Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 06:14:30 GMT From: teamak (teamak@SKYPOINT.COM) Subject: Mpls., MN. Sow 10/24/95, what a show This evenings show at the the Target Center, Mpls. MN, was the most impressive show by the '90s Dylan I have ever witnessed. Even though I am an ardent Dylan fan, I went to this show expecting to see a show that probably only a die-hard fan could appreciate. I'm thrilled to see Dylan any chance I get, but this show was so incredibly inspired that everyone in the near sell-out crowd was shown a side of the home grown Dylan that is too rarely seen. I'll have to admit I didn't recognize the first song, but of course the unexpected is typical Dylan. Midway through that first song though I realized that Dylan and band were so tight that this wasn't just going to be another chance to see Dylan live but was instead a jam that would have rocked any bar/party/venue large or small. After each of the first few songs he acknowledged people in the crowd. He introduced each member of the band intimately. At the end of the show two female crowd members got on the stage and danced around Dylan, even hugs and words of appreciation were exchanged as Rainy Day Women brought the evening to a glorious climax. I've never seen Dylan so personal in concert. I was thrilled to read all the personal reviews from the Cleveland Hall of Fame Show, but if you thought his guitar playing/soloing was impressive that night, you ain't seen nothin yet! I'm serious, I could appreciate his jammin in Clev. ,but this was some serious rocking. I thought he played so inspired, but it almost seemed like he performed like he had something to prove....If only that he can still have a hell of a good time playing on any given evening. Thanks to Bob and band, and everyone else that was there to experience this amazing performance. Pauly, Mpls.
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 06:56:33 GMT From: Bill Pagel (billp61@EARTH.EXECPC.COM) Subject: Oct. 24, 1995 Minneapolis - Setlist October 24, 1995 Minneapolis, Minnesota - Target Center 1. Drifter's Escape 2. If You See Her, Say Hello 3. All Along The Watchtower 4. Just Like A Woman 5. Watching The River Flow 6. Silvio 7. Mr. Tambourine Man (acoustic) 8. Masters Of War (acoustic) 9. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (acoustic) 10. God Knows 11. I'll Remember You 12. Highway 61 Revisited (encore) 13. Alabama Getaway 14. The Times They Are A-Changin' (acoustic) 15. Rainy Day Women Nos. 12 & 35 Thanks to Glen Dundas for the preceding information. Previous setlists, cue sheets, and upcoming concert dates, as well as links to other Dylan related web sites can be found on the "Bob Links" web page located at: http://www.execpc.com/~billp61/boblink.html "Bob Links" is going on the road to catch some of the upcoming shows. Future postings may become sporadic. Bill Pagel EDLIS Internet Resource Agent firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 13:44:55 GMT From: Steve Fletty (steve@DUSTY.UNET.UMN.EDU) Subject: Minneapolis Setlist I haven't seen this posted yet, so here's the view from row 12: Drifter's Escape If You See Her Say Hello All Along the Watchtower Just Like a Woman ???Watching the River Flow??? Silvio Acoustic: Tambourine Man Masters of War Don't Think Twice God Knows I'll Remember You Highway 61 Encore: Alabama Getaway Times Rainy Day Women Don't have time for a review. A few quick notes: Solid show, well sung, very nice acoustic set. Please correct any mistakes. The above is from memory. -- Steve
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 12:37:12 EDT From: MR RANDY D SEVERS (FPFT61A@PRODIGY.COM) Subject: Minneapolis 10/24/95 & Jerrys Kids -- [ From: Randy Severs * EMC.Ver #2.10P ] -- I got to go to the show last night since I was in town for business. Here is set list followed by a few details: Drifters Escape If You See Her, Say Hello All Along the Watchtower Just Like A Woman Watching the River Flow Silvio Mr Tambourine Man Masters of War Don't Think Twice God Knows I Remember You Highway 61 Alabama Getaway Times They are... Rainy Day Woman I went to the box office at 4:00 PM and was able to get "promoter seats" for $51.00 that were first row on side corner of stage, an excellent vantage point. Band was excellent, last time I saw them was two of the shows at the Supper Club in NY a few years ago and this was a much more guitar oriented performance, great and dynamic Dylan leads. During Watching River I noticed something out of the corner of my eye and it was a younger kid flying off guardrail onto the stage, probably about an 8 foot jump. There was no security at all on stage at that point. Kid ran up to Dylan who looked a bit nervous but he was absolutely cool- kept playing as the kid was trying to talk to him, he shot a glance to side of stage and saw that there was no one there to help him. Dylan stepped back a bit as security jumped on stage to take kid off. Looking down the side I could see Security begin to work kid over and drag him to the back, never to be seen again. The void left by Garcia seemed to be taken up by Bob with the crowd. Quite a few of Jerrys Kids seemed to be in attendance- the morons that stand up during every song flailing about as if they have been possessed by Satan. >From my seat I could see the way that they were picking out certain people to be allowed to the front of the stage beginning with Highway 61. During last encore with house lights up a couple of them were able to make it to the stage for some dancing. I'm not sure what Dylans purpose is for his crowd the stage free for alls that he has instituted . He was his normal emotionless self, letting the music do his talking for him. No "Good to be homes" or anything like that . A great concert. P.S. Thanks to Jaime for all his help in trying to find me a ticket, it worked out great in the end with a simple trip to the box office.
