Fri March 10, Prague, Czech RepublicDate: Mon, 13 Mar 1995 08:48:17 EWT From: Mike Clendining (MCLENDIN@ESOC.BITNET) Subject: Prague 10 Mar The show was cancelled. Notices appeared a couple of hours before showtime 'Todays show is cancelled due to temporary illness of Bob Dylan, tickets are
Sat March 11 Prague, Czech RepublicDate: Mon, 13 Mar 1995 03:34:04 -0500 From: Andrew Muir (Andrew@ZIMMY.DEMON.CO.U) Subject: Re: Prague 10th-12th MARCH 11TH 1995 Crash On The Levee (Down In The Flood) If Not For You All Along The Watchtower Just Like A Woman Tangled Up In Blue Watching The River Flow --------------------------- Mr. Tambourine Man Boots Of Spanish Leather Its All Over Now, Baby Blue --------------------------- Man In The Long Black Coat God Knows Maggies Farm --------------------------- Shelter From The Storm It Aint Me, Babe
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 1995 11:55:51 -0500 From: CHC2hwy61 (chc2hwy61@AOL.COM) Subject: bit of news from Prague--want more What little I have heard from the concert front is that the first night in Prague Bob was wearing a purple shirt (perhaps sans jacket? definitely looking good:-)) He is said to have played *very* little guitar--mostly dancing around the stage holding the microphone! Also, *Down In the Flood* was the opener. The show lasted for two hours. Does anyone have the entire setlists so far? My information is on good authority, but I welcome other details or rebuttal. Are there any posters from the Czech Republic out there? Christine Consolvo
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 1995 16:14:10 -0500 From: CHC2hwy61 (chc2hwy61@AOL.COM) Subject: Re: bit of news from Prague--want more Just me again with a little update. It's confirmed that he played guitar on only two songs or so. When he first came out, he walked right past his guitar to the microphone and started singing! At some point he did apologize about cancelling due to illness the 1st night and was said to be holding his stomach a few times. Word has it it was the flu. Also, since he was without guitar, he had some slightly awkward (nonetheless adorable) flailings of his arms as he wasn't used to having them free. Maybe more later. Christine Consolvo
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 1995 17:03:06 -0500 From: CHC2hwy61 (chc2hwy61@AOL.COM) Subject: Re: bit of news from Prague--want more And this just in...I must amend that his arm movements may have appeared awkward. It was said to be *stunning*. (my apologies) He said something to the effect that "Prague is a nice place to get over the flu". His shirt was of royal purple satin. He was said to have coughed a bit and to seat himself to rest between some songs. He picked up his guitar during *River Flow* and played maybe 15 chords then put it down again. Perhaps he was too ill to be bothered with it? During *Me Babe* a slightly drunken woman jumped onstage, picked up his guitar and started to play. When security started to close in he waved them off and said it was all right. Then when he came to the lyric "and anyway I'm not alone" he leaned back and looked at her. Another woman hopped the stage when the show was almost over and laid a kiss on him. In conclusion (and it won't be) he was in *very* good mood and voice. Christine
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 1995 08:59:52 EWT From: Mike Clendining (MCLENDIN@ESOC.BITNET) Subject: Prague 11 March Down in the flood If not for you All along the watchtower Just like a woman Tangled up in blue Watching the river flow Mr tambourine man It's all over now baby blue Boots of Spanish leather Man in the long black coat God knows Maggies farm (encore) Shelter from the storm It ain't me babe . . The very large auditorium was full, the audience were becoming impatient by the time Dylan came on at 20.15. Bob seemed in a good mood despite explaining that he was recovering from 'flu. Throughout the show he retired to the rear of the stage between numbers and sat bent double seeming to gather his strength but then launched into each new number with even more feeling. During the encore a young woman got on stage and sat cradling Bob's guitar - when a security man went to remove her Bob said 'no, she can play it' and the girl remained to the end. A real experience, and a pleasure for this novice to meet such erudite posters as Heike,Ray, etc - some of whom are staying for the extra show on 13th - look forward to reports! Mike C
Sun March 12, PragueDate: Mon, 13 Mar 1995 03:34:04 -0500 From: Andrew Muir (Andrew@ZIMMY.DEMON.CO.UK) Subject: Re: Prague 10th-12th Full details have been on the HOMER line each night of the shows and, indeed, the non-show - so doubtless you all know the following set lists :-) PRAGUE MARCH 12TH 1995 Crash On The Levee (Down In The Flood) I Dont Believe You All Along The Watchtower Just Like A Woman Tangled Up In Blue Watching The River Flow --------------------------- Mr. Tambourine Man Desolation Row Dont Think Twice, Its Alright --------------------------- Man In The Long Black Coat God Knows Maggies Farm --------------------------- Ballad Of A Thin Man It Aint Me, Babe -- Andrew Muir
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 1995 12:41:15 MET From: Kaj Borum (AFM-KKBO@RISOE.DK) Subject: Prague setlist 12th March I am sending this this setlist for Jan Chalupa who I met at the first show in Prag. He can only read this newsgroup. Sunday 12th March setlist: 1. Down In The Flood 2. I Don't Believe You (Thanks to Frank) 3. All Along The Watchtower 4. Just Like A Woman 5. Tangled Up In Blue 6. Watching The River Flow --- 7. Mr. Tambourine Man 8. Desolation Row 9. Don't Think Twice It's Alright --- 10. God Knows 11. Man In The Long Black Coat 12. Maggie's Farm --- 13. Ballad Of A Thin Man (Thanks to Frank, again) 14. It Ain't Me Babe Notes: The show was fantastic! Bob seemed to be almost recovered from the flu. He didn't sit so many times (only once I think) and he played the guitar a bit more. There was no girl sitting in front of the drums during It Ain't Me Babe this time. Jan
Mon March 13, Prague
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 1995 11:19:44 MET From: Kaj Borum (AFM-KKBO@RISOE.DK) Subject: Setlist Prague 14th March - I am sending this setlist for Jan Chalupa from Prague. He can only read this newsgroup. Kaj The setlist for the third Prague show Monday 14. March (Date: Tue, 14 Mar 1995 11:25:25 MET Oops sorry, the setlist is from the third Prague show Monday 13. March.) 1. Down In The Flood 2. Lay Lady Lay 3. All Along The Watchtower 4. Just Like A Woman 5. Tangled Up In Blue 6. License To Kill --- 7. Mr. Tambourine Man 8. Times They Are A-Changing 9. Boots Of Spanish Leather --- 10. God Knows 11. Man In The Long Black Coat 12. Maggie's Farm --- 13. Like A Rolling Stone The last show was cool and again! People were not allowed to come to the stage during God Knows and had to wait till Maggie's Farm. There was only one encore but the show was not shorter than the previous one. I didn't notice it from my 15th row but Frank claimed that Bob still looked a little bit sick. Jan
Prague 13th (from Andrew Muir)
Crash On The Levee (Down In The Flood) Lay Lady Lay All Along The Watchtower Just Like A Woman Tangled Up In Blue License To Kill --------------------------- Mr. Tambourine Man Chimes Of Freedom (PRAGUE 14th OOPS! - Ah well the dangers of picking things up by mobile phone. The middle acoustic song was TIMES not CHIMES. Apologies!) Boots Of Spanish Leather --------------------------- Man In The Long Black Coat God Knows Maggies Farm --------------------------- Like A Rolling Stone Alternatives on the set list were: Jokerman as 1st song, Unbelievable as Fifth and Mama Youve Been On My Mind as one of the acoustics Thanks to Ray Webster for this. As each show passes there is more guitar &, therefore, less harmoica and concentration on vocals. Still sounds pretty great, however. -- Andrew Muir
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 1995 18:56:25 GMT From: Frank Justesen (Frank_Justesen@ONLINE.POL.DK) Subject: Prague Revisited How did the German shows pass away? Any sign of Dylan's sickness is getting better. What did he play? And did he play at all. Please ... information is highly wanted. I attended the three Prague shows and in spite of Dylan obviously was not feeling very well they were all incredible. For all three nights I'd seat on the front row and could watch every step Dylan was making. And from this point of view it seems like there was something seriously wrong. The first night he was only playing guitar at the end of Watching The River Flow. Second night a little bit more but never a whole song and same pattern the third night. Often between the songs he had to sit down on the drum podie with an attitude like he was completely knocked out. Well, I don't wanna judge anybody who don't wanna be judged, and ... I pay for my tickets and don't complain ... But something is wrong. In spite of that Dylan was singing and acting the songs so beautiful and emotionally that I've never heard before. For instance I thought I'd heard Mr. Tambourine Man once too much. But the performance in Prague - Oh Lord - was bringing tears to my eyes. Desolation Row the second night, I'll never forget it. Or only singing Rolling Stone the last night in a way never performed before. Over the years I have attended a number of Dylan concerts. These in Prague will always live very clear in my memory I believe. Well, I'm looking forward to hearing what has happened in Germany and will appreciate any news. Best .... Frank
Tue March 14, Fuerth
