But the decision to tour with Knopfler as a guest was from a touring perspective and I really enjoyed the mix! Saw them in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg. Knopfler and his folks played a nice set and the music was completely different from Bob's style, without being boring or dull... I liked the virtuoso parts of it, with the unplugged players interacting and getting into dialogue. I even enjoyed the "So far away from me" encore, loved this in the 90s radio! But then, when Bob sang his first line, it just blew me away. I think it's difficult to have a good band to start off your concert, as it might be to much of a similar style or uninteresting... Knopfler was a good pick.
Knopfler and Dylan as recording collaborators, I really don't see that.
I tremendously enjoyed the concert.
Exactly what I would say.
And to all those, who criticised this or that (what they are allowed to do, if I have a similar opinion or not):
I go to his show to listen to Bob singing and barking (and I enjoy it)
I go to his show to see him play guitar (and I enjoy it, if there is a wrong tone or not, his guitar playing lives)
I go to his shows to see him play harp (and I enjoy it, especially on this tour I had the chance to listen to great harp-playing)
I go to his shows and bear his keyboard-playing.
I go to his shows and have no problem with the set-lists.
I go to his shows and have no problem that it is a show with two famous artists (good that they are very different, but as it was said already: only Bob blows you away)
After so many years of touring the Bob-shows are still extremely interesting shows. No one can give us something like that year after year. You can't compare his work with the work of an artist who tours quite seldom. And I don't want it. It would be unfair towards Bob and towards those artists who show up all 2 or 3 years for 10 or twenty shows all over the world.
If Mark Knopfler would play on Bob's next album (hope there will be a new one one day), I will listen to it. I'm sure Bob can integrate Mark into his music and Mark is able to play some nice licks which will please you or me more or less.
And as we saw it on this tour: Although MK plays as he does it year after year: Bob's songs are so strong, that they don't loose their harsh quality by a "nice-playing" guitarist.
If necessary Bob will bark and all will be good.