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 18:06:04 -0500 From: Jamie L Peterson (peter131@GOLD.TC.UMN.EDU) Subject: Minneapolis 10/24 Just got back home after this event which has left me speechless. Suffice it to say that Bob came about as close to painting his masterpiece tonight as he could have. - It was a wonderful and beautiful concert. One of the most moving aspects of the whole event tonight for me was when he sang "The Times They Are A-Changin'." I first turned on to Bob when I was 14 - over 33 years ago. Tonight I reflected on some of the many amazing changes these years have wrought - as my own 16-year old daughter stood at my side - spellbound by the Man as profoundly as I have been for so long now. As we left the Target Center, my daughter remarked how wonderfully youthful, healthy, and great Bob looked tonight. She said that she was reminded of the line.."Ah, but I was so much older then...I'm younger than that now." He truly looked, sang, played, and in every way seemed to be forever young tonight. Maybe tomorrow I can collect my thoughts and give you all some details - but for now I will just say how much I love and respect this man's life's work. What a privilege it has been to grow up with his music.
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 19:52:04 -0500 From: Jamie L Peterson (peter131@GOLD.TC.UMN.EDU) Subject: 10/24 Mpls. Okay...now that I have had a bit of time to reflect... I found the performance awesome. I simply could not believe Bob's amazing leads - especially during the acoustic stuff. They were so powerful and assertive. - "Mr. Tambourine Man" was an absolutely sanctified moment. Though previous posts seemed to indicate that he didn't look up much, I perceived just the opposite. - I have never gotten so much opportunity to view his face. - I thought he looked positively excellent and healthy. His voice was glorious - again, just right out there with unbridled confidence and power. Well, I know you're all getting sick of this kind of fervid ecstacy - but, let's just face it... The Man rules. - No one else even comes close. - BTW, it was a kick to see him without shades for the whole event. I found this whole concert to be a very intimate and personal effort on his part and view it as my all-time greatest concert experience. Anybody out there with a tape?
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 21:06:37 -0400 From: DrMHW (drmhw@AOL.COM) Subject: 10/24/95: It was rolling. Just got back from Minneapolis where Bob Dylan and the band provided a most impressive evening of music. While the playlist offered no surprises, Dylan & Co. played blistering rock n' roll that repeatedly had the crowd of over 12,000 on its feet. I'll share my impressions of this outstanding concert in more detail when time allows. I am plesed to report that this concert was taped. I am anxious to trade for Spain '95 and Autumn '95 concerts. Please e-mail privately if you're interested. PS--A great big tip o' the hat to two rmd pals whose presence made a wonderful concert all the more enjoyable & memorable. So good to see you both! Mark Withrow
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 1995 12:30:20 MST From: Bob Clasen
Subject: Minneapolis Notes I thought I'd add a few notes about the Minneapolis show: - The Jayhawks were the opening act, and they were very disappointing. On CD they have some good stuff, but they chose to play some very boring songs on stage. - Bob wore a long-sleeve, blue silk-like shirt and his black pants with silver piping. - There was a clear, plastic screen in front of Winston's drum kit. Any one know why? - Dylan took the stage at 8:55 pm. - The opening song "Drifter's Escape" was absolutely explosive. JJ's playing was so ferocious that I expected his guitar to burst into flames at any instant. What a way to start a show! - During "If You See Her," JJ had to leave the stage for a while to change guitars. - Some guy hopped on stage during "Watching the River Flow." He tried to shake Bob's hand while he was playing guitar. Bob basically ignored him until security finally escorted the dude away. - "Silvio" was awesome. JJ was doing some Garcia-like solos. - "Mr Tambourine Man" was also fantastic. Bob's harmonica playing gave me chills, it was so moving. He didn't use the harp holder around his neck. He held the harp and mic in his left hand, and his guitar was slung over his right shoulder. The only other song he broke out the harp for was "Times," which was another incredible harmonica performance. - Bob's singing was very inspired for all songs, but it seemed especially so for "I'll Remember You." He was great at holding his notes ("Didn't I try to caaaaaaaare?"). - During "I'll Remember You" a few dancers moved close to the front of the stage. When security guy moved in to clear them out, JJ leaned forward, flicked a guitar pick at the security dude, and waved him away. Security then left the dancers alone for the rest of the show. - The house lights were on throughout the last song, "Rainy Day Women," and the joint was rockin'. Two female dancers hopped on stage and boogied around during the song. Each was rewarded for their aerobic effort with a hug from Bob. - Bob said "Thanks, everybody" four times during the show and "Thank you" once. He bowed to the crowd a few times toward the end of the show. - The show ended at 10:45 pm (1 hour 50 minutes long). - The bottom line is: catch the man on tour now, even if you have to sell your house to do it. - PS, if anyone taped the show, please let me know. Keep on keepin' on, Bob Clasen
