Bob Dylan 991120 in Newark, Delaware
Dylan show #120 in 1999.
Subject: Newark, DE, SETLIST From: Chromehorse77
Date: 21 Nov 1999 04:52:44 GMT Carpenter Center, UD I Am the Man, Thomas @ My Back Pages (Larry on fiddle)@ It's Alright Ma@ UNKNOWN GOSPELISH COVER ... refrain approx. "... can't stand this world I'm livin' in, full of hatred, full of sin ..." (Should I know this??)@ Tangled Up in Blue@ One Too Many Mornings@ Stuck Inside of Mobile (Larry on steel) Make You Feel My Love It Takes a lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Larry on steel) w/ Susan Tedeschi Joey Not Dark Yet Highway 61 Revisited (Larry on steel) w/ Susan Tedeschi Encores Lovesick Like a Rolling Stone Don't Think Twice, It's Alright Not Fade Away (Tedeschi no guitar, sang back-up with Larry) Blowin' in the Wind Rainy Day Women w/ Susan Tedeschi Coming in, we weren't sure what to expect ... what we got was a great, throbbing Reserved-turned-GA show with a somewhat disappointing setlist & no harp ... guest Susan Tedeschi was veeerrrry cool; I had seen her on Conan O'Brien & was looking forward to seeing her live ... Dylan seemed to love her, as did Tony, & she joined the guys for a handful of electric tunes ... sorry about song #4; not sure what it was & would love to know since it was so nice ... Dylan was a madman once the crowd rushed the stage during "ITALTLITATTC," grinning, flirting, prancing, dancing ... sat by some serious idiots but they had a great time & weren't as annoying as last night's stage crashers (although the woman sitting next to me would have gotten her obnoxious ass up there in the blink of an eye if she ever got the chance), so it wasn't too bad. "Joey" was surprisingly very, very good, & I'm not a big fan of the song. "It Takes a lot" was unbeatable ... we had a great time, but to be honest would've liked to hear some of the jewels he'd been doing on the Lesh leg ... like I told someone last night, though, Delaware was the sweet icing on the gigantically delicious Atlantic City cake ... Take care! -- Shawn
Subject: Re: Newark, DE, SETLIST From: Seth Kulick
Date: 21 Nov 1999 07:07:37 GMT Organization: University of Pennsylvania ... yeah, I went "oh no" when he started Joey, but I really liked it. He let out one particularly great "Joey", sort of like a mother yelling at her young song Joey to turn off the TV and sit at the dinner table. It Takes a Lot was quite enjoyable, but it's only unbeatable if he really stretches out the "on top of the HILLLLLLLLLLL" and so on which he didn't do. The unknown song was indeed very nice. I expect a posting soon from one of the rmd regulars about what it was. My Back Pages was had some strong vocals, I thought, with Dylan singing some nice low notes, and 12Many Mornings was pretty much perfect, probably the highlight of the show. On the other hand, Dylan took 12Many wretched guitar solos tonight, and Memphis Blues was crap as usual, and Tangled was even worse crap than usual. I wish he would go back to doing the song 1978 style, just to confuse the dancers. On the (an)other hand, Highway 61 once again kicked ass, and Bob introduced it by saying "we're going to burn this one up", which they certainly did. Overall, a pretty good show, with quite a few fine moments, but not in the same league as the Philly show. -- -------------------------------------------------------------- Seth Kulick "The hypnotic splattered mist University of Pennsylvania was slowly lifting" - Bob Dylan email@example.com http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~skulick/home.html --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Subject: newark, delaware From: Peter Stone Brown
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 02:38:57 -0500 And so what is apparently the last Bob Dylan concert of the 20th Century took place in the unlikely town of Newark, Delaware at the Bob Carpenter Center, a not so big concrete arena, where Dylan played in October ‚92. Asides from being home to the University of Delaware, Newark was once home to George Thorogood & The Destroyers who once did what they called the 50/50 tour playing all 50 states in 50 days, traveling to most of them in a Checker automobile, best known for manufacturing taxicabs. This show was actually a make-up date for a concert canceled due to Dylan‚s 1998 Grammy appearance, and there were times when this show almost seemed to travel back in time. The audience was extremely enthusiastic and after „I Am The Man Thomas,š Dylan went into a slow beautiful „My Back Pagesš with Larry on violin. I‚ve