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Fall 2017
14 October 2017
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Las Vegas, Nevada


The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino
The Chelsea

Showtime: 8:00 PM
Capacity: 3,000


This is the 58th show of the 2017 Never Ending Tour


Mavis joins after this Vegas show…

Previous 2017 shows:
28 Europe Spring
28 North America Summer
01 USA Fall
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57 Total 2017


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Mavis Staples Talks Las Vegas Shooting &
Reasserting Herself As a Voice for Change


10/12/2017 Billboard


There’s no arguing that Mavis Staples reigns supreme as one of the greatest female voices of all time. A study of her work -- both as a solo artist as well as with her legendary family -- reveals that to be very evident. There’s also no doubt that such classic songs as “Freedom Highway” and “Long Walk To D.C.” helped to define the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

However, the vocal powerhouse thought that things had changed over the years in America. But, once again, Staples is the voice of activism. Her upcoming release, If All I Was Was Black, is a reminder of her timeless talent -- and the work that still needs to be done to build relationships with our fellow man. Below, listen to “Little Bit” from the new set, which will be released Nov. 17.

She feels it makes sense to release the album at this time of year -- where hearts are a little more open.

“I think it’s very important that it comes at a time that we can all hear it before Christmas and Thanksgiving, where we can all come together,” she tells Billboard. “It’s an album that I had to make that I thought I was done doing this kind of album -- I mean, I’ll always do ‘Freedom Highway’ in my lineup because I know that my work hasn't been done yet. But, here lately, things are looking worse than they have ever looked. So, this is my way. I’m not a speaker. Music is my way of getting my point across when I want the world to know something. I have to put it in a song.”

Staples laments the feeling of divisiveness in this country right now, and hopes her voice can make a difference. “There’s just so much going on today in our world that is not right to me. We’re not loving each other the way that we should. Some people are saying that they want to make our world great again, but we’ve never lost our greatness,” she says. “There’s just so much division. This is the only way that I know to let the world know how I feel is through my songs.” For the new album, Staples once again turned to Jeff Tweedy, who produced and penned the entire album for her (Staples contributed to the writing of three of the tracks).

Of course, Staples is no stranger to difficult times. She recalls a November 1964 incident in Arkansas that left a permanent imprint on her inner psyche. “We had been stopped, and I was the driver. A service station attendant had called me the n-word, which caused my father to go inside the station. I was still in the car when I saw this young man shaking his finger in Pop’s face, that was when he clocked him. The police got us, and took us to jail. I had never been so scared in my life. They stopped us on the highway, and had our hands stretched over our heads, their dogs were barking, and they put us in three different cars. It was a moment that I just knew that I would never make it home again.”

However, things took a turn once they arrived at the jailhouse. “I’ve never been so glad to see a jail in all my life,” she recalls. “Just as we walked in, there was this black man mopping the floor who looked up and said ‘Pops Staples, whatcha doing here, and with your children?’ When Pops talked to the chief, he asked him what happened. Pops said ‘If you take me to another room, I’ll tell you what happened.’ When the chief came out of there, he said ‘Get those handcuffs off of those people. We’re trying to get this mess straightened out down here, and these young bucks are trying to keep it going.’ That was my worst time in the south, but it got better. The next time we went to Memphis, the chief got a note to Pops. We looked over to the right, and there was the chief with about twelve of his policemen.”

Trying to bring about change with her music is something that Staples has been doing for years. “We started singing in 1950, and since then, I’ve been trying to sing about peace and bringing people together.” Of course, many of their performances -- especially during the Civil Rights movement -- were with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whom Ms. Staples recalls fondly. “We met Dr. King in 1962, and when Pops met Dr. King, he said ‘if this man can preach this, we can sing it.’ My father loved him and his message. We did too, and we went to his church -- Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. We were ushered in and seated, and he acknowledged us, saying ‘it’s so good to have Pops Staples with us today along with his daughters.’ That was the time of my life.”

Perhaps the song on the new disc that best exemplifies Staples’ message of love is riveting “No Time For Crying,” which shows that there is plenty of work to do -- on all sides. “The song said there is no time for tears -- no time for crying. We got work to do. We’ve got to roll up our sleeves. We’re living in trying times,” she says, adding that with recent events such as Charlottesville and the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting, there is too much sadness and tragedy in the world.

