Please i don't want to offend anybody here!
We all love Bob, but I noticed something the past live setlists and esp. yesterday. Here some random posts:
Only yesterday Oberhausen:
"This is a great set-list so far. Loving itttttt!"
"this set-list is lookng great!"
"Bob you are a genius! This has to be the best set list / tour ever on the NET. Go Bob go, you are the man. What a show!!!!!"
"What a setlist!!!"
"really a great setlist!!!"
"This is best show since the last night in Hammersmith 1990."
"Man, what a set!!"
"What a killer setlist!"
Yes I'm with you all when you say it's a good or even great setlist, but we're all going to get crazy.
What happened with us?
We had 14 songs. All 14 songs were played many many many times last two years.
We had the tyical fix starters. Two typical Sunday songs BWMT and TTHTH (If you go to sunday you have 95% chance to hear these two).
The only interesting is BWMT on 3 (because of Mark) and Mark on four songs.
I think it's funy because these shows are most static and buiness as usual since 1986!
There are all good songs but where the hell is even Masters of war, It's alright ma, chimes, My back pages instead of Hard rain or Desolation.
I don't have a big problem with sme static slots. That we had most times during the NET.
There are reactions like from 14 years old teenagers.
I'm still happy two see three shows this year, but to say it's the best since 1990 goes a bit to far: Have you/they forgot the past 20 years???
I'm also with you when someone says that the show was great. Bob still nails it, but to be frank, his voice is getting to an end (although there are some nice and soft moments). The staccato really ruin many songs.(Not only for me)
His band is absolutely perfect, but something is missing. They play autopilot many times.
Bob's performance. well, I personally
don't like this entertaining, altough it's funny. I like a one or two smile Bob show much more, like these ones. But it's ok.
But I think I will enjoy these three italian shows, like i enjoyed most shows since 1978.
I can remember many of us die hard fans critisising Bob back 1998/99 for goofing too much around. The earnest not smiling and very static way was the ONLY way I/We knew him for long. - To each his own! Perhaps I'm too old for that. (Bob isn't)
I don't count much on Mk fan thoughts, but 99% say that they leave the show early.
The some who are staying quit after 3/4 of the show, because everything is sounding samey. ( I can rememember I critisised this once and was blamed.
To be honest I think MK performance really tired, lame and SAMEY too. (from what I heard on the tape). This endless guitar noodeling althouh he is playing very good and has some nice songs. He is a great musican.
I can understand why the leave but I don't unerstand that they leave. When I pay for the ticket I would also stay through MK if it would be the other way round. (That has to do with respect.)
They critisise us to be disrespectful to Mark music, but they are the ones who are leaving the show early. Look at the forums. They nearly all say the typical Bob critisising we know for nearly 50 years.
I do think that Bob shows were very hard 1987-1994 for non Dylan fans and very hard again since 2009. Beetween that I think it was more easy for poeple to find their way through a show, although many of them complaint about these and that. This was always so and will be.
But to leave, because they vannot understand, too loud, voice etc.. is disrespectful and EVIL!
Juliet43 always told us before the tour how open minded Mk fans are.
I listen besides Bob too many music classical-Free Jazz-pop- Rock, etc.. and I believe you all do. I still believe MK fans are stuckes inside of this guitar noodeling. I saw same things with Bobcats.(An open mind for everything)
Anyway to end this:
1. I still like Bob and I'm looking forward for these shows (Although i know exactly what to expect)
2. Dylan fans have to sit through guitar noodeling Mark
3. MK fans a running out after Bob starts.
4. Many people complainig for this and that (Was always but I think it's more on this tour)
5. After reading in Mk formus I found out that we are sometimes disrespectful against Mark, but not that BIG way like they
are against us and Bob.
6. Bob should play again without opening act like he used to most times before (I think he don't want or can't do more than 14-15 song and 90 minutes. He is 70 years old. Perhaps that's the reason for MK)
7. We all should be objectiv and see that some is still very good ans some is not.
8. I'm not expecting miracles, but please a few more diferent songs
9. Let's hope the old many does it for some more years (Perhaps a longer break would be good for his voice)
Best wishes to you all!