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 1995 08:13:20 GMT From: Ray Webster (ray@ROTHLEY.WIN-UK.NET) Subject: Fuerth set Fuerth - 14 March 95 Down In The Flood If You See Her Say Hello All Along The Watchtower Just Like A Woman Unbelievable I'll Be Your Baby Tonight Mr Tambourine Man Masters Of War Boots Of Spanish Leather Stuck Inside Of Mobile... Man In The Long Black Coat Maggie's Farm Like A Rolling Stone Most of the set was unstrung again, about the same as the previous night but with less harp playing, Bob looked a little better . Thanks to Heike Ray Webster
Wed March 15, AschaffenburgDate: Fri, 17 Mar 1995 12:54:02 EWT From: Mike Clendining (MCLENDIN@ESOC.BITNET) Subject: Aschaffenburg 15 March Down in the Flood Senor All along the watchtower Just like a woman Tangled up in blue I'll be your baby tonight Mr Tambourine man Masters of war Boots of spanish leather Stuck inside of Mobile I shall be released Highway 61 (encore) Like a rolling stone This was not a sellout, I estimate 80%, but very enthusiastic. No invasion of the stage this time. . Bob spoke to the audience a couple of times. Masters of war and Tambourine man were excellent. Tangled not so good (seemed to rush thro it) Is it just me, or are his mouthorgan solos pretty much the same whichever number he's doing?.... Mike C
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 1995 10:39:50 GMT From: Ray Webster (ray@ROTHLEY.WIN-UK.NET) Subject: Aschaffenburg set Aschaffenburg - 15 March 95 Down In The Flood Senor All Along The Watchtower Just Like A Woman Tangled Up In Blue I'll Be Your Baby Tonight Mr Tambourine Man Masters Of War Boots Of Spanish Leather Stuck Inside Of Mobile... I Shall Be Released Highway 61 Revisited Like A Rolling Stone Most of the set was unstrung again, with perhaps a little more guitar than the previous night. Only one encore printed on the play list. Thanks to Heike Ray Webster
Thu March 16, BielefeldDate: Fri, 17 Mar 1995 12:26:00 +0100 From: Johannes Massolle (j.massolle@KOMM.WESTFALEN.DE) Subject: Bielefeld, 16/03/95 Hallo! Dylan in Bielefeld played a similar set like in Prague (compared to the setlist, posted here by Kay). In addition to that he played "If Not For You", "Dignity" and a very, very deeply impressing "Masters Of War". As an encore he performed "Like A Rolling Stone", which seemed to be the ultimate version - I'dont need any covers of this songs anymore after that. The show had a very intimate, fascinating and dense mood - I forgot to smoke and drink - and the backing band was great. (I did like the mandolin-playing in the acoustic-parts very much.) Dylan did some of the guitar solos and vry tender harp-playing. It was an unforgettable evening. joh My friend Ursula says: - "I was with Johannes in Bielefeld at the Dylan Concert. I`m not a fan of - Dylan, but I was impressed. He was very stoned, but his voice was clear - and he didn`t sing very much through his nose. He sang full of impression - and in his songs you could hear his life. I heard some people in the - audience say, that he was lame and distanced. I thought that in the - beginning, too. But after I heard more of his musical life and his kind to - make shows, I understood his performance. And when I closed my eyes, it - was like a dream. And today, one day after the concert, I`m filled with - the impression of yesterday evening. Now I have to to work. Bye, Ursula." -- PGP-Public-key on demand. ## CrossPoint v3.02 ##
Sat March 18: Groningen, HollandDate: Mon, 20 Mar 1995 19:00:45 GMT From: "W. Vuyk" (vuyk@LET.RUG.NL) Subject: Groningen march 18 I tried to remember the set list, if I made mistakes I come back later to you (with thanks to collegues/friends who helped out on with this). Groningen, march 18. 1995 Martinihal 2200 visitors time: 20.15 - 21.30 21.35 - 21.45 (encore) 1 Crash on the levee 2 If you see her, say hello 3 All along the watchtower 4 Just like a woman 5 Tangled up in blue 6 Mr Tambourine Man (ab) 7 Hattie Carroll (ab) 8 Masters of war (ab) 9 Jokerman 10 It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry 11 She belongs to me 12 Maggies farm ------------------------- 13 Like a rolling stone Bob seemed in a rather good mood, his voice sounded all right. Wore the same clothes as before during this tour (purple shirt, black trousers). Didn't play the guitar much, but (as was said by people who did see previous shows) more than before this tour. It seems to me he doesn't where to put his hands and how to stand without a guitar.... Great band, same guys as on the Unplugged sessions. Bob had to use handkerchiefs after every two songs and towels. They used incense on stage, propably to clear the air. The band travels with 2 tourbusses and 3 trucks, all UK-registered. Bob arrived on friday 3-17 at 12.00 hours at Groningen Airport (yes, we have one!), and stayed at the Mercure hotel, just outside the Martinihal, according to the local press. Wim Date: Thu, 23 Mar 1995 20:13:23 +1200 From: Andrew McCallum (aam@MATAI.VUW.AC.NZ) Subject: Re: Groningen march 18 - Didn't - play the guitar much, but (as was said by people who did see previous shows) - more than before this tour. It seems to me he doesn't where to put his hands - and how to stand without a guitar.... What's this about Bob not playing the guitar? Last year the songs seemed to be extended guitar jams with Bob plucking away on lead like we've never seen him before. It would be good if someone could provide more details/description of this guitarless Bob. What does do while JJ and Bucky solo? Punch a cigarette? Conduct? More info someone please. Andrew. ---------- Date: Thu, 23 Mar 1995 21:08:57 GMT From: "W. Vuyk" (vuyk@LET.RUG.NL) Subject: setlists - reality Below you can compare the setlists of Groningen and Utrecht with what was actually played The setlists are presented as they were used on stage. BTW: there was NO tour book and NO tour poster (for those who are interested in these items) Setlist: Bob played: Groningen Down in the flood Down in the flood Lay lady lay/Man in me If you see her say hello Watchtower All along the watchtower Just like a woman Just like a woman Tangled Tangled up in blue Takes a train/Tombstone/River flow It takes a lot to laugh.. ------------- ------------- Tambourine Mr. Tambourine man God on our side/Masters/Hattie Carrol Masters of war Boots/Desolation The lonesome death of Hattie Car- roll ------------- -------------- Jokerman/Dignity Jokerman Shooting star/She belongs She belongs to me Dignity/Maggie's Maggie's farm -------------- -------------- Rolling stone Like a rolling stone #### Utrecht Down in the flood Down in the flood Senor Senor Watchtower All along the watchtower Just like a woman Just like a woman Tangled Tangled up in blue Big girl/Shelter You're a big girl now --------------- ------------------ Tambourine Mr. Tambourine man Masters/Gates Boots of Spanish leather Boots/Desolation Don't think twice, it's all right --------------- ------------------ Dignity Dignity Jokerman Jokerman Maggie's/Highway 61 Maggie's farm ---------------- ------------------- Rolling stone Like a rolling stone It ain't me babe ------------------------------ Date: Thu, 23 Mar 1995 21:14:24 GMT From: "W. Vuyk" (vuyk@LET.RUG.NL) Subject: Re: Groningen march 18 In article (1995Mar23.email@example.com) firstname.lastname@example.org (Andrew McCallum) writes: -From: email@example.com (Andrew McCallum) -Subject: Re: Groningen march 18 -Date: 23 Mar 95 20:13:23 +1200 -- Didn't -- play the guitar much, but (as was said by people who did see previous shows) -- more than before this tour. It seems to me he doesn't where to put his hands -- and how to stand without a guitar.... -What's this about Bob not playing the guitar? Last year the songs seemed to be -extended guitar jams with Bob plucking away on lead like we've never seen him -before. -It would be good if someone could provide more details/description of this -guitarless Bob. What does do while JJ and Bucky solo? Punch a cigarette? -Conduct? He doesn't know what to do, just is standing there, looking to the floor, holding up the mike. I think he is not ready for a cigarette yet (still a bit sick, using the handkerchief and towels between two songs). In Kerkrade and Utrecht he danced a bit I heard, esp. in Utrecht, where he seemed very happy with the enthusiastic audience. -More info someone please. There's really nothing more to tell.... -Andrew. Wim ------------- Date: Thu, 23 Mar 1995 15:54:33 +0100 From: gerkepott@VAX.AMERICAN.EDU Subject: Re: Groningen march 18 small mistake in the setlist: - - Groningen, march 18. 1995 - Martinihal - 2200 visitors - time: 20.15 - 21.30 - 21.35 - 21.45 (encore) - - 1 Crash on the levee - 2 If you see her, say hello - 3 All along the watchtower - 4 Just like a woman - 5 Tangled up in blue 6 It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry 7 Mr Tambourine Man (ab) 8 Masters of war (ab) 9 Hattie Carroll (ab) 10 Jokerman 11 She belongs to me - 12 Maggies farm - ------------------------- - 13 Like a rolling stone Heinrich ------------- Date: Thu, 23 Mar 1995 12:45:39 EST From: pjest8@VMS.CIS.PITT.EDU Subject: Re: Groningen Thank you very much for the setlist material. I have a couple questions about these days I saw Desolation Row printed in the setlist but not played, has he played this recently, if so, how did he play it? I have never heard of Bob singing this recently. Also, has he said anything to the audience between songs or any other reaction to audience? Next time you seen , tell him I said, "Hi" Thanks, the grey flannel dwarf