“Look at Vegas. Look at that. I just had to stop and say ‘Lord Jesus, what is going on?’ What is happening in this world? There were 58 people killed, and something happens every day. There’s something that enters these people’s minds to make them want to do something like this. We’re in trouble. But, all I can do is all I can do. I can offer my services, and offer my voice -- my God-given voice. My father always taught me ‘Mavis, sing from your heart. If you do that, you will reach the people.' What comes from the heart reaches the heart. Every song I am singing on this album comes straight from my heart. I just want to reach the people -- I don’t care if it’s just one person. That’s somebody. Then, my work is not in vain. I just pray that we can come together and love one another the way we should. What’s the harm in love? There’s nothing more beautiful. Shine your light on your neighbors. Speak to your neighbor when you pass them by. We can all do this together.”

Of “Little Bit,” Staples says that it’s a song that gets to her. “I had to stop singing that song, and I had to shed some tears,” she confesses. “I got all choked up because it’s about this kid who was driving, and the police caught him without his license. But they said he was fighting them. It says in the song ‘My baby won’t make it home’ -- this is a mother singing about her son who didn't make it home that night. And it’s happening all over. It’s happening everywhere.”

This fall finds Staples on the road opening for someone she knows very well -- Bob Dylan. “It’s the best experience of my life. I love Bob Dylan, and I have for a long time. I met Bobby when I was sixteen years old, and now both of us are in our seventies. For him to call me, and ask me to do his tour last year, I was so excited. I was so happy. Then, he turns around and asks me again this year. I feel like a sixteen-year old girl again.”

In a 2015 documentary on her life, Mavis!, the singer revealed that Dylan once asked Pop Staples for her hand in marriage. She knows that relationship is always going to draw questions from the public, but chooses to focus on their eternal bond of friendship. “That’s the best part about it. We’ve been knowing each other all these years, and we’re still here -- and we still love each other. I’ll stand out on the side of the stage and watch his show. I’ll hear these ladies all screaming ‘Oh, Bobby, I love you.’ I’ll ask him ‘Why are those ladies calling your name like that? Don’t they know that I’m the only one who is supposed to do that?' He just cracked up and said ‘Mavis, quit acting like that,” she says, impersonating his speaking style. “But, I make him laugh a lot.”

Another musician that is very special to the Staples family is Marty Stuart, with whom she shares a musical bond -- and her father. “Marty is my baby brother. My father was Marty’s godfather. My sisters and I took him in as our brother. He’s the only one that I’ve heard who -- when he’s playing guitar, he sounds like Pop. He can play just like him. I see him on Facebook a lot, so I need to give him a call. I love Marty Stuart,” she beams.

Though it’s not on the new album, it seems that today -- more than ever -- the world needs to be taken to where The Staple Singers offered to take people when “I’ll Take You There” topped the Hot 100 in 1972. When she hears that famous intro, what goes through her mind? "Thank you, Jesus. It’s still here. You can’t miss it. When I hear the intro of that song, a big smile comes on my face. I can’t help it. I just smile. To think that it still sounds so good after all these years, and the fact that I’m still here to be hearing this is just a wonderful feeling -- the most beautiful feeling in the world.”


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PostPosted: Sat October 14th, 2017, 11:35 GMT 
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Have a great show to all those who are going, who's betting there will be a couple of changes to the set? Wonder what the odds are?


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PostPosted: Sat October 14th, 2017, 18:10 GMT 
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dvdunplugged wrote:
...who's betting there will be a couple of changes to the set? Wonder what the odds are?

Slight to slim?
Have fun everyone, yes, enjoy!


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PostPosted: Sat October 14th, 2017, 20:18 GMT 
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Saturday, October 14, 2017 (PDT)
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I have a feeling that Misissipi is gonna get played tonight. fingers crossed!!!


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^^ that would be awesome !!


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guitar decals for these new arrangements


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PostPosted: Sun October 15th, 2017, 04:01 GMT 
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That looks like a great Set List, Schoolie!


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The Cosmo is a great hotel/casino/resort. Part of me wishes I had made the short flight to Vegas.


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Same songs as last night, different order, better sound. Bob looks and sounds great. Tremendous performance.


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PostPosted: Sun October 15th, 2017, 04:33 GMT 
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Still Go Barefoot wrote:
That looks like a great Set List, Schoolie!


:lol: barefoot!


thanks so much country pie, great!


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PostPosted: Sun October 15th, 2017, 05:01 GMT 

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Location: Duluth, Minnesota
Las Vegas Nevada
The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino
The Chelsea
October 14, 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. Tryin' To Get To Heaven
8. Honest With Me
9. Where Is The One
10. Pay In Blood
11. September Of My Years
12. Tangled Up In Blue
13. Early Roman Kings
14. Soon After Midnight
15. Desolation Row
16. Thunder On The Mountain
17. Autumn Leaves
18. Long And Wasted Years

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

Thanks to Laurette Maillet and Jeff Myers
for the phone calls and Bill for the email.