seen him do this song a few times over the last decade, but tonight‚s version was easily one of the best if not the best. He sang it carefully, enunciating each word with great emotion. An equally strong „It‚s Alright Maš followed and this arrangement gets better every time I see it with Larry playing intricate guitar around Dylan‚s guitar punctuations while Charlie keeps the rhythm happening strumming a dobro. Dylan flubbed a couple of lines but it didn‚t matter. „Tangledš did its usual job of rousing the audience, but the real surprise of the night was a previously unheard by Dylan country cover, „This World Can‚t Stand Long,š which I‚m pretty sure is a Roy Acuff song (though I may be wrong) and somewhere in the back of my mind a distant memory of Dolly Parton singing it is bouncing around. Whoever wrote it or did it, it was truly great and one of those special Dylan moments and particularly memorable for the last line of the chorus: „We should know it can‚t stand long because it‚s too full of hate.š Larry and Charlie joined Bob on the choruses. A gentle „One Too Many Morningsš preceded the switch to electrics with „Memphis Blues Againš with Larry on pedal steel starting the set, followed by an okay and sometimes slightly bluesy „Make You Feel My Love.š Dylan then brought on opening act Susan Tedeschi to jam with the band on „It Takes A Lot To Laugh.š This was one of the real fun moments of the night. She is a very good and hot guitar player and she was just ecstatic to be invited on stage with Bob Dylan and Dylan was enjoying having her on-stage and absolutely getting off on her guitar playing. A true jam with Bob kind of as the encouraging overseer. Next came „Joey,š but the version was much different than the other two I‚ve seen on this tour. Larry played guitar instead of pedal steel and it rocked hard, with a choppier rhythm that was much more reminiscent of versions of this song from earlier in the ő90s. An exquisite „Not Dark Yetš followed with featured an ethereal guitar break from Larry that earned him well-deserved applause. It was easily the high point of the electric set. Dylan again introduced Tedeschi and said, „We‚re gonna burn this one up,š as Kemper kicked off the rhythm to „Highway 61,š and burn it up they did. That road is going to need some repaving after this version. Dylan was having a lot of fun letting everyone take solos starting out with Larry on lapsteel followed by Tedeschi and then Dylan nodded to Charlie who exploded with a piercing flurry of blazing notes. His solo was over fast, but it was absolutely amazing and inspiring. And then it was into a fairly typical set of encores, „Love Sick,š „Rolling Stone,š „Don‚t Think Twice,š and Blowin‚ In The Wind,š followed by „Not Fade Awayš with Tedeschi again appearing to sing on the choruses. The lights went down and the crowd stayed put and they came back one more time for „Rainy Day Women. Dylan didn‚t touch his harp the entire night. So this final show of this remarkable tour wasn‚t as adventuresome setlist-wise as some of the others and perhaps didn‚t have those truly transcendent peaks. But the energy was there throughout and the songs were played and sung with conviction. And in the end you can‚t ask for more than that. And once again, like every other show I‚ve seen in the last two weeks, this one was completely different in every way. I can‚t think of any other performer that I‚ve seen who can pull that little trick off. -- "Where the angels' voices whisper to the souls of previous times." --Bob Dylan Peter Stone Brown e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://store.yahoo.com/tangible-music/petstonbrowi.html
Subject: Re: newark, delaware From: jolnick
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 14:17:51 -0500 Just to add a little more to Peter's once again excellent review: For me, the highlights of this show were This World Can't Stand, One Too Many Mornings, and Not Dark Yet. Highway 61 really took off, too. I was glad to see It's Alright, although he did blow off a line, which I haven't seen him do in a while. I was particularly taken with the different arrangement of One Too Many Mornings from the older versions (I haven't heard it live before). During this song and Not Dark Yet, I was amazed at how incredibly quiet the place got -- the audience was generally respectful throughout (except for a couple of the usual clueless yakking idiots and the big guy sitting next to me who practically took over my seat as well at times), but it was something they way the crowd hung on