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 1995 09:57:36 -0600 From: Ronald Lamars (r.h.lamars@POBOX.RUU.NL) Subject: What Did the Dutch Newspapers Say ... NRC/Handelsblad, march 20, 1995. Reviewer: Jan Vollaard. This is a national newspaper which advertises itself as the 'quality' newspaper of the Netherlands. It is liberal to a high degree and it balances in in its views between conservative and progressive (never radically either way). It is popular among bussiness men and scholars. The review by Jan Vollaard headlines: 'Bob Dylan cuts down on his carreer a little more'. It reviews the 18 march concert in the Martinihal, Groningen. We were there. The first paragraph kicks off with the cited question of a security man: 'Is this the break?' Of course not; with this, the reviewer strongly makes the point that 'five quarters of an hour' seems to be a little short. The assembled forty-somethings leave the building without expressing discontent. 'Listless performance', is the qualification. The author rambles on about Dylan's lack of new material; his continuation of the Never ending tour with four 'faceless session' musicians because of a lack of a VUT-arrangement for musicians (i.e. Earlier Retirement with good financial conditions). Of course the 'nasal' and 'uninterested' singing does it for Mr Vollaard. 'Sad renditions of the old protest songs Masters of War and The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll'. The piece concludes with the remark that Bob Dylan is 'emprisoned in nostalgia for a time in which he was considered the voice of his generation.' The old 'he should never have gone electric' cry, we think. About the author: Mr Jan Vollaard has a long reputation for writing reviews like this; if it's not World Music or post-punk, he'll never write a single positive word. In this he is part of the school initiated by Elly de Waard, a Dutch feminist self-acclaimed poet. The concert itself: we thought it was pretty good, our company thought it was their best so far (out of approximately 4 national and 3 international concerts). Jokes about 'Joe Cocker' (the arms) and 'Tom Jones' (the facial expression?) were made good humouredly; at least something new was happening. To hear If you see her, say hello was great. During Jokerman there seemed to be some hassle between Dylan and the band and after a good start it sort of petered out. Utrechts Nieuwsblad, march 21, 1995. Peter Bruyn. The Utrechts Nieuwsblad is the local paper of Dylan's favorite hang out in the Netherlands. It is a reasonable newspaper with, for Dutch standards, quite a view readers, as Utrecht is the 4 th largest 'city' in the Netherlands. This review heads: 'Dylan surprisingly in form in Utrecht'. A very positive and friendly review of the concert at the Muziek Centrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, March 20. Peter Bruyn sums up that Dylan has been in the Netherlands for seven times now, three of which in Utrecht. Of the three 1995 concerts, no doubt Utrecht was the best and he adds, probably the best of all 7. 'Energetic'; 'no masks like hat or sun glasses'; 'great part of the concert not even behind his guitar'. 'No longer the voice of his generation (...) he is for Rock what James Joyce is for literature'. The reviewer gives a short overview of Dylan's career and mentions Highway 61 positively. He gives the names of the musicians and a complete (and correct!) set list. Very positive, indeed. We don't know anything about the author. The concert indeed seemed to us the best of three in a row in the Netherlands. This venue has great acoustics and we had pretty good standing places near by the man and his band. Probably our best concert so far, though personally (- Ronald) I will never forget Avigon 1981. Algemeen Dagblad, march 20, 1995. Reviewed by Karen Hamerlynck. This newspaper is an outspoken right wing one, balancing on the border of tabloid. And national. Never the less, not a bad review (Groningen march 18). It heads: 'Dylan is nostalgia in its purest form'. Indeed, the first two paragraphs concentrate on the bulk of the 45-somethings [!] who came to the concert hall to see the hero of their youth. But, after this, the reviewer concentrates on the smaller group of young ones, wondering why they have come to see the show; of course, he is one of the few of the sixties' great performers still alive and performing, so you must have seen him once in your life time. She interviews a 26 years old, who tells her that for a lack of contemporary music to be identified with political situations and revolutions - e.g. the fall of the Wall - he gets back to Dylan, with his 'timeless' lyrics. Well, not much of a review actually, but not too much dumb talk. We know nothing about the author. For the concert in Kerkrade, in the outskirts of the Netherlands (bordering with German twin town Herzogenrath), we could not find a review, as the local newspaper Limburgs Dagblad is difficult to find in Holland. Our experiences were badly influenced by the bad services for food and drink the town has to offer on a sunday night (or ever) and the pretty bad Roda Hall (19 march 1995). The concert was probably the least of the three Dutch concerts, but there really is little difference. Our standing place was near a mother with her 7 or 8 year old daughter, who enjoyed herself apparently. Robert Suvaal Ronald Lamars
Sun March 19: KerkradeDate: Tue, 21 Mar 1995 18:17:26 GMT From: "W. Vuyk" (vuyk@LET.RUG.NL) Subject: Kerkrade/Utrecht set lists Thanks to Hans Bosch for the following set lists: Kerkrade, march 19 1995 Rodahal 1 Crash on the levee/down in the flood 2 Lay lady lay 3 All along the watchtower 4 Just like a woman 5 Tangled up in blue 6 I'll be your baby tonight 7 Mr Tambourine man (ab) 8 Masters of war (ab) 9 Don't think twice, it's allright (ab) 10 Dignity 11 Jokerman 12 Maggie's farm ----------------- 13 Like a rolling stone Good concert, Dylan performed like a real song and dance man.
Mon March 20: UtrechtUtrecht, March 20, 1995 Muziekcentrum Vredenburg 1800 seats 1 Crash on the levee/down in the flood 2 Senor 3 All along the watchtower 4 Just like a woman 5 Tangled up in blue 6 You are a big girl now 7 Mr Tambourine man 8 Boots of Spanish leather 9 Don't think twice, it's all right 10 Dignity 11 God knows 12 Maggies farm --------------------- 13 Like a rolling stone 14 It ain't me babe The best concert in Holland, Dylan played and sang very well, and did 2 encores. The audience was very enthusiastic.
Wed March 22: Lille, FranceDate: Mon, 27 Mar 1995 07:37:49 UNDEFINED From: Heinrich Gerkepott (gerkepott@FEVAX.PICKER.DE) Subject: Lille, Brusselles, Paris Some friends reported about the shows of last week: Lille, March 22 1 Down In The Flood 2 The Man In Me 3 All Along The Watchtower 4 Just Like A Woman 5 Tangled Up In Blue 6 Positively 4th Street 7 Mr. Tambourine Man 8 Masters Of War 9 Don't Think Twice 10 Dignity 11 In The Garden 12 Maggie's Farm 13 Like A Rolling Stone 14 It Ain't Me Babe 15 I Shall Be Released first 45 minutes absolutely terrible (especially his guitar playing on 9, but than the show really started, so thay added another encore).
Thu March 23: Brussels, BelgiumDate: Mon, 27 Mar 1995 07:37:49 UNDEFINED From: Heinrich Gerkepott (gerkepott@FEVAX.PICKER.DE) Subject: Lille, Brusselles, Paris Some friends reported about the shows of last week: Brusselles, March 23 1 Down In The Flood 2 If Not For You 3 All Along The Watchtower 4 Just Like A Woman 5 Tangled Up In Blue 6 Queen Jane Appriximately (great version + performance) 7 Mr. Tambourine Man 8 Boots Of Spanish Leather 9 Don't Think Twice 10 Dignity 11 I And I 12 Maggie's Farm 13 Like A Rolling Stone 14 It Ain't Me Babe my friends saw all the shows on the continent, but this was said to be the best of them, even better than Utrecht.
Fri March 24: Paris, FranceDate: Mon, 27 Mar 1995 07:37:49 UNDEFINED From: Heinrich Gerkepott (gerkepott@FEVAX.PICKER.DE) Subject: Lille, Brusselles, Paris Paris, March 24 1 Down In The Flood 2 I Want You 3 All Along The Watchtower 4 Just Like A Woman 5 Tangled Up In Blue 6 You're A Big Girl Now 7 Mr. Tambourine Man 8 Masters Of War 9 Don't Think Twice 10 Dignity 11 I'll Remember You 12 Maggie's Farm 13 Like A Rolling Stone 14 It Ain't Me Babe a good show like most of the others so far. Heinrich
Sun March 26: Brighton, EnglandDate: Mon, 27 Mar 1995 04:58:25 GMT From: Mark Strong (mstrong@PAVILION.CO.UK) Subject: Brighton 26 March 1995 Brighton Centre, Brighton, England Sun 26 Mar 1995 Crash on the Levee/Down in the Flood I Want You All along the watchtower Just like a woman Tangled up in blue Simple twist of fate Mr Tambourine Man Boots of Spanish Leather Mamma you been on my mind Dignity Man in the long black coat Maggie's Farm --------- Like a Rolling Stone It ain't me babe --------- I Shall be released 'One of the best Bob Dylan Concerts ever in this Country' Vincent 'Dead Good' Ron 'Better than I'd hoped in my wildest dreams and then some and he smiled at the audience' Tina 'Dignity was brilliant' Mark 'Everything counted there weren't any run-throughs' Sue
Mon March 27: Cardiff, WalesDate: Tue, 28 Mar 1995 11:37:04 GMT From: "S. J. Bale" (glsjb@MAIL.BRIS.AC.UK) Subject: Cardiff, 27.3.95 Stonking. Truly amazing. I didn't write the setlist down, but the highpoints included Senor, (#2 slot) Desolation Row, Tambourine Man, Rolling Stone, H61R, Boots of Spanish Leather, oh, all of them really. His voice was crystal clear, and he looked like he was enjoying himself. I just wish that he hadn't worn the purple satin shirt. No dress sense, that man. What a show. I've come over all peculiar. Simon oh yes, and the band were as tight as a gnats. Very good.
