London show brings to mind his 'Blonde on Blonde' days


By Johnathan Cott
August 16, 1984


It was his biggest concert in England since the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival, and Bob Dylan, appearing before 72,000 people at London's open-air Wembley Stadium on the evening of July 7th, 1984 turned it into one of the highlights of his performing career.

The show was Dylan's next-to-last appearance on a twenty-five-date European tour, and as he sat backstage before the concert, he seemed positively relaxed, cheerfully greeting such old friends and musical colleagues as Mick Jagger, Mark Knopfler, Chrissie Hynde, Steve Winwood, Van Morrison and Eric Clapton. But when Dylan bounded out onstage later that evening, wearing a black frock coat and sporting a shock of wild, curly hair, he looked, from a distance, like nothing less than a holy man possessed. And from the moment he and his band (ex-Faces' keyboard player Ian McLagan, ex-Stone the Crows drummer Colin Allen, bassist Greg Sutton and ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor) broke into an electrifying Chuck Berryish version of "Highway 61," it was clear that Dylan was once again a devoted rock & roller. Moreover, his voice – full of passionate declamations and dramatic vocal leaps, and displaying an emotional palette that ranged from proud anger to unabashed tenderness – immediately brought his audience back to the days of Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde.

During his two-and-a-half-hour performance, Dylan sang twenty-five songs. The first part of the concert included excellent renditions of three tracks from his recent Infidels album: "Jokerman," "I and I" and "License to Kill." But Dylan and the band were most impressive in the way they gave new life to his older songs, turning "Just like a Woman" into a rollicking waltz, "Simple Twist of Fate" into a sensual rock samba, "Every Grain of Sand" into a haunted Basement Tapes meditation and "Maggie's Farm" – with the rhythmic riff of "Obviously Five Believers" – into a sardonic and fierce protest song (lately the unofficial anthem of "Maggie" Thatcher's opposition, the British Labour party).

Dylan also performed three acoustic numbers: a gentle version of "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," a folk- and bluegrass-tinged rendition of "Tangled Up in Blue" and a searing reinterpretation of "It's Alright, Ma." With only his guitar and harmonica, Dylan somehow made the vast spaces of Wembley Stadium shrink into what seemed like an intimate circle around a campfire, as the crowd accompanied him in the refrains to each of these songs.

The audience continued to sing along when Dylan brought the band back to conclude the first part of the concert with an ecstatic version of "Like a Rolling Stone."

For his encore, Dylan did three more acoustic numbers: "Mr. Tambourine Man," "Girl From the North Country" and "It Ain't Me Babe." Then, from out of the wings, the band reemerged, along with Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Chrissie Hynde, and the entire entourage proceeded to give an amazing performance of "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat." As if that weren't enough, Van Morrison joined everyone onstage and sang a soulful, unsurpassable version of "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," with Chrissie Hynde and Dylan providing backup vocals. After receiving a tremendous ovation, Morrison left the stage, and the remaining musicians launched into high-powered performances of "Tombstone Blues," "Senor," "The Times They are A-Changin' " and, finally, "Blowin' in the Wind."

Thousands of people danced, and matches were lit. A half moon appeared, then one nearby star.

This story is from the August 16th, 1984 issue of Rolling Stone.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ ... m-19840816


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PostPosted: Sat May 6th, 2017, 16:47 GMT 
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My last Dylan show of this tour. I'm looking forward to it but know that in six month's time I'll have severe withdrawal problems again. The Arena are now selling tickets right at the rear of the hall so it looks like a big crowd are going to be in attendance. I wonder if he is going to treat them to something special?


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PostPosted: Sun May 7th, 2017, 22:16 GMT 
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dvdunplugged wrote:
...in six month's time I'll have severe withdrawal problems again.


4+ years of basically the same show, over & over, kinda waters down the withdrawal pangs considerably though.


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PostPosted: Mon May 8th, 2017, 07:10 GMT 
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I guess that's true, but there's always something at a Dylan gig to keep you occupied.


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PostPosted: Mon May 8th, 2017, 11:11 GMT 
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Yes, it's a balancing act and usually well worth it to be there in-person.


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PostPosted: Mon May 8th, 2017, 12:17 GMT 
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See my most recent post to the Nottingham Live Set List topic for things to do if you get bored. If all else fails have another beer!


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PostPosted: Mon May 8th, 2017, 13:06 GMT 
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My morbid fascination meter is tingling.


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PostPosted: Mon May 8th, 2017, 15:36 GMT 
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Just posted in the "tickets wanted" thread but also wanted to try here.
Looking for a pair of tickets in decent (or semi-decent) location. Can pay via Paypal and/or can pick up tomrorow.
Let me know if you are selling or know anyone who is.
Thanks!
Sean Miguel


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PostPosted: Tue May 9th, 2017, 12:30 GMT 
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Last time he played here:

Wembley Arena
London, England
16 April 2007

1. Cat's In The Well
2. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
3. Watching The River Flow
4. It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
5. The Levee's Gonna Break
6. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
7. Rollin' And Tumblin'
8. Spirit On The Water
9. Highway 61 Revisited
10. John Brown
11. When The Deal Goes Down
12. Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)
13. Ain't Talkin'
14. Summer Days
15. Like A Rolling Stone

16. Thunder On The Mountain
17. All Along The Watchtower

10 years, although I'm not complaining - an inadequate venue for Bob, in my opinion, being cavernous and overwhelming. First 4 numbers featured Bob on guitar after several years spent almost exclusively perched behind an electric piano/keyboard. Very much the 'Modern Times' supporting tour, with 6 of the 10 numbers from that album featured here.