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: Sun October 15th, 2017, 05:25 GMT 
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Thank you Bill, Laurette & Jeff!


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The last time I saw/listened to Bob was at the same venue a year ago. I found the performance to be quite refreshing. The rendition of Summer Days was fantastic. TUIB not so much...


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The new arrangement of TUIB is a train wreck. Up-tempo Things Have Changed is great with instrumental breaks at the end. It Ain't Me Babe is plodding, at the piano, doesn't quite get off the ground, lyric flubs both nights. Summer Days is like the summer version, a hoedown. Trying to Get to Heaven is completely stripped of its great original melody, doesn't really work. Honest With Me is up-tempo with one line right after the other, really rocked tonight. The new arrangement of ERK also has instrumental breaks at the and was again tremendous. Thunder on the Mountain was much better tonight, again a new arrangement with minimal chord changes, really rocked. Autumn Leaves was again stunning. Long and Wasted Years messed up worse than last night about when to come back with the chord progression after the first verse. Bob wore the same somewhat glittery black leather-looking jacket with white cowboy boots, no hat. The band wore matching blue suits. Charlie looks and sounds tremendous. Stu now resembles a gunslinger. Great sound, the keyboards up in the mix, great sounding vocals.


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I suppose the question is will the set-list get shorter when Mavis Staples joins as support for the rest of the tour?


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lovethatcountrypie wrote:
Bob wore the same somewhat glittery black leather-looking jacket with white cowboy boots, no hat.


No hat again !! :shock:
I need to PM dylanswife :lol:

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The new arrangement of TUIB is a train wreck. Up-tempo Things Have Changed is great with instrumental breaks at the end. It Ain't Me Babe is plodding, at the piano, doesn't quite get off the ground, lyric flubs both nights. Summer Days is like the summer version, a hoedown. Trying to Get to Heaven is completely stripped of its great original melody, doesn't really work. Honest With Me is up-tempo with one line right after the other, really rocked tonight. The new arrangement of ERK also has instrumental breaks at the and was again tremendous. Thunder on the Mountain was much better tonight, again a new arrangement with minimal chord changes, really rocked. Autumn Leaves was again stunning. Long and Wasted Years messed up worse than last night about when to come back with the chord progression after the first verse. Bob wore the same somewhat glittery black leather-looking jacket with white cowboy boots, no hat. The band wore matching blue suits. Charlie looks and sounds tremendous. Stu now resembles a gunslinger. Great sound, the keyboards up in the mix, great sounding vocals.


Thanks Pie.
Appreciating the on-the-ground observations by those attending!

dvdunplugged wrote:
I suppose the question is will the set-list get shorter when Mavis Staples joins as support for the rest of the tour?

It seems that last time Mavis opened, the shows were a pretty normal length.
Of course, the American Standards are each pretty short, so the list may “look” longer than it really is.


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No hat again !! :shock:
I need to PM dylanswife :lol:

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I think he’s showing off his new plugs and dye. :o Things may change once Mavis joins the tour.


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Just made it back home from the very quick trip to Vegas to catch this show. Like most Vegas hotels, the Cosmopolitan was somewhat tricky to figure out. We did arrive at the box office to pick up our "will call only" tickets a little after 7:30. The line, however, was fairly long and would only get worse as time passed. The venue workers were clearly frustrated at how many people were in this line, at one point even asking out loud, "why do so many of you have will call only tickets?" This certainly seems to suggest that Bob's people are the ones who make this determination, but who knows...

By the time we got our tickets and went up the elevator to the actual theater and then worked through security with metal detectors (not sure if any of this was put in place after the mass shooting a couple of weeks ago or if it is standard procedure), there was another long line (200 people or more) just trying to get inside. But Bob was ready to go, so we unfortunately had to be some of those people still getting into their seats during the first verse of THC.

With all of that behind us, I have to say that this was my favorite Bob show for many years. With the exception of the Sinatra songs (I know they have their own charm, and I can sometimes appreciate that, but they really do zap the energy), things were so much more alive and exciting. I'm sure that I'm wrong about this, but there have been shows over the last many years (at least back to the Duke days) at which I wasn't sure George ever played anything other than brushes. Last night, he seemed much more forceful (not just in using sticks but in his style, which seemed liberated); his solo was great, and it was just one example of the band getting to be more explicitly in the spotlight again. I thought back to those days with Larry and Charlie trading solos circa 2002.