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 15:26:07 GMT From: brett barney (barney@UNLGRAD1.UNL.EDU) Subject: Mpls 10/24 Just drove back to Lincoln from Minneapolis. The show last night was incredible (my first). My brain is fried from the drive, but since I don't see any other reviews, I'll try to gather a few thoughts, thought they'll be all over the place--more musings than a review. Jayhawks took the stage a few minutes after 7:30. They played only until about 8:10. I hadn't heard them before, so the Johnny Cash cover (title escapes me at the moment) was a highlight for me. Pretty eclectic stuff--rock/country-ish. The Target Center is a big basketball arena, and it was pretty packed, so far as I could tell. There were people sitting all the way up in the rafters. Seating was 3/4 round. I was center on the floor, sixth row. Incense in buckets before the show, and replenished once after about the fourth song. Bob and the band took the stage at about 8:50. He wore a long-sleeved blue satin shirt over a black tee-shirt. Black belt cinching the thing, and black cufflinks. Black tux pants, white piping down the sides. Those black and white patent leather shoes. He looked thin, but maybe he always does. JJ and the bass player (whose name I forget) wore contrasting three-piece suits--JJ'black over a gray shirt, the other guy's gray over a black. Black flat-topped hats both. (Fedora? Panama?) Winston I'm not sure; big hair. The guy on steel guitar (again, name didn't stick) had on layers of stuff, with a Darryl Dragon-style cap. First song, as expected, was Drifter's Escape. As soon as the first notes hit, the crowd, at least down front, was up and stayed up. A really rocking version; I barely recognized it because I hadn't heard any live versions. I wrote down the set list, but don't have it in front of me, so I'll post later unless someone else already has. If You See Her Say Hello was next. Mid-tempo. For me frustrating, because though Bob wasn't tossing anything off, he wasn't taking the extreme care with the phrasing that has always chilled me with the BOtT version. Also, I don't know what it was, the acoustics, my spot, the sound mix, something else, but Bob's voice was sort of indistinct through the first two or so songs. Maybe he was just easing in. All Along the Watchtower, like a Tokyo train, just as expected. Really, really tight; really, really forceful. Audience in paroxysms. Cool. After that, I forget. Silvio was in there, just before the acoustic set, I think. Oh, yeah, and Watching the River Flow. Both very tight, very energetic, lots of guitar solos. During one toward the end of Watching young flannel-and-sweatshirt yuppie-grunge guy came strolling on from behind and to the side of JJ. Dylan, jamming the whole time nods, as the guy seems to be pleading, confessing, with arms-wide gestures. JJ looks like, "What's with him and how did he get on; Bob nods and weaves. After maybe 10 seconds, security takes him off. The acoustic set opened with Mr. Tambourine Man. Absolutely amazing, as was everything else acoustic. Bob's voice by this time was resonant, clear, gorgeous. Audience trying to sing along, but soon realized how foolish it would be. After wonderful acoustic guitar work, Bob, without holder, plays a bit of powerful and astounding harp. When he picks it up, people are already whooping it up, and by the time he finishes (very strongly) everyone is really jazzed. Masters of War, next, was a big crowd-pleaser, too, especially, I think, with the X-gen'ers. Again, very clear, beautiful,careful phrasing. Just perfect. Sort of Eddy Vedder-ish, but even better. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright finished the acoustic set. Also great, voice, guitar, everything. Somewhere in here, we got two from Empire: I'll Remember You and Seeing the Real You at Last. Also, God Knows. All great. For me, I'll Remember You and God Knows were both very appealing--sung carefully, with conviction. God Knows rocked. Ended the regular set with Highway 61. Not my favorite, but a big fave for the crowd, apparently. The encores were Alabama Getaway,The Times They Are A-Changin', and Rainy Day Women #12 & 35. More great harmonica on Times. The other two were musically intense, as expected. A couple of quick notes: during RDW two women made the stage and danced, one of them for about a minute with Bob himself. Body hugs, very close looks, odd. Sam Sheppard and Jessica Lange (sp?) and their two kids were in attendance, halfway back on stage right in the first section off the floor. No Brownsville Girl, though. All in all, really solid, astounding, but nothing from some of the albums he has drawn from in other concerts recently (Oh Mercy, Infedels) And no Tangled. Sigh.
