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PostPosted: Wed December 13th, 2017, 17:05 GMT 

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I've been thinking about seeing Bob live at some point next spring, and if I do I might end up going to a show in a large arena. For those who have been before, do Bob's shows work in such big spaces? I saw him last year in a small theatre and it was great, but I'm curious as to whether the shows still come across well in the large venues.


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PostPosted: Wed December 13th, 2017, 19:27 GMT 

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My experience over the last 40 years (‘78-17)...no.
The larger venues diminished my identification with the artist’s work.
Large gatherings are for political rallies, sporting events or storming the Bastille.


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PostPosted: Wed December 13th, 2017, 21:55 GMT 

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Unless you're close, without big screens, no.


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PostPosted: Wed December 13th, 2017, 22:30 GMT 
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A small venue is better than a large one, but a large venue is better than not seeing him at all!

I had not been a fan of outdoor shows, but I saw him in Mainz 2015 and loved it. Had a fantastic seat (thanks to the kindness of a fellow fan) and that made all the difference.


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PostPosted: Wed December 13th, 2017, 23:11 GMT 
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TimEdgeworth1 wrote:
I've been thinking about seeing Bob live at some point next spring, and if I do I might end up going to a show in a large arena. For those who have been before, do Bob's shows work in such big spaces? I saw him last year in a small theatre and it was great, but I'm curious as to whether the shows still come across well in the large venues.


Depends on where you sit/stand. If you are close to the stage, it does not really matter how large the rest of the venue is. Some of the best Dylan shows I have attended took place at large venues. But you need to be close to the stage.


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PostPosted: Wed December 13th, 2017, 23:14 GMT 
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The Bard wrote:
A (...) large venue is better than not seeing him at all!


Very true.

The Bard wrote:
I had not been a fan of outdoor shows, but I saw him in Mainz 2015 and loved it. Had a fantastic seat (thanks to the kindness of a fellow fan) and that made all the difference.


Mainz 2015 is a good example of a great show at large venue.


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PostPosted: Wed December 13th, 2017, 23:15 GMT 
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My Echo, My Shadow And Me wrote:
Depends on where you sit/stand. If you are close to the stage, it does not really matter how large the rest of the venue is. Some of the best Dylan shows I have attended took place at large venues. But you need to be close to the stage.

Bingo.


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PostPosted: Wed December 13th, 2017, 23:21 GMT 

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Are outdoor venues less expensive? I've never been to one before


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PostPosted: Wed December 13th, 2017, 23:38 GMT 
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It depends... A small outdoor venue will be expensive for sure.


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PostPosted: Thu December 14th, 2017, 02:36 GMT 
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Depends on what you define as expensive and how you obtain your seat.
You can always get in cheap if you’re not picky, regardless of the venue.
Some are more challenging than others.
Usually urban venues are bit more of a pain in the arse, for instance.


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PostPosted: Thu December 14th, 2017, 04:24 GMT 

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Some of the greatest shows I've been to have been at large venues. The sound can be incredible depending on where you're positioned.


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PostPosted: Thu December 14th, 2017, 10:40 GMT 

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Biggest venue I have seen him in was the SECC in Glasgow about a 8,500 capacity, one of the worst venue's for any gig, although the 4 times i seen bob there i have no complaints


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PostPosted: Thu December 14th, 2017, 11:11 GMT 

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does it really matter how many people are sitting or standing behind you?

I've seen great show in large venues as well as rather poor shows in small venues


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PostPosted: Thu December 14th, 2017, 11:17 GMT 
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I think he struggles more in giant venues in terms of sound equipment. Most of the time, it ends up being muddy and disappointing (the big festival and football stadiums are unfortunate examples, with the notable exception of Desert Trip in 2016).
For small outdoor gigs, Bob is just incredible, especially with the current sound. I remember well the 2015 Europe Summer Festival Tour has a succession of perfect nights (Mainz, Tubingen, Lucca, Albi, Locarno, Lörrach).


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PostPosted: Thu December 14th, 2017, 14:57 GMT 

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Thanks for the feedback everyone!

slewan wrote:
does it really matter how many people are sitting or standing behind you?

Not at all, I was concerned about whether or not the show would a still be enjoyable from a distance, in the event that I was unable to get tickets close to the stage.


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PostPosted: Thu December 14th, 2017, 15:36 GMT 

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good seats are a must at this stage in the game, regardless of venue.


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PostPosted: Thu December 14th, 2017, 20:03 GMT 

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TimEdgeworth1 wrote:
Thanks for the feedback everyone!

slewan wrote:
does it really matter how many people are sitting or standing behind you?

Not at all, I was concerned about whether or not the show would a still be enjoyable from a distance, in the event that I was unable to get tickets close to the stage.


acctually I saw Bob Dylan very few times from a distance. But to be far away from stage won't be very enjoyable since there are no video screens. Thus I would not hestiate to spend some more money to get closer to stage


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