Bob Dylan 2000.03.14 in Göteborg
From: Johnny Borgan (Johnny.Borgan@ephorma.no) Subject: Gothenburg. Date: Mon, 15 May 2000 13:38:25 +0200 Hi Bill! After a very good show in Lund, the expectations rised above earlier hights before the Gothenburg show. Nevertheless - I was schocked! Dylan's vocal was crispy clear and focused from the first line of "Roving Gambler" and throughout the show. He was more into the show, smiled more often, and the guitarplaying was really great, acoustic and electric (of course with a few exceptions....). "Boots Of Spanish Leather" was the first really outstanding song, a very tender and heartfelt version. "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" the same, with a beautiful harmonica solo at the end. He delivered a perfect "All Along The Watchtower", but more surprising was the definitive version and arrangement of "Drifter's Escape" - the whole audience rocked with this one. In "Tell Me That It Isn't True" Dylan breathes thirty years of experience into the beautiful ballad, and gives it new depths. "Can't Wait" is a new song to, though just three years old - it changes from tough blues to a melancholic ballad. Beautiful! One of the real highlights of the evening was when Dylan, after singing a great version of "Don't Think Twice", leaves the guitar at the back of the stage, and with one hand waving free, plays the harmonica for two full verses - standing ovations from an overwhelmed audience. Dylan even returned to stage after "Rainy Day Women" - which is proving that even Bob himself thought this was something really special. In Gothenburg Dylan broke across the borderline, and on a scale from 1 to 6, this was an obvious 7! Johnny Borgan
Three Concerts, Two Dogs and The One And Only Horsens by Karl Erik Andersen From: Anders Fajersson (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Göteborg Date: Thu, 18 May 2000 15:26:27 +0200 Hi here is my short review of Bob's Gothenborg concert. After a nice opening (Roving Gambler) where Bob sounds focused and concetrated, he nearly fucks up The Times they...Mumbled lyrics and eyes glued to som spot off in the distance. I remember thinking: Oh, it is going to be one of those nights... However, a splendid MOW and an absolutely beautiful Boots of Spanish Leather proves me wrong. Country Pie and stage rush. Bob smiles for the first time. A few songs later in the set he surprises us all with a tight funky Drifter's Escape, more like the '92 version than the '95-96 one. It is Hendrix meets Sly and the family Stone or something. The band is all smiles especially Tony. Dylan seems to enjoy himself. In the final (or penultimate?) verse he lets go of one of his charming but oh so rare "YEAH!" somewhere in the midddle of the verse. It is such a powerful experience, the song, the arrangement the exlamation that this boy starts to get a bit teary-eyed. From there on Bob does very little wrong. He could skip the slow arrangement of LARS, but otherwise it is near perfect. Bob's voice is clear and upfront, the band is tight as ever and the harp gets a rather generous airing in more than one song. After a rather dull RDW the band leaves the stage but returns with an extraordinary version of "Blowin in the Wind" with breathtaking three part harmaonies in the chorus. Wicked! I have seen Bob eight times. This night was probably the best. I am seeing Bob in Stockholm as well, but I donęt believe it will match this one.