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 1995 11:59:38 GMT From: david lindsey (dfl1@UNIX.YORK.AC.UK) Subject: Cardiff set list For Arnie stuck over there in L.A. down in the flood senor watchtower just like a woman tangled up in blue born in time tambourine man boots desolation row dignity she belongs to me maggie's rolling stone it ain't me babe highway 61. back up to 15 songs. Set list courtesy of wanted man hot line. Great concert but not as great as Brighton. The band seemed to really be enjoying themselves, final half became slightly rock n' roll thrash. Superb version of 'boots', desolation row word perfect, and first airing this tour for 'born in time' But 9 out of 15 songs repeated every night, in a country where at least 25% of the audience see more than one show ??
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 1995 18:13:43 GMT From: T Casey (mi940005@NEWI.AC.UK) Subject: Cardiff It was unbelievable, it started when the queues outside the C.I.A (Cardiff International arena)were asking themselves what type of mood His Bobness would be in the night, the crowd poured into the arena at 7.00pm. Made to wait till 8.10pm for the great one to appear, it was possible that perhaps he was not in to good a mood but the speculations were soon laid to rest when he smashed into Crash on the levee. No guitar around the neck, no suit, his suit half undone (t-shirt on underneath), mike in head and dancing around the stage, was this the Dylan we all know and love(next he'll be wearing a Tea towel on his head like prince, or whatever his name is). Anyway to cut a long story short he was amazing, the bloke has come back to life(has anyone read the artice in NME). The full listing is as follows (not sure if it's in order, the first four are and the last three, i was in to much of a shock to remember) Crash on the levee, Senor, Boots of spanish leather, Born in time, Tangled up in Blues, All along the watchtower, Mr Tamborine man, Just like a Woman, Desolation Row, Dignity, Maggies farm, Like a rolling stone, It aint me babe, Highway 61 Tar P.S i'm new to this net thing, please mail me
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 1995 15:38:28 GMT
From: Ray Webster (ray@ROTHLEY.WIN-UK.NET) Subject: Re: Dylan at Cardiff I think it may have been me you spoke to Marguerita, my thoughts since were that he may have been refering to Wales which as you will know has often been called 'The Land of my Fathers' An even funnier comment was made last night in Dublin when he introduced Bucky Baxter as being "The Sheriff of Buckingham" and then went on to say something about him being "The Law and Order man" ------- did I hear that right? Ray Webster - -Somebody (I've forgotten who. . . I'm sorry) who attended -the Dylan concert at Cardiff posted that Dylan said -something like, "My father's from around here." - -What do you think that Bob meant by that??????? - - Marguerita
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 1995 16:45:05 GMT From: Craig Jamieson (rcj10@CUS.CAM.AC.UK) Subject: Re: Dylan at Cardiff S. J. Bale (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote: : U0A75@WVNVM.WVNET.EDU wrote: : : Somebody (I've forgotten who. . . I'm sorry) who attended : : the Dylan concert at Cardiff posted that Dylan said : : something like, "My father's from around here." : : What do you think that Bob meant by that??????? : And he meant nothing I presume. Just the sort of thing that's expected : from song and dance men (aka entertainers). : I'm sure that Bob doesn't give a twopenny one about Cardiff. : It was a J-O-K-E Analysing jokes, jokettes or witticisms after the fact is not all that informative, but I took it to refer to Dylan Thomas as his father i.e. people insisting his name came from Dylan Thomas, misinformation which was in the papers again here, + Wales being known as The Land of My Fathers... I suspect it was a "you had to be there" situation... :-)
Wed March 29: London, EnglandDate: Thu, 30 Mar 1995 14:48:06 GMT From: billpannifer (billpannifer@EASYNET.CO.UK) Subject:
Brixton Academy, London 29/3/95 Down in the Flood I Want You Watchtower Just Like a Woman Tangled Up In Blue Takes A Lot To Laugh... Tambourine Man Boots of Spanish Leather Don't Think Twice Dignity She Belongs To Me Maggie's Farm Ballad of a Thin Man It Ain't Me Babe Like A Rolling Stone
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 1995 01:13:18 GMT From: Tim Anderson (freer@CIX.COMPULINK.CO.UK) Subject: Brixton 29th March Just got back from an ace Dylan concert in Brixton. Opening set by Elvis Costello, solo, was outstanding. Highlights for me were Indoor Fireworks and Tramp the Dirt Down (encore). He said nothing about Dylan but was in fine voice, somewhat under-appreciated by the audience who after all had come to see Bob. Bob came on and opened with Down in the Flood. The vocal was hard to make out, partly because it was well down in the mix, partly because of his delivery. Sometimes he seemed almost to be mumbling; but his voice was all there since at other times it rang out sharp and clear. His voice seemed to get louder and stronger as the concert progressed, but it might just have been that I got more used to it. He seemed to be in a good mood and the audience was warm towards him. At times he has a haunted, driven look, as if he just has to sing these songs, he can do no other. Other times he is playful and just enjoying himself. He constantly re-interprets his old songs; he did a stunning Tambourine Man that brought back to life what for me had become a tired song. TUIB was at breakneck speed, disappointing I thought, but others more than made up for it. I greatly enjoyed I Want You, and also liked the way he did Don't think Twice; he raised his eyebrows as he sang the line "...don't think twice it's alright", highlighting the question that gives the song its power: is it all right, or is it not? He joked about Dignity being a new song "well, only 10 years old". He was playing guitar for most but not all the numbers; without it he seemed hunched and less confident, as if there was a guitar-shaped hole in his posture. Like a Rolling Stone was the final encore ... the audience sang along a little with "How does it feel", bizarre for a song which is about isolation. It's amazing how hard it is to remember the exact sequence of songs, so I've just noted down what I remember, not in the right order I'm afraid and I'm sure I've missed a few out. Down in the Flood (hard to make out words) All along the Watchtower (excellent) I want you (very good indeed) It Aint me babe (a bit perfunctory I thought) Mr Tambourine Man (very good) Just like a woman It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry (great to hear this one again, pounding train rhythm from band) Don't think twice (very good) Tangled up in blue (too fast to my taste) Maggies Farm (good) She Belongs to Me Spanish boots of spanish leather (lovely performance) Dignity (strong performance) Ballad of a thin Man (very good, incredible variation in the was he sings "do you mistahhhh Jones") Like a Rolling Stone (perfunctory) All in all a special evening. Tim
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 1995 11:21:48 GMT From: "S. J. Bale" (glsjb@MAIL.BRIS.AC.UK) Subject: Re: Brixton 29th March Tim Anderson (email@example.com) wrote: : He was playing guitar for most but not all the numbers; without it he : seemed hunched and less confident, as if there was a guitar-shaped hole : in his posture. : Like a Rolling Stone was the final encore ... the audience sang along a : little with "How does it feel", bizarre for a song which is about : isolation. : It's amazing how hard it is to remember the exact sequence of songs, so : I've just noted down what I remember, not in the right order I'm afraid : and I'm sure I've missed a few out. Thanks for this. I was wondering if I was the only other rmder to see him in the uk! I agree about the guitar-shaped hole. It doesn't suit him. And yes, his reinterpretation of Tambourine Man was stunning. At Cardiff he finished with a very loud, very energetic, absolutely wild H61R which ripped through the crowd. LARS was done first in the encore then It Ain't me Babe, the H61R. The last of the main set was an equally lively Maggies Farm. It's a pity he didn't do It Takes A ot to Laugh: he was in such fine rocking form. But, why was Elvis Costello NOT at Cardiff? There was no support act at all. Any ideas? Simon
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 1995 15:04:11 GMT From: Robert Fincher (robert@FINCHER.DEMON.CO.UK) Subject: Brixton 29th march Well, I was there as well on the 29th in London and I didn't think he was too good. Bob looked fine and seemed to be singing okay, but the band.... Just totally boring, plodding stadium rock music (generally). How I imagine a Simple Minds concert to sound, but with better songs. At least there were no cigarette lighters lit and being waved around. I liked She Belongs to Me, and Dignity was pretty good but that was about it . I should add that I went with seven others and they all thought he rated good to excellent, so perhaps I caught Bob on an off night (mine). He just didn't move me and he can (and did in 1993) One more thing. On the BBC radio station for London GLR (good radio station), this morning 1st April at 06.30, they advertised a competition in which the prizes were 3 copies of Unplugged on CD. Thats all I know about that as I went back to sleep, so if it isn't out it must be soon. Maybe. Ah well.... Rob