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PostPosted: Tue May 9th, 2017, 12:52 GMT 
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Well if he did the same set tonight, maybe replacing Spirit On The Water with Love Sick and incorporating 4 of the Tempest songs I wouldn't complain. Change is as good as a rest but he seems programmed! We want something different!


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PostPosted: Tue May 9th, 2017, 13:03 GMT 

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Oneofusmustknow wrote:
Last time he played here:

Wembley Arena
London, England
16 April 2007

1. Cat's In The Well
2. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
3. Watching The River Flow
4. It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
5. The Levee's Gonna Break
6. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
7. Rollin' And Tumblin'
8. Spirit On The Water
9. Highway 61 Revisited
10. John Brown
11. When The Deal Goes Down
12. Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)
13. Ain't Talkin'
14. Summer Days
15. Like A Rolling Stone

16. Thunder On The Mountain
17. All Along The Watchtower

10 years, although I'm not complaining - an inadequate venue for Bob, in my opinion, being cavernous and overwhelming. First 4 numbers featured Bob on guitar after several years spent almost exclusively perched behind an electric piano/keyboard. Very much the 'Modern Times' supporting tour, with 6 of the 10 numbers from that album featured here.


This was when Ain't Talkin' was just starting to appear, very occasionally replacing Nettie Moore on the setlist for the spring tour.

I went to Birmingham the next day hoping for Ain't Talkin' but expecting Nettie Moore, after Talkin' was played in London the previous night. So it was a great surprise to hear Ain't Talkin' in Birmingham. One of the best performances, too. Also Hollis Brown and the first Workin' Man's Blues with Bob on guitar. Worth getting the Crystal Cat bootleg, A+ sound quality.

This was the last tour until 2013 when I bothered to listen to any amount of recordings, his singing and the band arrangements started to deteriorate after this point for some reason.


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PostPosted: Tue May 9th, 2017, 14:44 GMT 
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Here's hoping for "Jolene"


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PostPosted: Tue May 9th, 2017, 15:36 GMT 
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shooting_star_night wrote:
Here's hoping for "Jolene"


Jesus no.


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PostPosted: Tue May 9th, 2017, 18:14 GMT 
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Perhaps 'Nadine' or 'Justine' though.


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PostPosted: Tue May 9th, 2017, 18:31 GMT 
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Have a good show everyone!


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PostPosted: Tue May 9th, 2017, 18:59 GMT 

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I enjoyed - despite the size and nature of the venue - the 03 and 1st 07 gigs (2nd 07 night wasn't a patch on the first alas). Hope this evening's is enjoyed by all ER attendees.


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PostPosted: Tue May 9th, 2017, 19:18 GMT 
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McG wrote:
shooting_star_night wrote:
Here's hoping for "Jolene"


Jesus no.


:lol:


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PostPosted: Tue May 9th, 2017, 19:36 GMT 
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Any hat news from London ? :shock:

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PostPosted: Tue May 9th, 2017, 20:12 GMT 
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man on a bridge wrote:
Any hat news from London ? :shock:

moab


Only news so far is good ol' Foogy Dew and that Things Have (Not) Changed.


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PostPosted: Tue May 9th, 2017, 20:21 GMT 

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man on a bridge wrote:
Any hat news from London ? :shock:

moab


You mean Matt News?


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PostPosted: Tue May 9th, 2017, 21:00 GMT 

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The SSE Arena, Wembley
May 9, 2017

1. Things Have Changed
2. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
3. Highway 61 Revisited
4. Beyond Here Lies Nothin'
5. Why Try To Change Me Now
6. Pay In Blood
7. Melancholy Mood
8. Duquesne Whistle
9. Stormy Weather
10. Tangled Up In Blue
11. Early Roman Kings
12. Spirit On The Water
13. Love Sick
14. All Or Nothing At All
15. Desolation Row
16. Soon After Midnight
17. That Old Black Magic
18. Long And Wasted Years
19. Autumn Leaves

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

Thanks to Hermann Rechberger and Harold Hix for the emails.

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: Tue May 9th, 2017, 21:02 GMT 
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45 second video of Thin Man found on Twitter just now

https://twitter.com/BillyHayes_CWU/status/862049201559138304


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PostPosted: Tue May 9th, 2017, 21:17 GMT 
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Bob Dylan has become the Ken Barlow of music.


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PostPosted: Tue May 9th, 2017, 21:53 GMT 
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McG wrote:
Bob Dylan has become the Ken Barlow of music.


Knew you'd love it. Cheers. :P


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A very strong performance, I rated the first 6 or 7 songs as good as Bournemouth. Hat news - it was ON for THC. it was OFF for DTTIA, HW61 and BHLN. It was ON again for WTTCMN. After that I can't really remember - it was OFF for Tangled. Still can't find anything nice to say about Stormy Weather though, wouldn't matter to me if it was ON or OFF or if he had an umbrella, Gene Kelly style Singing In The Rain. Love Sick he again did sitting at the piano. I was in one of the front rows of Block B3, at the end of Autumn Leaves I stood in the aisle applauding and joined the stage rush to the front, got to about nine rows from the front of stage. Thin Man was majestic. The audience was much more vocal than Bournemouth, I really enjoyed.


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