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PostPosted: Wed October 18th, 2017, 11:11 GMT 
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Fall Tour
24 October 2017

Ames, Iowa

Stephens Auditorium
Showtime: 7:30 PM
Capacity: 2,747

This is the 63rd show of the 2017 Never Ending Tour

with special guest Mavis Staples

Previous 2017 shows:
28 Europe Spring
28 North America Summer
06 USA Fall
62 Total 2017

Bob Dylan’s no stranger to Iowa.
Matthew Leimkuehler, Oct. 17, 2017

A Minnesota native and relentless touring veteran, the historic songwriter has visited the Hawkeye state a number of times since launching the crowd-coined “Never Ending” tour in the 1980s. Known for years as a polarizing figure in live music — some believe him to be transcendent, others complain of Dylan’s aging vocal delivery — Dylan returns to Stephens Auditorium in Ames on Oct. 24.

Ahead of Dylan’s anticipated return, here’s a look back at some — yes, some, not all — of his previous Iowa shows, as told by reviews and stories in The Des Moines Register archives.

Aug. 26, 1990 at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand:
In his first of two career Grandstand performances, Dylan pulls a total 10,260 people to the year’s closing concert. The talent in '90 — which earned the top spot in the Register’s ranking of modern Grandstand lineups — included Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson (who performed the night before Dylan) and George Strait with Alan Jackson. Dylan returned to the Iowa State Fair in 2001, performing for 10,689 people.

Nov. 2, 1991 at Stephens Auditorium:
Dylan returns to central Iowa for an 18-song set, including 1981 number “Lenny Bruce” and the celebrated “All Along The Watchtower.”

He brought an audience of 2,729 to the venue, the Register reported. As with his Iowa State Fair show the summer before, Register reviewer Kurt Helland said Dylan was at times difficult for the audience to comprehend.

“Dylan just doesn't have a stage voice,” the review reads, still praising Dylan’s overall performance. “... on this night, the further the show progressed, the more Dylan seemed ready to keep playing all night.”

April 7, 1994 at Stephens Auditorium:
Dylan brought in about 1,500 concert-goers to the Ames venue. Reviewing the show for the Register, Lauris Olson took note of the estimated 1,100 empty seats in her opening sentences:

“Perhaps those fans not present had heard he could be disappointing when seen live,” Olson wrote. “Tales of his lack of stage presence, mumbled phrasing, garbled delivery and unorganized presentation are rampant — and at times true -— but not this night.”

Referring to Dylan as being in top form, the reviewer said he performed numbers such as "Blood on the Tracks,” "Simple Twist of Fate" and "Tangled Up in Blue."

Nov. 16, 1996 at the Adler Theater:
Dylan brings his tour to Iowa twice in the span of four days — playing the Five Flags Center in Dubuque on Nov. 12, 1996 before visiting the Davenport-based Adler on Nov. 16. News of the shows reached Des Moines for being particularly rowdy.

“Reports from three recent shows in the region suggest Dylan, not the most demonstrative guy in show business, is loosening up, having fun and inviting fans to do the same,” then Register music writer Patrick Beach printed. “Dylan shocked fans by inviting them onstage to dance with him.”
(Barefoot note: there are several vids out there from this time zone showing audience stage dancers and Bob kissers in both Ames & Dubuque)

Dance with Dylan? Stranger things have happened on stage in Iowa.
(This story by Register reporter Nick Lamberto originally ran Jan. 22, 1982, two days after Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat during a concert at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines....)
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/ ... 689799001/

April 3, 2000 at the Five Seasons Center:
Performing in Cedar Rapids — at the venue now known as the U.S. Cellular Center — Dylan played 18 cuts for the roughly 5,000 onlookers. The show took place between studio releases “Time out of Mind” and “Love and Theft.”

“'All the people that we used to know, they're an illusion to me now,' Dylan sang on Monday night,” Former Register music writer, Kyle Munson, now Iowa Columnist, wrote. “But this living legend was still very real, and sounding better than ever.”

Aug. 28, 2004 at Principal Park:
Dylan and iconic country troubadour Willie Nelson returned to Des Moines together for a co-headlining gig as part of a tour stopping at minor league baseball parks across America.

Dylan performed a 14-song set, including a two-track encore.