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 17:08:10 GMT From: brett barney (barney@UNLGRAD1.UNL.EDU) Subject: Minneapolis 10/24/95 Setlist I think what follows is accurate. In my other post, I'm not sure where my memory of Seeing the Real You at Last came from. Possibly from the 6 1/2-hour cramming I did on the way to the concert. Odd, that. That said, although this seems the right number of songs, I could still be screwed up. confirmation, anyone? 1. Drifter's Escape 2. If You See Her, Say Hello 3. All Along the Watchtower 4. Just Like a Woman 5. Watching the River Flow 6. Silvio 7. Mr. Tambourine Man (acoustic) 8. Masters of War (acoustic) 9. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (acoustic) 10. God Knows 11. I'll Remember You 12. Highway 61 Revisited 13. Alabama Getaway 14. The Times They Are A-Changin' (acoustic) 15. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
Saint Paul Pioneer PressOctober 25, 1995 Concert Review by Jim Walsh
DYLAN SHOWS WHY HE'S STILL THE TOP GUNSLINGERGunslingers. That's what Bob Dylan and his four-piece band looked like on stage at the Target Center Tuesday night. Dylan was clad in a blue silk shirt and black slacks, his hair looked as though he'd just finished an especially invigorating roll in a haystack, and guitarist Jon Jackson and bassist Tony Garnier wore matching riverboat gambler suits and five-gallon cowboy hats. But there was more to the gunslinger vibe than just the costumes. The quintet (including powerhouse drummer Winston Watson and dobro/pedal steel player Bucky Baxter) wielded their instruments like weapons; five refugees from the wild, wild West looking for a shoot-out. For the first seven songs, the group came out blazing, emphasizing Dylan's lissome-to-muscular guitar work, and a reworking of old masterpieces into fresh new canvases. Unlike past Dylan concerts, the 12,388 in attendance weren't required to decipher the songs, so much as surrender to the spirit of their maker's whims. "If You See Her, Say Hello" a ballad from Dylan's classic 1975 album "Blood on the Tracks" became a mid-tempo rocker that allowed the singer more room to wail his heartbreak rather than whisper it. Similarly, the ballad „Just Like A Womanš turned into a dramatic opus, fueled by Dylan's electric guitar fireworks, and „Watching the River Flowš became a country-stomp, complete with a Johnny Cash-inspired train beat. And one of the biggest highlights of the night came early, with a ripping version of "All Along the Watchtower" --a song that every bar band in the world has covered at least twice by now--which suggested that Dylan was out to reclaim it as his own. All in all, the 45-minute opening set was one of the most dramatic openings to a concert in recent memory, while the acoustic middle set ("Mr. Tambourine Man" which was capped by a powerful harmonica solo by Dylan; "Masters of War," and "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right") was one of the most poignant. "There's a certain part of you that becomes addicted to a live audience; I wouldn't keep doing it if I was tired of it", Dylan told USA Today earlier this year. Which explains the fact that Dylan has toured, in some incarnation or another, since 1988. It also explains why this outfit is arguably the finest rock 'n' roll band currently on the road. And, like their leader, they played as though they had something to prove. Despite Dylan's by-the-numbers singing, and occasional forays into arena boogie, this was easily the most musically rewarding concert to be staged in his former hometown since the 1978 St. Paul Civic Center show. Perhaps what made it superior to that benchmark was the encore, which incorporated the sublime to the raucous. The first encore was a heartfelt, and wholly relevant, reading of "The Times They Are A-Changin." The second was a version of "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" for which the house lights came on and the entire crowd stood, clapped and sang along to the chorus „everybody must get stoned.š At the finale, two young women jumped up on stage and danced with Dylan, who appeared to genuinely enjoy the spontaneous interaction (unlike when an earnest young man sneaked on-stage to politely get in Dylan's face and praise his hero during "Watching the River Flow"). He chatted with the two over the band, finally hugging both and shaking their hands. The crowd erupted; a perfect capper to an electrifying evening. At that, the gunslingers bowed, put their weapons back in their holsters and left for the next stop on their never-ending tour.