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 1995 15:26:17 -0400 From: Andrew Muir (Andrew@ZIMMY.DEMON.CO.UK) Subject: Re: Brixton 29th march I agree, Rob. It was Bob-by-numbers stuff. Pretty dull by his standards - I hope you made the next two nights though - they were somewhat better shall we say! -- Andrew Muir
Thu March 30: London, EnglandDate: Fri, 31 Mar 1995 00:54:03 GMT From: Tim Anderson (freer@CIX.COMPULINK.CO.UK) Subject: Brixton 30th March Well, I have to eat my words. This was even better than the previous night. EC was rather uncommunicative, maybe not quite as strong, but still excellent. Dylan's voice seemed stronger and there was more atmosphere somehow. Songs: Down in the flood If you see her say hello All along the Watchtower Jokerman Every grain of sand Positively fourth St Tambourine Man Masters of War She Belongs to me God Knows Stuck inside of Mobile I believe in you Like a Rolling Stone Times they are a'changin I shall be released (duet with Elvis Costello!) The duet at the end was excellent fun, with EC and BD doing alternate phrases. A very good concert, probably the best I've seen. Don't expect any more reports from me - I'm not going to any more on the current tour :-((( Tim
Date: Mon, 24 Apr 1995 13:58:47 +0100 From: "B.P. Taylor" (B.P.Taylor@NEWCASTLE.AC.UK) Subject: 1995 Tour report (late entry) 29 March 1995 - Brixton Academy, London, England ================================================ Down In The Flood (Crash On The Levee) I Want You All Along The Watchtower Just Like A Woman Tangled Up In Blue It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry [/Obviously 5 Believers] Mr Tambourine Man [acoustic with band] Boots Of Spanish Leather [acoustic with band] Don't Think Twice, It's All Right [acoustic with band] [/Visions Of Johanna] Dignity She Belongs To Me Maggies Farm - Ballad Of A Thin Man - It Ain't Me, Babe [acoustic with band] - Like A Rolling Stone Comment: I queued from 4:15pm and managed to secure front row in the standing area a few feet from where Dylan was going to play. I almost didn't make it because not all of the inner doors opened simultaneously, as had been promised. It's incredibly frustrating to be held back when you can see dozens of people rushing to the stage. Elvis Costello came on at 8pm and performed an excellent 40 minute solo acoustic set. A quality opening act really makes a big difference. At the Hammersmith 1993 shows the act was called 'The Stunning' - trust me, they weren't.... Dylan appeared at 9:20pm, opening with a very loud "Down In The Flood". No guitar, holding the mic in one hand and the wire in the other. Vocals buried underneath the electric guitars, seemingly intentionally because all other songs sounded fine. Mammoth. Dylan's movement on stage was...idiosyncratic. Black trousers with silver buttons down the side, blue silk shirt and black waistcoat. Picture him with knees bent slightly, one hand gently holding the microphone to his mouth, the other arm in an outstretched 'V' holding up the wire, hand shaped to point though at nothing in particular, seemingly watching us all (and the band) intently but in reality looking with his face and not his eyes. Attempts at dancing which turned out to be jerking to the left or right whenever it took his fancy. An (only just) controlled staggar. The next four songs were 'all right'. "I Want You" was given a slow arrangement. I can't remember if Dylan picked up his guitar before or after this song. "All Along The Watchtower", "Just Like A Woman" and "Tangled Up In Blue" were all bog standard performances, Dylan on autopilot. "It Takes A Lot To Laugh..." was very bluesy, the same great summer 1993 arrangment and played very well indeed. And now the acoustic set. I'd heard great reports about this portion of the show but I'd yet to witness it for myself. "Mr Tambourine Man" was wonderful. I couldn't believe he had bettered the slow Dresden 1994 arrangement. (Why must people insist on singing along with this song!!) "Boots Of Spanish Leather" was the highlight of this show. Exquisite, gorgeous, perfection, so much feeling. I have never heard anything as wonderful as these two performances. Both without Dylan on guitar. A three-way conference between Jackson, Dylan and Garnier. By the time I had resolved to shout out for 'Dark Eyes' I recognised the chords for "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right". Such a shame because Dylan seemed to have switched off for this song. The cue sheet alternate was 'Visions Of Johanna'.... During "Dignity" there was some mix-up with the lyrics. I'm pretty sure Dylan repeated the "...edge of the lake" verse but who cares! After a mindless "Don't Think Twice..." it was great to hear him make real sense of the lyrics to "Dignity" "She Belongs To Me" and "Maggies Farm" were standard arrangements but nicely done. During the latter Dylan motioned with an outstreched palm for the band to quieten. Dylan rested his left hand on the microphone stand and took a bow, with the odd flower flying past his head. The band left the stage but could still be seen in the doorway at the back. They returned for an average "Ballad Of A Thin Man". Another spell in the doorway and then a beautiful acoustic "It Ain't Me, Babe". Yet another minute off stage, returning to play "Like A Rolling Stone". The same arrangement as the broadcast 'Unplugged' but with more fire. Another bow and more flowers. He picked one up, blew a kiss and then threw it back into the crowd. As Dylan turned to leave a woman threw her felt hat onto the stage but he didn't see it. Garnier mentioned it to him and as they passed the drums Dylan glanced back but didn't stop. A patchy night with some real highs to counter the lows. Hmmm, sounds like a weather report.. I can't remember at what point in the set but Dylan introduced the band. Approx: 'From the USA, John Jackson. I saw the Oscars last night and would've given him all of them if I could...' --
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 1995 13:02:42 GMT From: billpannifer (billpannifer@EASYNET.CO.UK) Subject: setlist 30 March Brixton Academy, London 30th March 95 Down in the Flood If You See Her Say Hello Watchtower Jokerman Every Grain of Sand Positively 4th St Mr Tambourine Man Masters of War Love minus zero God Knows Stuck Inside of Mobile I Believe in You Rolling Stone Times They Are a Changin I Shall Be Released (DUET with Elvis Costello) (Elvis - solo acoustic- is opening all three London shows.) Also present (but not appearing) George Harrison, Chrissie Hynde. Dylan 20 mins late on stage. Not as animated as previous night. Marvellous harp on If You See Her. A rather religious setlist! All smiles for the duet- well sung with Elvis and Bob alternating lines within the verses, and Bob pretending to mouth the words into Elvis's ear at one point.
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 1995 15:50:39 BST From: Eddie Thornley (ISSUET@razor.wbs.warwick.ac.uk) "It was, incredibly, miraculously, just like the Sixties: crisp, audible Iyrics sung with passion, tact and poise; clear political commitment; a concern by the singer to dwell within the songs and deliver them as if newly written; a deft manipulation of the overpowering noise that can be made using only a voice and six acoustic guitar strings. And then the support act (a Mr Elvis Costello) left the stage and Bob Dylan came on..." This from this morning's Independent review of Bob's show. Laugh, I nearly spilt my tea. Eddie
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 1995 23:15:45 +0000 From: John Perry (John@JPERRY.DEMON.CO.UK) Subject: Brixton March 30th Nice to see Bob again after 14 or so years. Good to see him at a club sized venue too, with room to move around & not get jostled. I wasn't knocked out by the band ..... For anyone who hasn't seen this lineup - and I don't know how long he's been using 'em - try imagining The New Riders of The Purple Sage on a dull night with the drum seat taken by the drummer from any lightweight heavymetal warmup band you ever saw. Perhaps the wages aren't so good ? Material of this class needs subtlety im the ensemble playing, either the band weren't up to it, or The Bandleader wasn't having any ..... And the arrangements ! This lot must have met at a Rallentando Abuse Group. It is no exaggeration to say that at least 60 per cent of the songs ended with a coda - sometimes TWO - where the band slowly restated the primary chord sequence cf. Stuck Inside of Memphis with de Memphis Blues [sic]. Useful thing rall. but like most other formal devices it gets no better by being beaten to death. I suppose if anybody has earned the right to doodle around on lead guitar in front of his own bar band it's Dylan. Anyone know by what process the man with the strongest body of songs in the world came up with this lot ?
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 1995 01:12:00 +0000 From: John Perry (John@JPERRY.DEMON.CO.UK) Subject: Re: Brixton 30th March ... The acoustic set stood out. Balance was right - and I thought - rapport between the musicians better. She Belongs To Me was lovely. ... Well the way he held the mic lead with the other hand, rather awkwardly, high, away from the body looked a bit like somebody about to do a Jackie Wilson spin ! Something slightly dislocated about the body language.