to every word Bob sang on these two. Very special, indeed. The emotion Dylan brought to Not Dark Yet really was something; I'll never forget this version for that alone. Bob really had the audience in his spell. Larry's solo was so tasteful, too. It's rare for him to get spontaneous applause for a solo, but this one certainly deserved it. Also, I thought Larry really ripped it up on pedal steel during the rockin' Highway 61. Of course, Susan was getting quite a bit of attention (Bob & Tony really seemed to enjoy having her join them), but Larry really impressed me again. His solo on Love Sick really kicked on this version, too. I just love the spookiness of Love Sick, and I'm glad that Dylan keeps playing it. I never get tired of it; the tension, the double meanings, the helplessness......it's a great song with a timeless theme. Joey was interesting, although it somehow lacked the punch that I remember in Baltimore. Always glad to see this one, though. It's such a great story. Everytime I hear it, I feel like I'm watching an epic movie unfold. I have to say that of the shows I've seen on this tour (PSU, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Delaware), this show by far had the worst sound, although I expected it as soon as I walked into the venue. A concrete venue with a metal roof; ugh! The echo bouncing a half second off the back was really annoying, even though I was only about 9 rows from the floor, and about 8 rows from the stage, on Larry's side. I'm sure Electrotec did the best they could, given the venue. I had trouble hearing some of Dylan's vocals as clearly as the other venues, and I suspect it was because I didn't have any speakers directly facing me where I was sitting. Thank goodness nobody got on stage. When the rush happened, I was afraid that jumping on the stage would come next and ruin an otherwise great show. A good, enjoyable show. Bob looked different somehow; I kept thinking that his hair or something seemed different, but it might have just been me or the lights. He looked really good; my wife commented about how much weight he's lost over the last year or so. But what's the deal with those boots of his? They have a weird pattern on them, but I haven't gotten that close in a while. Thanks again, Bob! I'm looking forward to the next phase of the NeverEnding Tour......and put that Baltimore show out on CD & video, please!!!! That show was a revelation to me, and I've seen a lot of shows over the years. Joe
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 10:12:16 -0500 From: Carsten Molt
Reply-To: email@example.com MIME-Version: 1.0 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Nov.20th review Status: On Nov. 20th, Jillsy and i made the long trek to the state of Delaware for Dylan's last show of the millennium(most likely). Before the show, we met up with our new friends and good hosts, Chris and Crystal. After some pre show festivities, we made our way to the tiny basketball arena known as the Bob Carpenter Center. The venue held 3,000 people at most but the security was pretty much a non entity and you could sit anywhere you wanted without any trouble. The show started with a strong but short set by blues artist, Susan Tedeschi. She had a very strong and distinctive voice. While her voice had center stage during her set, she did display some of the good guitar playing that she would lend to some of Dylan's set later on. At 9:10, the house lights dimmed and Dylan began his 5th show in 4 nights with "I am the Man, Thomas" (acoustic)- This was very well played and seemed like a much stronger song than when he played it at Penn State 2 weeks ago. "My Back Pages"(acoustic) (Larry Campbell on violin) Not the best version of this chestnut that I've ever heard but Larry's violin playing added a special vibe to the song. I expected Dylan to take a turn on harp but he didn't play it all night. "It's Alright, Ma(I'm Only Bleeding)"(acoustic) Dylan began to wake up during this tune and it was the first song to get a roar from the crowd. Dylan flubbed one line but sang the line over nailing it the 2nd time around. Always one of my favorite tunes and it was a real treat to see in it's new bluegrass arrangement.. "This World Can't Stand"(acoustic)- A total surprise and as far as i know a tune that Dylan had never played before. I find it difficult to give my thoughts or opinions on a song that i don't know but it seemed well played and Dylan was leaning into the lyrics with conviction. "Tangled Up In Blue"(acoustic) As many times as i hear this, it