Johanna Parker wrote:
From what I heard, there was someone else opening for him last time. I will look it up.
Nope, in 2001 he was the only act that night. If I remember well, the last time other performers shared the bill with him in Montreux was 1994 (with Bela Fleck as the opening act and Rory Gallager ending the night). Maybe there was someone in 98 but I'm far from certain. The 94 and 98 gigs were pretty short (around 90 minutes) but in 2001 it was indeed a 2+ hours show.
As for the sound in the Stravinski Hall, it usually ranges from very good to crystal perfect. The Leonard Cohen concert in 2008 was the best sounding show I have ever been to. Of course, there are flaws sometimes but it really is one of the best venue to actually listen to music in Switzerland. As for seeing an artist on stage, it's a different thing... The low stage is nice if you're close but if you got stuck in traffic on the highway and arrive just in time, you basically watch the concert on the big screens (if Bob allows them this time) while feeling like beeing in the public transports during rush hour.
The main problem with Montreux is that over the years, the atmosphere is more and more about showing around how wealthy you are money, how beautiful your limited edition Rolex is and how young is your new wife. It's very expensive, very snob, extremely crowded but once you're in the concerts halls, if you manage to get close to the stage (be there very early) and far from people talking about their holidays in St. Barth and their stock options while drinking overpriced champagne, you can have a hell of a good time.
Trust me, I've been going there every year since 1991 for at least one concert and even if I hate more and more what it's becoming, I go anyway because amazing things can still actually happpen once in a while (i.e. Prince playing a free set at 3 am in the Café after his paying concert earlier in the evening or Steve Cropper having to be almost kicked out of stage by the festival founder to allow the following acts to start. Great memories. Don't think something like that would happen with Bob but one can dream, right ?)