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Bob Dylan 2000.07.22 in Mansfield


Subject: Notes: Tweeter Center, July 22
From: Alex Lehmann  alehmann@pop.together.net 
Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2000 13:01:27 -0500

Review:  Tweeter Center, July 22, 2000

The parking lot scene was more subdued than it had been at
Canandaigua; this probably had much to do with the police on
bicycles patrolling the lot.  I saw several joints and other
paraphernalia confiscated, though I witnessed no arrests.  They
didn‚t seem to mind if you appeared of age (my wife and I are
well beyond that) and kept your beverages in plastic cups rather
than the bottles from which they originated.  Regardless, the
combination of Dead/Lesh fans and Dylan fans once again brought
out the unique pre-show  fun.

The Tweeter Center was approximately three quarters filled by the
end of Dylan‚s opening number and remained that way for the
duration.  The lawn was packed and during the Dylan set a slow
and appealing sunset occurred behind us in perfect view of the
musicians, which may have helped provide the inspiration for the
fine performance they once again delivered.  Saturday night‚s
show, particularly the electric set, was at times stellar and
always far above average.

The energy level was up from Wednesday nights performance (of
course these types of observations are extremely subjective) and
the performers appeared to be enjoying themselves.  Dylan was as
active and energetic throughout the show, strutting around,
bending low, shaking his head and striking dramatic postures as
he slowly pointed his guitar across the front rows in a
rebellious arc.  Notably, there was no harmonica playing last
night, although the harmonica rested on the amp behind him. 
During „Don‚t Think Twiceš my wife (by now a Dylan show veteran
by association) and I both commented on how the guitar solo
sounded very much like the harp solo has in previous performances
of the song (if you can imagine what I mean).

The band opened with „Duncan and Brady,š which I have never seen
or heard.  I enjoy these traditional covers (?) as openers, they
have been tight and energetic songs featuring the harmonizing at
which this band is marvelously adept.  As was the case throughout
last night‚s show, Dylan‚s vocal delivery was clear and I was
able to follow the lyrics to less familiar songs with ease.

„Song to Woodyš was terrific.  I don‚t know what else to say (we
had a looong drive home last night, but this gets us very close
to Saratoga this evening...).  While I am familiar with the song
and have heard its recent incarnation on boot, I am not too
familiar the lyrics.  The clear delivery drew me in and blew me
away.

„Desolation Rowš was once again outstanding.  I only wish the
fans had a longer attention span and allowed themselves to
contemplate the tremendous lyrics of this song.  The greatest
work of poetry to ever appear in music.

In my Canandaigua review (which embarrassed me when I just read
it) I provided am unsolicited opinion of those who talk during
the performance (Be Quite!).  Last night there was a distracting
amount of the „Sit Downš syndrome going on around us. 
Unsolicited Opinion 2) This is a Rock and Roll show, not a living
room.  Relax in a recliner in front of your television at home,
loosen up at shows.  Fine, if everyone is sitting, but if rows of
people are standing, then it becomes necessary to stand up in
order to see, and fun!  A redundant question:  Which would the
performers prefer, an enthusiastic crowd on their feet in
appreciation of the performance, or seated individuals shouting
„Sit Downš?

„Frankie Lee and Judas Priestš was well performed once again and,
as opposed to Weds. night‚s show, tonight I could really follow
the lyrical content.  I had to stand up in order not to hear the
sitting folks behind me who would not stop talking (I‚m really
not as bitter as I sound here...)

Other high points:  The entire electric set, especially:

„Ballad of a Thin Man.š  Hadn‚t heard it live in a while.  Once
again, a clear and wonderful delivery.

„Crash On the Levee (Down In the Flood)š was a surprise and an
inspired, hard rocking new arrangement.

„Tears of Rageš is one of my favorite Dylan songs. With the
original arrangement by Richard Manuel evolved but recognizably
in tact it was a tremendous performance.  Terrific harmonizing
during the chorus.

The new arrangement of „Cold Irons Boundš was impossible not to
boogie to.  I‚m no dancer, but who cares!

That‚ll have to be it for now.  No time to proof read, so this
will have to do.  We‚re off to Saratoga, the sight of my first
Dylan show in the summer of ő86!

Enjoy!


Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 02:08:59 -0400 From: David Godlis god66@inch.com To: karlerik@monet.no Subject: Mansfield MA 7/22 Tweeter Center, Mansfield Mass: Just some quick notes 24hrsafter. This was a great set. Dylan at the top of his game from start to finish. Good sound system. Beautiful outdoor arena weather (it had rained steadily the night before). No harmonica, but a very good song selection. The first five songs were like a car running down the road building up to full speed. Just perfect. Duncan & Brady, Song to Woody in the 2 slot, then a DEAD ON Desolation Row ("you better hurry up and leave" ,"DesolatioiNNNNNROWWW"), and then "Frankie Lee & Judas Priest ("have it any way you want, I'll see you after a while", "it's not a house at all, it's a home", "....SAIIIID ETERNITY"), ending up with a beautiful Tangled. This was a very fun audience, and by this time the deadheads were dancing up and around the aisles. Searching for a Soldier's Grave was beautifully subdued, and then Country Pie - this one makes the Nashville Skyline version seem unplugged. Very similar with Crisp with beautiful guitar work all around. Why hasn't he done this before this year like this??? Thin Man was next with this intro: "here's a song I wrote a while ago about some over the hill rock critic". He was clearly having a good time. There was a long steel pedal solo(Larry), followed by Charlie, followed by Bob. Then a break in the action. And into the Basement Tapes segment of the show. Down in the Flood was the pleasant surprise, but Tears of Rage was just superb, with the echo-like backing vocals in the chorus by Larry & Charlie. Bob would choose whether to come in ahead of or behind them, or sometimes right with them. This was mesmerizing, and Band like. Then to end the set on a very LOUD note - Cold IRons Bound. The usual soft start, but a very differently syncopated and top volume level performance ("cold irons BOUNNNNND. With the stage lights turned up high the energy level was very high by this point. And then another loud guitar version of Leopard Skin to end the main set, with plenty of attention paid to the vocals. The encore choices were right in line with the past weeks. Things Have Changed very well done. But Rolling Stone for me was really the most interesting part of the encore. Bob started off with a very subdued rendering of the first two verses, andthen went into an instrumental break that played right through the chorus. It was during this break that Bob seemed to become interested in the song again, and so it was no surprise that he came back with a spectacular vocal on the last verse - every word right through "no secrets to conceal". I don't know if he plays that instrumental break every night, but it sure worked him up here. Especially given there were no harmonica breaks all night. Don't think Twice was more spoken word than sung. Hiway 61 was like Cold Irons, LOUD and great. Then a very beautiful Blowin' followed by the very impressive Formation. It really is a master piece of showmanship, that serves the purpose of leaving the crowd unexpectedly breathless - Take a look at us, Take a look at yourselves, and Good Night. Summertime and the livin' is easy. Who could ask for anything more? David Godlis god66@inch.com
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