always sounds just a little bit different. This was no exception. Dylan was singing very strongly and distinctly. i was still waiting in vain for the harmonica but instead we got one of those long jams at the end much like he played it in 1997 when he had abandoned the harp. During this tune, the chatty girls behind us got the better of us and we moved to the back of the hall dead center where we could se better and stretch out a bit. "One too Many Mornings"(acoustic)(Larry on pedal steel)- This was amazing! The band played softly in the back ground while Dylan lowered his voice and sang sweetly and richly. Larry Campbell played a shimmering solo while the rest of the band filled in the aural tapestries with minimal notes. Probably the highlight of the show thus far. On to the electric set... "Stuck Inside of Mobile"(Larry on Steel Guitar)- This was very well played even though i think Dylan skipped the last verse. Dylan's singing didn't seem to be affected by the heavy touring but he did seem too look kind of old and tired. Charlie Sexton played some very explosive licks towards the end of the song that had quite a bit of sustain on them. He played great guitar all evening while making it look simple. Dylan played with his hair for a while after the song fluffing it up. "To Make You Feel My Love"-Dylan was using the same deep, sensitive voice that he used on "One Too Many Mornings" earlier. There isn't much too this song but Dylan inhabited it very well and it was nicely played. It had a strong atmospheric quality to it. "Lot To Laugh,Train To Cry"(Larry on Steel guitar)(Susan Tedeschi on lead)-Wo! I was hoping to hear this song but i never dreamed it would be this good. Dylan and Tedeschi trding guitar licks back and forth. She was definitely thrilled to be sharing the stage with Dylan. Dylan also seemed to be having a great time. He was dancing around and was smiling a great deal. His vocal were punchy and clear and the music was perfectly played. The stage rush began during the song but the security didn't care and the crowd respectfully stayed off the stage itself. The song was the highlight of the evening! "Joey"- This was never on my list of songs i wanted to see but it wasn't bad. It was a lot faster than on the album and i think he skipped some verses. I am still not fond of the tune but it was better than i thought it was going to be. "Not Dark Yet"-The 2nd "Time Out Of Mind' track of the evening was up next. For the first time, Dylan's voice sounded a little weak. He seemed very human and somewhat frail but it suited the song well. The tune may actually have been better because of his fatigue. It wasn't bad. Larry's playing was very good here. Intros included the line, "On Drums, David Kemper, a man who never lies unless he's in bed". őHighway 61"(Larry on Steel guitar)(Tedeschi on guitar)-Another guitar showcase where Tony, Charlie and Dylan all took turns matching licks with Tedeschi who still looked in rapture at being on stage with Dylan. She was really excellent on guitar and Tony was dancing and enjoying himself immensely which is always a good sign. Dylan's singing was decent here but it was kind of a throw away compared to the instrumental passages. After the tune, Susan Tedeschi gave Dylan a kiss on the cheek. Encores: "Lovesick"- i am starting to tire of this tune but it was well played and Dylan's voice seemed a little stronger than it had earlier in the show. "Like A Rolling Stone"- The crowd loved it and Dylan was very animated but it seemed as if his heart wasn't into the tune very much. It seems kind of perfunctory much in the same way "RDW #12 and 35" became a few years ago. "Don't Think Twice'(acoustic)- This was played in the upbeat country style and was nicely played. I like the up beat tempo versions of the tune a lot more than the slow dirge like versions but maybe that's just me. Not Fade Away(Susan Tedeschi on back-up vocals)Dylan donned his cowboy hat and they ripped into a very rocking version of "N.F.A." Tedeschi clapped her hands and sang along with Larry on his microphone. This tune is a lot of fun and Dylan was doing a lot of leg wiggling. "Blowing in the Wind"(acoustic) - i still think it is a rinky dink song and i still don't care for it but Dylan sounded very good on this song and it was actually a very good version of the tune. "Rainy Day Women #12 and 35"(with Susan Tedeschi on guitar) Dylan was all over the stage and really hamming it up. The whole band was definitely going for broke on this one. Dylan sang the usual two or three verses that he always does and then later into the song he came back to his microphone and sang a verse that seemed to be ad-libbed but i could be mistaken. It was a good rendition that left the crowd satisfied. All in all, a very good show that was 18 songs and about 2 hours long. It was not one of those magical transcendent nights but Dylan gave it all he had left and that is about all i can ask for. Sorry for the long review but i tend to ramble when it comes to Dylan, Carsten Molt Jokerman@bellatlantic.net
