Bob Dylan 2000.07.08 in Maryland Heights, MO
Riverport Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Dr.
Subject: review July 8 Maryland Heights (long) From: Martin Abela email@example.com Date: Sun, 09 Jul 2000 05:19:40 GMT If you are attending a concert at Riverfront Amphitheatre, make sure you leave your religious pamphlets at home. There is a huge sign in the parking lot listing all the items which are not permitted. One of them is missle (sic) like objects. This amusing spelling error was symbolic of the oppressive atmosphere in the Riverfront Amphitheatre parking lot, a striking contrast with last night's Deadhead festival outside Sandstone. Here there were no signs of the tailgate parties, or roving Daiquiri vendors. No doubt this was because of the numerous police officers on motorized mini-bikes who seemed to pop up every few minutes. There were long queues at the admission booths. Since we had arrived about 6:30, this was a concern since we expected Bob to be on stage shortly after 7. The long lines were due to the fact that every patron, (including your corespondent) was frisked by one of several women at the gate. She did not object to anything I was carrying (although I did have a small booklet - sort of Missal-like!) so I entered without a hassle. My travelling buddy Edwin and I were in our third row centre seats by 7:15. We were very excited about the concert in St. Louis, because we were lucky enough to have third row centre seats. We knew this would be a special night on our three day excursion to the Mid-west to follow Bob Dylan. However, we could not have foreseen our good luck. ONe of the venue security staff informed us that Bob's people wanted to have the first three rows of people to be standing at the rail, sort of like general admission. Edwin and I quickly moved up, and I parked my self right at the rail, where I stayed for the duration. The excitement built as the familiar smell of incense drifted around us. Bob was soon introduced, and the band opened with the same few songs as he has been playing lately: Oh Babe, It Ain't No Lie and To Ramona, which was nicer than last night, with clearer enunciation. Third was Don't Think Twice, It's Alright. Bob sang this one softly, almost purring out the words. Tangled Up In Blue again featured a harmonica solo, with positive response from the audience. This song, although played frequently, continues to please both those who have seen a lot of shows, and newcomers to Bob's live performances. Searching For A Soldiers Grave followed. Bob clearly takes this song seriously, singing carefully and with feeling. It does not get much reaction (since it is such a serious song, I suppose) but does get good applause at the end. "..love that Country Pie!" as Bob sings. I love this song, and watching Bob play it. He is enjoying this whimsical song. Charlie Sexton did some amazing electric guitar picking on this one. Bob is really letting this talented guitar player shine. After Country Pie, Bob approached the microphone. He said "I played St. Louis in 1959. IT was a place called 'The Laughing Buddha'. I want to dedicate that last song to that particular place.". I suppose the year is an exaggeration, but was there really a folk club called the Laughing Buddha? Next up was "..Memphis Blues..". Bob really started to get more animated now, singing the lyrics with expression, winking at people in the audience, and playing some fine lead guitar. This led into the only real surprise tonight, "Simple Twist of Fate". Arching eyebrows, and flashes of smiles to highlight certain lyrics in this one. Drifters Escape was the highlight of the show for me. The song really rocks, and includes a great harmonica solo. It is great to see Bob re-interpreting songs from his back catalogue this way. During the band intros, Bob delivered a David Kemper joke: "David was going to be a doctor, but he did note have any patience". Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat was the last song before the encore. Things Have Changed, Like a Rolling Stone and Forever Young for an encore, with Highway 61 as a bit of an afterthought. The band members were waiting for the word from Bob, before I saw him mouth "Highway" to Tony.. Rollicking good song, as usual. Afterwards, Bob and the boys stood at attention, while the crowd gave a rousing ovation, and another show is history. Martin Abela Maryland Heights, Missouri July 9, 2000 -- -Martin Abela "And she takes your voice And leaves you howling at the moon" Homepage: http://people.goplay.com/m-abela/