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 1995 11:43:55 GMT From: Craig Jamieson (rcj10@CUS.CAM.AC.UK) Subject: Re: Brixton 30th March Re: Brixton 30th March Tim Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote: : Well, I have to eat my words. This was even better than the previous : A very good concert, probably the best I've seen. Don't expect any more No time to post anything detailed, but never have I been to a Bob Dylan concert where there was more unanimity about the quality of the performance among those who attend a serious number of Dylan concerts in an average year. Even the most cynical who can always find fault were mesmerized, some astounded. You cannot ask for more than Bob Dylan put into that Thursday performance in Brixton. If you are not going to one of this tour's concerts, wellllll, let's just say Dylan is giving the sort of performance where to miss it would be made an imprisonable offence in a just society. For your own well being you must attend. There is no alternative. Hobartian, Olofian, Caspersian, Gerkepottish, Gustavssonnian, let alone UKrmderian, information to follow at a later date, in a more leisurely fashion. Just wanted to avoid anyone saying after Dylan leaves the UK, "You didn't say it was THAT good, I would have got on a plane and paid scalpers prices if I'd known that! Why didn't you say while there was still time?" Well I did. Get your credit card and passport, get on down to your airport, buy the DAT with mikes at the duty free, and experience performance of significance. If you have read some of my past postings you will know I do not enthuse about modern performances lightly. You miss this, you have only yourself to blame, EDLIS advises attend at any cost... You might even consider selling your last pair of boots and coming barefoot if that's what it takes. ;-) Craig
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 1995 06:23:46 GMT From: Tim Anderson (freer@CIX.COMPULINK.CO.UK) Subject: Re: Brixton 30th March I'm sorry. Bob did not play She belongs to me at this concert. He played Love minus Zero. The order is right though. "Tell me nothing about nothing and I just might tell you the truth" Tim
From: "Wilson, Andrew F" (AFWilson@iee.org.uk) To: "Andersen, Karl" (Karl.Erik.Andersen@nbr.no) Subject: Dylan in Brixton Date: Fri, 07 Apr 95 12:36:00 PDT As I can't post to rec.music.dylan, here are some comments about the show I saw. Dylan's concert in Brixton on 30 March was absolutely excellent. If anything, the venue is even better than the Hammersmith Odeon, where I saw him last. The first number, Down in the Flood, was somewhat mumbled (or perhaps muffled in the mix), but thereafter everything was clear as a bell. It was puzzling to see Bob without a guitar, holding a microphone in one hand, swaying slightly rather than dancing. It's certainly a pose which takes some getting used to, and it was reassuring that he picked up a guitar for most of the numbers. Why wouldn't the bass player look at the audience? For almost all of the show he faced the drummer, and hardly ever turned around. There seemed to be a lot of debate about the set list during the show. After most numbers there was a confab, presumably to agree what was going to be sung next. During one of the songs the slide player stopped suddenly and changed to another guitar - presumably a broken string. Later in the song he changed back again - presumably it has been fixed. The result was two large chunks of the song with no slide guitar in it. The audience did not seem very interested during Elvis Costello's support set. There was plenty of applause, but not much attention whilst he was singing. However, there seemed to be general pleasure when he joined Bob to sing I Shall Be Released in the final encore. Andrew
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 1995 11:56:10 -0500 From: rcj@ULA.CAM.AC.UK Subject: Brixton Academy Thursday 30 March 1995... Brixton Academy Thursday 30 March 1995 1. Crash On The Levee (Down In The Flood) [Dylan sans guitar] 2. If You See Her, Say Hello [Dylan sans guitar] 3. All Along The Watchtower 4. Jokerman 5. Every Grain Of Sand 6. Positively 4th Street 7. Mr. Tambourine Man [Dylan sans guitar] 8. Masters Of War [Dylan sans guitar] 9. Love Minus Zero/No Limit 10. God Knows 11. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again 12. I Believe In You 13. Like A Rolling Stone 14. The Times They Are A-Changin' 15. I Shall Be Released [with Elvis Costello] Welllll, you are thinking this looks a mighty boring posting, we saw this set list some time ago. Feel free to skip to the next posting if you like, I intend simply to give a meandering review of my impression of this concert. I have chosen this one because I promised to do it and because the general consensus among those who take their Dylan concerts in large multiples is that this was the finest of the recent European tour. It was an excellent concert. Mr Dylan was working very hard. He was delivering. He was connecting. Everyone I knew left satisfied. Those unfamiliar with my posting style may think that is no special comment on a UseNet Newsgroup for dedicated Dylan fans. Those who know me will know that I rarely get excited about anything other than pre-Columbian Dylan. I am an unreconstructed fan of Bob Dylan in the 1960s, especially the early 1960s. In later decades I have even experienced some concerts where I felt I deserved my money back, but we won't go into that. I have never been of the deified Dylan set wherein all he does is of varying levels of perfection. So my simple satisfaction is a strong recommendation that whatever your opinion of Bob Dylan, attend a concert when he comes near you now and see if he has preserved the spell he cast on Brixton on that Thursday night. England has been teeming with Dylan concert goers from around the globe for some time, many came a week or more early in order to have some time before the hard trek of a tour dominated their schedule. Several kindly came to visit me, so in a sense the concert of 30 March began much earlier. I shan't bore you with information on each and every person, but I shall give a few examples in order to convey some of the flavour of recent events for me. The first to arrive on my doorstep were Jon and Carol Casper. Regular readers will recall that Jon is the EDLIS Promo CDs agent (and has some other agency as well, I disremember which). I was in London on real academic business the day they arrived, no Dylan connection, and we met up for a fine Gujarati Indian meal and then a few days later they made the journey to Cambridge to see the EDLIS archives, computer systems, lunch at King's College, tea in the library and then dinner at our house. Tea was of course followed with #dylan in irc where they met Ben Taylor for the first time in a live conference. And afterwards they caught a late train from Royston back to London, and I feel sure I saw them each do it with a one-arm jump too! As I drove home from the station I swear I could hear two voices singin' in the distance, "I got the Great Northern Cambridge & Royston to King's Cross train bluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu-ooo-oo- ues, oh Lawdy mamma, got 'em in the bottom of my ramblin' shooo-oo-oo-es, an' when the whistle blows I got to go-oo- oo, baby, don't you know-ow, it looks like I'm never gonna lose the Great Northern Cambridge & Royston to King's Cross train blues..." :-) By Thursday no fans wanted to be in Cambridge, the EDLISian encampment was firmly based in London. Luncheon events in London that day were hard to choose from, I gather many went to a Bob Dylan imitators' contest at the London Dylan pub, The Coach and Horses in Mayfair, but a small old guard from rec.music.dylan convened at Calabash, an African restaurant in Covent Garden. The pair of Bens were there, not a common occurrence, Ben of Newcastle (who is some agent or other I believe?), and Ben of Hobart Tasmania, EDLIS' famed Australian Affairs agent. Until that moment they had not known each other outside of #dylan on irc and e-mail. A lot of meetings this tour have been like that. Hugh Eaton, a relatively new poster, dropped by but as he takes his work seriously he did not have time to stay to eat. Clearly a solid Dylan interest there though, so watch for quality postings from the heart of London. Jon, Carol and myself were there. And most eminent among us was Olof Bjorner, who surprised us all by speaking in sentences, not in set lists! And where a person wished to attend, but was unable to, there was often an envoy. So, for example, Joe Cliburn (EDLIS - Who Has Which Boot agent) missed one more important event, but was brought to life by the tales of Ben of Hobart who had recently visited him. And Andy Gustavsson, the EDLIS Swedish Affairs agent presently on assignment in the United States, unable to attend, sent his parents in his stead! The charming Anne-Marie and Lasse Gustavsson, well versed in matters Dylanological, though appearing less visibly debilitated by the Dylan bug than Andy seems to be. We had a fine meal, a few drinks, and the younger ones went off to save places in the Brixton queue for the more elderly (or did Ben say "the more lazy"?). Brixton is a rough part of London, there is no denying it. When I moved to London after my first degree we were astounded by rents and looked through the papers for something affordable. We found a flat for 200% more than we had been paying in rural Wales for a complete cottage and it was the cheapest there was. It was in Brixton. We did not know one London borough from another, it was definitely the cheapest flat in the paper so we set off to meet the landlord. Leaving the tube station we looked around and knew this was not going to work out but felt honour bound to show up. The landlord came down to let us in, for an afternoon appointment, in his pajamas and dressing gown. Following him up the stairs he turned to us and said, "I can see by the look on your faces that this is not what you were looking for, but I am going to be fixing it up." Water was running down the walls and large pieces of wallpaper were peeling off. "In fact I can fix it up now", he continued, tearing the wallpaper off the wall. "There, that's better", he said. And on it went. And as fate would have it we turned him down and went to live on the opposite side of the city in Crouch End! Well Britain has had many years of Conservative rule, (apparent to tourists who must step over the homeless in the West End of London) and a place like Brixton, how has it fared? You can imagine. But the Brixton Academy is a good venue, well run and with an excellent atmosphere. The queue before the concert was good fun, not tedious at all. I spoke with so many old faces and new, many of the latter I would not have known except for Internet connections. John Baldwin was well ahead of us in the queue, a rec.music.dylan poster whom you may recall, but retiring from work soon after the concert and therefore, EDLIS is reliably informed, intending to contribute substantially to the net. We look forward to that. I met again various people with whom I had queued overnight in June of 1978 when that was how one got decent tickets (e.g. David Agar, for anyone who recalls the people of those very real encampments). And for the first time I met Ray Webster (EDLIS - Tours & Tickets agent) in the flesh, a larger than life figure who knows everyone and is never without a smile. You will recall he is the one who always attracts the cliche that, "he has attended more Bob Dylan concerts than anyone else in the