“Saturday's show was what you might call an in-the-park home run,” Munson wrote in the review. “Neither icon turned in the sort of peak performance to clear the fences, but they rounded the bases and scored.”

Oct. 29, 2004 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena:
Long removed from his ‘90 performance in the venue, Dylan returned to Iowa City for a show Register archives said was commendable, but not without its flaws. He would return to Carver in 2007.

“The rock legend's concert drew nearly half its songs from his two most recent albums, 1997's "Time Out of Mind" and 2001's "Love and Theft." That's sterling source material, but it's curious that Dylan would be so stingy with his rich and vast back catalog after a few years of flogging the same "new" songs,” reviewer Munson wrote.

April 21, 2006 at the Val Air Ballroom:
Dylan joined forces with outlaw country heavyweight Merle Haggard for an ALS benefit concert in honor of Register columnist Rob Borsellino, who later lost his life to the disease.

Behind the legend of Dylan and Haggard, the show raised an estimated $60,000 for ALS charity. A total 2,028 people attended the event.

Aug. 22, 2012 at Wells Fargo Arena:
His lone performance in Iowa’s largest indoor venue, Dylan kept to the hits during his latest central Iowa gig: “Like A Rolling Stone,” “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Highway 61 Revisited” were all present in the 17-song setlist.

Legendary songwriter Bob Dylan returns to Ames!
About the show:

When: 7:30 p.m., Oct. 24.

Where: Stephens Auditorium, 11900 Center Dr., Ames

Opening: Soul singer Mavis Staples is set to perform ahead of Dylan.

Tickets: Limited tickets available at the time of publish. $55-$125 before fees.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/ ... 767741001/

PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 02:20 GMT 
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Who: Bob Dylan and His Band with special guest Mavis Staples
Where: Stephens Auditorium, Ames, IA
When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $125, $89, $59 – few tickets still available

AMES, IOWA – The Iowa State Center has announced additional security measures will be in place for the October 24 performance of Bob Dylan at Stephens Auditorium. Patrons will be subject to wand searches and bag checks. Patrons who refuse to be searched will not be allowed into the venue and will forfeit their ticket.

Doors will open at 6:00 pm – 90 minutes before show time – providing that sound check is complete. The list of prohibited items include the following: firearms, knives, chains, studded bracelets, hard containers, laser pointers, professional cameras, hairspray, pepper spray, mace or any aerosol as well as outside food and beverage. Other items may also be deemed unacceptable by venue personnel. Patrons will be able to return to the venue after disposing of prohibited items outside of the venue.

To combat ticket scalping and reselling, all orchestra pit and rows 1-10 ticket holders must present identification and credit card used to purchase tickets to pick up these tickets at Will Call. These tickets will be available beginning at 6:00 pm at a ticket trailer located in the courtyard at the north entrance of the venue. Once Will Call tickets are picked up, ticket holders will be taken directly into the venue.

The Iowa State Center will also be asking ticket holders to enter specific doors based on ticket locations in order to streamline the search and entry process. See ticket locations and entrance locations below.

Main Floor Rows 1-19, Right Side - Enter SW Door
Main Floor Rows 1-19, Left Side - Enter SE Door
Main Floor Rows 20-32, Loge and Balcony Seating - Enter North Main Patio Doors

Will Call Tickets and Accessible Seating - Enter North Doors on Ground Floor

A strict no camera policy will be in place with no audio or video taping and no photos.

PostPosted: Sun October 22nd, 2017, 10:57 GMT 
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“It’s getting to the point, where (it’s) no fun anymore.”

PostPosted: Tue October 24th, 2017, 18:49 GMT 

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Taking off for Ames with a few friends from work (including someone who has never been to a Dylan show :roll: ). After really loving the Vegas show, I'm looking forward to hearing how much more comfortable Bob and the band might be with the new arrangements.

And then I get to see Larry and Theresa tomorrow night (cool facebook post linked on the homepage from Charlie catching their show with Shawn Colvin when the tours crossed paths a few nights ago).....grave

PostPosted: Tue October 24th, 2017, 21:56 GMT 
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Sounds like a great plan Grave.
Will be nice to see how it sounds since Vegas.
...and Larry / Teresa will be fun!
Caught them in a little performance tent at a small festival this summer.
Superb show.

