I think that there wil be next year far less schows. Perhaps only 40 or the end of the NET.
Everyone who is objectiv sees that Bob still got it and sometimes nails it but his voice is really getting to an end. I know the always yessayers think differently but its obvious.
We had not only less shows, but also the samiest setlists ever since beginning of the NET. (And the argument that he doesn't play for the die hard fans,don't work because he never played for them but changed his setlist)
Bob has (although many still like it) the most broken (not terrible) voice since ever.
There are few possibilities:
1.) No shows next year (would be the best to recover a bit)
2.) All shows with supporting act (Shortened set)
3.) Very few shows (perhaps something special)
4.) I hope but not think that we will get a new album (CITH is his swan song)
5.) Chronicles II is very likely next year,because of the contract, also a new Bootleg series (perhaps the video,Blu ray)
6.) 100 shows, new setlists, new band (please bob kick Charlie out)
Also the Double with MK looks like a long dream combo for him. (REMEMBER IT WAS BOB WHO ASKES HIM) Perhaps it's his way to say farewell for a while.
All looks like there will be smaller tours. Face it he is 70. He has more fun than ever, but his voice don' go with it. HE can't do anymore or longer shows.
Still on the road next years will bring lesser shows and more static setlists
, but as everyone has mentioned; it's something about his performances, even if he get relatively the same songs; their presentation is just breathtaking, but like I've mentioned; we shall see what he announces in the hopefully near future.
Breathtaking only if you never seen any other shows of the NET 1988-2008. It's good but even the performances and phrasing is starting to get the same every performance. That was never since 1961.Not only his setlist is static,the performancce too.
If there is a tour next tour, I think it will start in April/may and we will getting the dates in December/January or the better end of next year for a small Tour 2013.