world, including Bob Dylan." Many others were there, including many authors and fanzine writers. Clinton Heylin was in the pub, but I gather did not attend the concert though he had a ticket? John Baldwin I mentioned, presumably most readers now have their copies of his The Fiddler Now Upspoke, but just in case perhaps John could post ordering details to rec.music.dylan? Alison & Phill Townsend were there, though I did not get a chance to speak with them until Manchester. In general there was a tendency to try to get to know new faces at the expense of the old. But the old guard was there, Clive Barrett again getting his priorities wrong, rushing off to relieve a babysitter rather than attend one of the after concert parties. Larry the Lamb, and so on, all the expected characters at these events. And several missed at the concert were caught up with at a Greek lunch in Marble Arch the next day. For example the unparalleled Heinrich Gerkepott, whom I had never met before. Once more a gathering of people with considerable interest in Mr Dylan's work around one table, I found it fun. So you've read this far and think nothing has been said about the concert. I suppose I am stalling. What Bob Dylan does is a very personal thing and I find with anyone I know well all they need to say is something like, "Tonight it worked", and that is enough for me to know all I need to know. Well, tonight it worked. But maybe I'll try and tell you more. I sat in a front row balcony seat, neither DAT taping nor videoing, so I don't suppose I deserved that position. Ben of Newcastle was in front of Bob's left foot, at the apron to the stage, wondering how anyone could be so boring as to be so far back as front row balcony, missing all the atmosphere. But it suits me. (Unfortunately I had forgotten my torch and notebook, so a certain person's fantasies did not come true... ;-)) I have asked Ben Taylor to put a large photograph of the back of his head on his World Wide Web homepage so people can look at that and then recognise him in the audience videos. If you see him from the front -- which is possible, he does not stand stock still -- you will already recognise him as he is the one with the black make- up all over his face in the form of a Newcastle Student Union stamp... The support act was Elvis Costello (many of the UK dates had no support), who was excellent, but I will leave his part to be described by someone more familar with his work, perhaps Hugh Eaton might like to comment? As support acts go we are talking about something rather high quality here. But with Dylan it starts all at once with a crash of cymbals and Crash on the Levee (Down In The Flood) (1967)... The man has no guitar! You knew it would be that way but it is still startling. And the enunciation is poor. But the place is very excited. Very pleased. Many recognise the song in the first few sounds, but many more casually interested in Dylan take a few lines of lyric before they catch it. "Heyyyyyyyyyyyyy, mamma gonna you're gonna miss your best frieeend nowwwwwwwww, Gonna have to find yourself a-nother best frieeend, somehowwwwwwwwwwwwww." Shivers down the spine on the first song means he is on form, right? The windmill arms, the wacky shuffling and posing, where did he dig this up? Does it work? Manic loss of guitar, yes I think we can say it is weird but captivating. If You See Her, Say Hello (1974) continues with a guitar- less Dylan, but now the voice is clear. Is he aiming in his first song at Mr Jones reviewers like the Telegraph review many would have read before this concert, a bizarre review I hope someone will post. The old why are so many people fooled into paying top prices for a sold out concert by someone so incompetent and why are they so pleased? With no acknowledgement that the reviewers are missing something they cannot understand but others clearly do. Poor enunciation means only insiders, dedicated fans, can catch every word. Casual attenders are left catching very few. But that was the first song, the second, If You See Her, Say Hello, is beautifully clear, and clarity remains for the rest of the evening. The harmonica gets quite a cheer. And the crowd goes crazy after the song, so much so I wondered if he was peaking too early, would we have Watchtower and then a trough in the atmosphere? It was a hungry crowd, demanding a lot. "Thank you" and then All Along The Watchtower (1968) strong and in appropriately uncomfortable spurts, building and building, the voice is piercing the night, you can feel he knows it is working tonight and he has no fear of where he is going next. "Outside in the distance, a wildcat did growl, two riders were approaching, and the wind began to howwwwllll." He had harnessed his mystic powers and the wildcat did growl and the wind took on a form of its own. He wasn't baring his teeth in that scary way he used to do, but he had that theatrical control of the situation which cannot but fascinate. The gods were with him. The crowd is wild but wanting to see what happens next. Lots of requests shouted out at this point. Hugh Brown is not the next song. :-( Jokerman (1983) is quieter of course, well received but a chance to recover energy. A strong feeling that Mr Dylan is aiming to give us an extremely autobiographical set this evening. A very restrained performance of this song, but clearly intentionally so. Manipulator of crowds, you're a dream twister... Every Grain Of Sand (1981) exquisitely performed. "I have gone from rags to riches in the sorrow of the night, in the violence of a summer's dream, in the chill of a wintry light, in the bitter dance of loneliness fading into space, in the broken mirror of innocence on each forgotten face." Musically memorable. Positively 4th Street (1965). Played in the expected way, yet the cheer did not come until the words began. And, "When you know as well as me you'd rather see me paralyzed, Why don't you just come out once and scream it?" is left out. Then, "And now I know you're dissatisfied with your position and your place, Don't you understand it's not my problemmm", gets quite a cheer in the middle of the song. Excellent. Mr. Tambourine Man (1964), acoustic, Dylan sans guitar, immaculately beautiful, even to those who have tired of this one. Crowd noise gets a bit intrusive but it does not spoil anything. It is quietly sung, the bar has been open a long time and we are at a live concert, so... Masters Of War (1962), acoustic, Dylan sans guitar, powerful from the first, yet delicate. Lots of crowd reaction. "And I hope that you die and your death will come soon, I'll follow your casket by the pale afternoon, and I'll watch while you're lowered down to your deathbed, and I'll stand over your grave 'till I'm sure that you're dead." Cheers. (Echoes of Elvis Costello's final song? :-)) Love Minus Zero/No Limit (1965), acoustic, Dylan with guitar, long intro. Exquisite, tailored, the ninth song is a good spot to hit them with perfection. He hits them with perfection. Craftsmen, master, significant performer, displaying his wares with confidence. Nothing showy. Nothing unexpected. Quality. The crowd reacts, they know it is special. Is Shirley Noznisky still in his mind when he sings this? God Knows (1990) machine gun drums break the calm. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again (1966) fast moving, full voiced. Did he really sing, "But the post office has been stolen and the e-mail box is locked"? Then we have the band introductions. By I Believe In You (1978) we are on the third song I would not include in a set list, yet I have not noticed this as it was happening, they are so well performed. Then we are into encores. Like A Rolling Stone (1965) played as if Edie Sedgwick herself was there and listening? Not really, but well done all the same. Crowd clapping along a bit, then singing along sporadically. Wild applause. The Times They Are A-Changin' (1964) meets a lively crowd with exactly what they want, pleasing the wide age range of that audience. Well crafted. Well received. I Shall Be Released (1967) with Elvis Costello. A wonderful duet, especially to see, with Dylan dominating, smiling, enjoying the end of what he knows has been a very fine night. "For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of man." What can one say? You should have been there. Why weren't you? :-) I hope he can do something similar in a town near you. EDLIS advice to the moderate collector? So far we have seen no CDs, the rather unfortunate raid on Camden Market has slowed that side of things a little during the tour. You need a DAT of this one and if you have not yet seen the 1995 Dylan sans guitar then you need an audience video, probably best from the balcony if you want to marvel at what those feet do. Funny chap that Bobby Dylan. :-) (Many will recall we had Dylan sans guitar during Rolling Thunder, I am told it even appears on the CD-ROM. Could that project have reminded Dylan of the possibility?) Someone from Wisconsin I believe, posted the other day about how they always smiled or laughed at the funny bits in songs, and I must admit I share this peccadillo. But it is striking that Bob Dylan long ago gave up on pausing for those laughs, listening today you have to wonder if even he could tell you where the audiences used to laugh. Listening to tapes as late as 1965 you can be struck by the alertness of the audience. Compare Love Minus Zero/No Limit on your tape of 30 March 1995 with your tape (or CD: Songs That Made Him Famous, Tuff Bites, T.B. 95.1012, 1995, Bar code: 5 450222 950129, Matrix: DURECO  TB 95.1012) of 27 March 1965. [5/082.1] "In the dime stores and bus stations, people talk of situations, read books, repeat quotations, draw conclusions [pause] on the wall [audience laughter]." But today it is sung straight through, no wait-for-it pause. But I still smile. There are countless lines like that. Leaving the concert we ran across Andrew and Pia Muir and Andrew had a gleam in his eyes and a look of excitement. He was clearly very impressed. A few days after the concert I saw a posting from him and thought, oh dear, has he re- thought, will he be as unreservedly praising as he was on the night. And the posting was not positive, but then I realised he was talking about the night before and when he got to Thursday he had high praise indeed. It remains unanimous that Thursday 30 March 1995 at the Brixton Academy something special happened. Outside we chatted with people from all over the world, many of them many of you will know. And then into taxis to what people seem to refer to as "tapers' parties". There have been many DAT tapers and video tapers on this tour, especially from the USA, but I never mention any by name, they tend to wish to remain anonymous. Hence the above account misses names many would expect, they were there but discreetly so. And I suppose it is not done to say too much about what goes on at such a party. But should you attend such an event bring your DAT or cassette recorder, appropriate cabling and blank tape and prepare to drive home at 04:00 in the morning with your car speakers echoing the concert you heard earlier that evening. And if you think Dylan fans can be tediously boring about Dylan, and doubly so about computer technology and Dylan, wait 'til you hear a crowd of techno-gurus with binaural microphones strapped to their heads and customised top-of-the-line DAT recorders strapped to their bodies discussing the esoteric technical side of recording equipment. If it wasn't for the music one might yawn and fall asleep... Ben of Newcastle, Jon, Carol and I left