Enjoy both nights!

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Things Have Changed
It Ain't Me Babe
Highway 61 Revisited

PostPosted: Wed October 25th, 2017, 02:55 GMT 
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Corn country!
“I got hogs all out in the mud”

Have fun tonight folks!

PostPosted: Wed October 25th, 2017, 03:24 GMT 

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Ames, Iowa
Stephens Auditorium
October 24, 2017

1. Things Have Changed
2. It Ain't Me, Babe
3. Highway 61 Revisited
4. Why Try To Change Me Now
5. Summer Days
6. Melancholy Mood
7. Honest With Me
8. Tryin' To Get To Heaven
9. Once Upon A Time
10. Pay In Blood
11. September Of My Years
12. Tangled Up In Blue
13. Early Roman Kings
14. Soon After Midnight
15. Desolation Row
16. Thunder On The Mountain
17. Autumn Leaves
18. Long And Wasted Years

19. Blowin' In The Wind
20. Ballad Of A Thin Man

Thanks to Laurette Maillet for the phone call.

Set lists, reviews, and information on
upcoming concerts can be found on the Bob Links
Tour Infomation page located at:

Bob Links Main Page:

PostPosted: Wed October 25th, 2017, 13:36 GMT 
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Thanks Bill!

PostPosted: Wed October 25th, 2017, 16:11 GMT 

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Great show in Ames last night. The security wands made everything move pretty slowly, but opening the doors 90 minutes before the show allowed for enough time to get everyone into the venue.

Mavis wasn't with Bob in Vegas, so this was my first time seeing her since last year. She always has great energy and was in much better shape (physically) than at many of her other shows that I attended (I remember seeing her shortly after a knee or hip surgery, and she was barely able to walk). She was moving around, dancing, and getting the crowd excited.

I will say that I miss her singing The Weight and old gospel tunes; with the new work with Tweedy, she wants to sing a few recent songs (even from her soon to be released album), and when you add that to the three or four songs that she always performs, she doesn't have room to do much else as an opening act.

Bob and the band were in great shape last night. Tryin' and Tangled were both much cleaner last night than in Vegas. Whether it was the comfort level of the band or the fact that I had already heard these new arrangements live, I very much enjoyed both songs and felt that they worked very well, despite the different moods evoked.

Summer Days and Thunder were again a lot of fun, as was Honest with Me. I fully understand the frustration that casual fans must feel when not recognizing songs in the new arrangements, but for me (and most of us, I presume), these make the show so much more engaging and fresh.

I am always confused about why people seem to be so excited with the Sinatra tunes. This was especially true last night. With the first words of a song, there is much more applause than with his own songs. I'm guessing this is partly due to the fact that they are recognized immediately (rather than waiting until the end of a verse to realize that he is singing Tangled or Blowin'), partly due to the fact that many casual fans might have listened to his recent albums to prepare for the show (perhaps only knowing those songs), and partly due to the fact that many might have decided to see that Bob Dylan guy that keeps being played on the Sinatra Sirius XM radio station. Whatever it is, I remain perplexed. As I mentioned after Vegas, I can recognize the charm of these songs, and his voice and phrasing are engaging, but they sure don't compare (for me) to hearing/watching him sing the other songs in the set.

Desolation Row was again a major highlight. I can't wait to hear the recordings, because I can't remember Donnie being so integral and fascinating in the final minutes of the song. Maybe I just wasn't paying attention to him as much in Vegas, but his playing was really great last night on Desolation.

I think it was the first time that the persons on either side of me were both sleeping during many of Dylan's songs. That was strange. But I'd rather sleepers than talkers, I guess!

I hope everyone else enjoys seeing this tour as much as I have loved these two shows. I hope the picture comes through (taken by a friend) to see the sparkly suits (and bowtie for Donnie).....grave

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PostPosted: Wed October 25th, 2017, 22:18 GMT 
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Thanks for sharing your thoughts Grave.
Well done and with a photo, to boot!


PostPosted: Thu October 26th, 2017, 07:58 GMT 
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:!: those suits are hot. thanks so much.

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Thank´s for sharing! Great review! Can´t wait for the shows in Philadelphia.

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