I really enjoyed IAMB; the arrangement reminded me of Riviera (Chicago) 2004; it was not quite as spooky as that earlier show, but it was one of the highlights for me. As others have noted, TUIB and TTGTH had really wild arrangements that didn't always seem to work, although that might just be because of our familiarity with earlier versions; once I could get in the flow of things, I came to really enjoy the new style, and I always appreciate Bob's effort when he wants to rework things.

Also as others have mentioned, the new arrangements for HWM and TOTM were a blast, especially the latter. I would have never predicted that TOTM would be a highlight for me, but it was absolutely exhilarating. This was my first chance to hear the new Summer Days live, and I loved it. After those Larry/Charlie days, the song always felt like a letdown....until now. It was fresh and really fun. And I don't think that I will ever be anything but euphoric to hear Desolation Row, so that was another big highlight.

With all of the craziness to start the evening, I had to roll the dice on getting a poster at the end of the show. And given my luck, they sold out and were trying to sell posters from the California show the night before (good thing I didn't take my misfortune to the casino floors). So now I will have to turn to ebay to try to get the poster from last night (along with the 8 other shows at which I did not secure a poster).

I can't wait to see how things progress by the time I go to the Ames show. For that concert, my seats are 12 rows back (thank you, Ticketmaster), but I'll at least be able to see the band and Bob better (up front on the piano side last night, so I couldn't see Bob for most of the Sinatra tunes, and I also couldn't watch Charlie very well). I hope everyone else enjoys the shows this tour as much as I enjoyed last night.....grave


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Thanks for the review & thoughts, Grave.
Glad it worked out for you!


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Just made it back home from the very quick trip to Vegas to catch this show. Like most Vegas hotels, the Cosmopolitan was somewhat tricky to figure out. We did arrive at the box office to pick up our "will call only" tickets a little after 7:30. The line, however, was fairly long and would only get worse as time passed. The venue workers were clearly frustrated at how many people were in this line, at one point even asking out loud, "why do so many of you have will call only tickets?" This certainly seems to suggest that Bob's people are the ones who make this determination, but who knows...

By the time we got our tickets and went up the elevator to the actual theater and then worked through security with metal detectors (not sure if any of this was put in place after the mass shooting a couple of weeks ago or if it is standard procedure), there was another long line (200 people or more) just trying to get inside. But Bob was ready to go, so we unfortunately had to be some of those people still getting into their seats during the first verse of THC.

With all of that behind us, I have to say that this was my favorite Bob show for many years. With the exception of the Sinatra songs (I know they have their own charm, and I can sometimes appreciate that, but they really do zap the energy), things were so much more alive and exciting. I'm sure that I'm wrong about this, but there have been shows over the last many years (at least back to the Duke days) at which I wasn't sure George ever played anything other than brushes. Last night, he seemed much more forceful (not just in using sticks but in his style, which seemed liberated); his solo was great, and it was just one example of the band getting to be more explicitly in the spotlight again. I thought back to those days with Larry and Charlie trading solos circa 2002.

I really enjoyed IAMB; the arrangement reminded me of Riviera (Chicago) 2004; it was not quite as spooky as that earlier show, but it was one of the highlights for me. As others have noted, TUIB and TTGTH had really wild arrangements that didn't always seem to work, although that might just be because of our familiarity with earlier versions; once I could get in the flow of things, I came to really enjoy the new style, and I always appreciate Bob's effort when he wants to rework things.

Also as others have mentioned, the new arrangements for HWM and TOTM were a blast, especially the latter. I would have never predicted that TOTM would be a highlight for me, but it was absolutely exhilarating. This was my first chance to hear the new Summer Days live, and I loved it. After those Larry/Charlie days, the song always felt like a letdown....until now. It was fresh and really fun. And I don't think that I will ever be anything but euphoric to hear Desolation Row, so that was another big highlight.

With all of the craziness to start the evening, I had to roll the dice on getting a poster at the end of the show. And given my luck, they sold out and were trying to sell posters from the California show the night before (good thing I didn't take my misfortune to the casino floors). So now I will have to turn to ebay to try to get the poster from last night (along with the 8 other shows at which I did not secure a poster).

I can't wait to see how things progress by the time I go to the Ames show. For that concert, my seats are 12 rows back (thank you, Ticketmaster), but I'll at least be able to see the band and Bob better (up front on the piano side last night, so I couldn't see Bob for most of the Sinatra tunes, and I also couldn't watch Charlie very well). I hope everyone else enjoys the shows this tour as much as I enjoyed last night.....grave


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