Subject: more newark, de (+review) From: Sergio Magnacca
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 17:17:05 -0400 Bob Dylan November 20, 1999 Newark, Delaware what a show. sound poor except in small sweet spot. started very slow (acoustic set). what the setlist lacked it made up in energy and with susan tedeschi. bob was definetly into playing with her. she's a very hot tall blonde rockin' blues guitarist and i think she could not believe she was on stage with bob (he had her on for like four or five songs).. she kept coming back and the songs she played guitar on (bob would nod his head or shake it depending on when he wanted her to cut loose) were rocking.. i noticed during the show that the whole band (even the experiemented tony garnier) looks at bob and tries to she see what he's getting at (charlie sexton in particular seemed to be permanently trying to follow what bob was doing (they don't look at him cause he's a genius but because they don't know what he's going to do) the strangest thing about this show and what made it really worthwhile for me was the interplay between susan tedeschi and bob∑ she really managed to draw bob out and he really enjoyed jamming with her ( me thinks).. the whole band had smiles from ear to ear∑ she even kissed bob on the cheek at one point.. which i thought was a little bold∑but bob was into it and at one point moved across the stage to be next to her. there was a very funny part of one of the later songs (maybe "not fade away") where bob and her where standing next to each other trading guitar lics and it was quite precious.. after the recent set lists i found this one a bit dissapointing∑ after song 8 the crowd was allowed to move closer to the stage and everyone's enjoyment much improved∑people also lit up everywhere∑ highlights for me were "this world can't stand" (who wrote this?), "one too many mornings", "make you feel my love" (beautifully sung and nice electric guitar accompaniment- a bit heavier than on the record), and "not dark yet" (this was wonderfully sung)∑it was unfortunate that during this song i had to tell the frat clown next to me "i did not pay to hear you sing so shut the fuck up or move" as he liked to demonstrate his lyrical knowledge by singing the lyrics half a second before bob..the performance of "joey" was also nice and there was surprising amount of crowd recognition of this song∑ the "not fade away" was also very nice∑as was the "don't think twice" (i dedicate my enjoyment of this one to leslie)∑ "blowing in the wind" included some really nice backing vocals from larry campbell∑as with the last show i saw in baltimore i could understand every word he sung once i found the sweet spot.. the set lists were definetly more diverse during the shows with phil lesh.. this was a far smaller venue∑ i think bob feels more adventurous , set list wise, when he plays to more adventurous crowds∑ just a thought∑.the way i sum it up "set list was not adventurous but i think he felt neither was the crowd and i think he was right".. this was definetly a crowd that wanted to hear the "hits"∑. on "love sick" bob plundered the "root and plunder"line which is too bad as i like it (i know others don't ).. comments overheard leaving the show included "how many songs did he play??"and "bob was so into it!" bob played just shy of 2 hours and kept coming back for song after song..bob chit chat included "thank you you're too kind" , "he never lies except when he's in bed "(joke about drummer) and some comment about susan tedeschi's guitar playing .. something like "she's going to burn it up" .. bob's guitar playing: bob has added a move or two to his repertoire.. mainly holding the guitar perpendicular to the ground facing upwards.. also playing more notes on the top few strings (middle frets) as opposed to only the simple two or three note solos on the bottom strings (these by the way work far better with the electric guitar than the acoustic).. a note of thanks to amtrak for stopping their train in newark, delaware just for me!