to share a taxi some time after 03:00 a.m. while a room full of Germans, Swedes, Norwegians and Americans clearly thought the night was much younger than we perceived it to be. We dropped Ben at his grandfather's flat in Notting Hill, Jon & Carol at their hotel at Marble Arch and me at a flat in Belgravia which I had borrowed. This brings me to thanks. Best thank Bob Dylan first, for performing, without him all this rigamarole would look even sillier than it does now. But I must thank all the contributors to rec.music.dylan and EDLIS, some have been so generous with accommodation and other facilities I cannot thank them enough. Many who would previously have stayed in hotels at considerable expense -- myself included -- have been put up in peoples' homes and that is of great benefit in two ways. It saves money in what is a rather expensive pursuit at the best of times. And it gives those with an interest in Bob Dylan new contacts from around the world and a chance to talk in depth to them (and exchange illegal objects should they be so inclined). I have been offered incredible hospitality out of the blue from people I had not known existed a few weeks ago. EDLIS is thinking of making up a file of advice to concert goers if readers think it would be worthwhile. There is little I would do differently, except I never thought of the need to bring a bathing suit! You will always meet some fans who stay in rather up-market hotels, and an invite to a swim in the hotel pool is very attractive, especially after a long night. I did not foresee this possibility. Certainly venues for lunches and after hours parties should be communicated well in advance and stuck to. Be sure you have local hotel locations for everyone you wish to meet so telephone arrangements can be made. Most people do not read their e-mail when abroad or even just away from home. It is worth having a central person with e-mail and a telephone to serve as a contact for anyone who loses track of arrangements. If you do want to meet up with a lot of people you must know where they are, and bear in mind you might weaken and go on to further cities where you would like to know where others are. Make notes, I am afraid. Many people came up to me because of the EDLISian flower or they know I wear a red jacket at Dylan concerts. No other male seems to wear a red jacket. Am I making a fashion statement? One I should be willing to admit to? :-) But it works, people tend to find me. But I did have several e- mails about arrangements which arrived too late for me to read before a concert and I had e-mail afterwards from people too shy to interrupt. Pity. Immediately before and after a concert the numbers talking to each other can be quite crazy, but just barge in and make yourself known at least. Lunch before a concert makes sense, somewhere informal and leisurely which will suit all budgets. Obviously it is expensive to go to a concert, but some on very low budgets can feel obliged to partake in things beyond their means, so stay clear of anything too expensive. Supper is pointless, no one wants it, the queue is more interesting than any restaurant. Some eat after a concert, but most seem to think that is the time for serious drinking and/or intake of other substances as breakfast is just around the corner... Was that enough? Too much? Someone asked me to do a full review and include prelims and afters, sooo you got it... Craig -- My love, she speaks like silence, Without ideals or violence, She doesn't have to say she's faithful, Yet she's true, like ice, like fire. People carry roses, Make promises by the hours, My love she laughs like the flowers, Valentines can't buy her. In the dime stores and bus stations, People talk of situations, Read books, repeat quotations Draw conclusions on the wall. Some speak of the future My love she speaks softly She knows that there's no success like failure And that failure's no success at all. The cloak and dagger dangles, Madams light the candles. In ceremonies of the horsemen Even the pawn must hold a grudge. Statues make of match sticks Crumble into one another, My love winks, she does not bother, She knows too much to argue or to judge. The bridge at midnight trembles, The country doctor rambles. Banker's nieces seek perfection, Expecting all the gifts that wise men bring. The wind howls like a hammer, The night blows cold and rainy. My love she's like some raven At my window with a broken wing.
Date: Mon, 24 Apr 1995 13:58:47 +0100 From: "B.P. Taylor" (B.P.Taylor@NEWCASTLE.AC.UK) Subject: 1995 Tour report (late entry) 30 March 1995 - Brixton Academy, London, England ================================================ Down In The Flood (Crash On The Levee) If You See Her, Say Hello All Along The Watchtower Jokerman Every Grain Of Sand [/Shelter From The Storm] Positively 4th Street [/Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat] Mr. Tambourine Man [acoustic with band] Masters Of War [acoustic with band] [/The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll] Love Minus Zero - No Limit [acoustic with band] God Knows Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again I Believe In You - Like A Rolling Stone - The Times They Are A-Changin' - I Shall Be Released [with Elvis Costello] Comment: Started queuing an hour earlier than yesterday and still ended up further to the right than before. Right in front of the speaker in fact but still at the front. "Down In The Flood" was as great as the previous night. No guitar. Dylan looked significantly more alert tonight. Moved with more confidence and assertiveness. Now he really was looking at the crowd. I could have sworn he acknowledged my beaming smile with a tightening of the lip.... ('Who's that nutter?') He was rubbing his nose and blew into a handkerchief at one point. Red shirt with large collars, under a black jacket. As soon as I heard the first few chords of "If You See Her, Say Hello" I knew tonight would be special. The good reading of "All Along The Watchtower" confirmed that. A real surprise: "Jokerman", and so high in the setlist. He didn't attack this as much as I'd heard him do in 1994 but still very enjoyable to hear. And then he follows this with "Every Grain Of Sand"! Inspired. The alternate for this was 'Shelter From The Storm'. "Positively 4th Street" was played in place of the cue sheet alternate of 'Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat' but I'm not sore - it was fantastic. Dylan put down his guitar for "Mr. Tambourine Man" which was gorgeous! Then I was hoping for 'Boots Of Spanish Leather' again after such a breathtaking performance the night before but ... even better: "Masters Of War". How far Dylan has come since Hiroshima 1994! When was the last time harmonica was used for this song? It worked so well tonight! "Love Minus Zero - No Limit" was just beautiful. "God Knows" was the now standard arrangement - great to witness in person. And with "Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again" the song list just got better and better. By this time I was wondering how long Dylan could keep up this phenominal standard. We must heading for a fall.... Well, the fall never came. "I Believe In You" was fantastic. Words begin to fail me.. A minute or so offstage and back for an aggressive "Like A Rolling Stone". And then he returns again for an acoustic song, "The Times They Are A-Changin'". Gorgeous instrumentation. I couldn't believe I was witnessing this! By this time I mistakenly thought all three encores had been played so when Elvis Costello came on stage WITH Dylan and the band I was in heaven. The duet performance of "I Shall Be Released" was so much fun. They took it in turns to sing lines. Elvis was a second too slow with his line so Dylan sang the words for him, though only just in microphone range. And then they sang lines together, or not.... Big smiles from both of them. At the end Dylan called out "Elvis Costelllllloooo". I truly feel privileged to have been present at this show. Such a huge improvement on the night before. Incredible, unbelievable, he couldn't do anything wrong. I have really never seen anything like it.
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 1995 17:20:34 GMT From: Mitch Gart (mg@HARP.CAMB.INMET.COM) Subject: Re: Brixton Academy Thursday 30 March 1995... Thanks, Craig. I really enjoyed reading your post. It so happened that I made a trade and got a tape of the Brixton show, and was listening to the new tape as I read your post. That show is amazing, and totally different from the Boston shows I saw last October. In Boston, most of the time it was a rock show with the instruments pretty loud and Bob's voice sometimes hard to understand over the band. If you already knew the words, you could hear them, otherwise not. In Brixton the band was toned way, way back. At any time you could hear a drum beat, or a guitar, or a lot of Baxter's high slide notes, or some harmonica, but Bob's voice was mixed way out front. Also things were slowed down some. You might say the sound was more like country than rock. Or if you've ever heard a band called Cowboy Junkies, the sound mix reminded me of that group, some of whose discs I love. Maybe it's the Unplugged show that influenced Bob into changing his sound. I have seen a few posts recently where people complained about Bob's band. This may be because the band's sound has been toned down so drastically in the last few months. People making those complaints would probably prefer a tape of last winter's shows. This sounds like it was a great show, and it's definitely a great tape :-), and it's remarkable how much the sound has changed over the last few months. Mitch
Fri March 31: London, EnglandDate: Sat, 1 Apr 1995 03:52:50 GMT From: billpannifer (billpannifer@EASYNET.CO.UK) Subject: Brixton 31 March Brixton Academy, London 31 March 1995 Down in the Flood Senor Watchtower I Don't Believe You Tombstone Blues Shelter from the Storm Mr Tambourine Man Hattie Carrol It's All Over Now Baby Blue Highway 61 In the Garden Joey Like A Rolling Stone My Back Pages I Shall Be Released (w/Elvis, Chrissie Hynde, Carole King). On stage about 15 mins late. Senor abbreviated but good; Shelter started slowly with just D's voice and slide, and a much more sensitive reading than the earlier, country-gallop version with this band; Baby Blue perhaps the highlight for me, done chamber-style, bass played with bow; triple-epic closer a bit exhausting, though LARS had a little light and shade tonight. Back Pages a nice acoustic encore. Lyrics in general-- a few flubs, sometimes saved by a bit of improvisation: but final verses of both Joey and Pages were dropped, leaving a sense of anticlimax... seemed to be less harmonica and more guitar jamming tonight...but still a great show capped by a repeat of last night's ISBReleased encore with Elvis, only this time also with Chrissie H and Carole King (a real surprise) stage left sharing a mike, Carole dancing about gleefully. Meanwhile stage right, another microphone--in case George decided to come out??
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 1995 14:54:22 GMT From: billpannifer (billpannifer@EASYNET.CO.UK) Subject: corrected 31st March Forgot to list final encore of last night's set! Brixton Academy, London 31 March 1995 Down in the Flood Senor Watchtower I Don't Believe You Tombstone Blues Shelter from the Storm Mr Tambourine Man Hattie Carrol It's All Over Now Baby Blue Highway 61 In the Garden Joey Like A Rolling Stone My Back Pages I Shall Be Released (w/Elvis, Chrissie Hynde, Carole King). *Rainy Day Women *(as above)