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Bob Dylan 2000.11.12 in Kingston, Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island, Keaney Gymnasium
3.600 capacity

Subject: Re: November 12, 2000 - Kingston, Rhode Island - setlist
From: JWOL16 
Date: 13 Nov 2000 05:01:45 GMT

>Was anybody there that can tell us what it was like - anything like the
>album version or do we have another 'jazz' track to add to Dogs and

I was there!  10,000 Men was a blues-rocker that fit right in with Country Pie
before it.  I was also at the Lowell show: when 10,000 Men started, I thought
we were getting God Knows again.  I don't know if this helps at all; hopefully,
more people will get a chance to hear it.

On a personal side note: I brought my dad to the show (his 3rd Bob show).  He
didn't know what he was in for (guess I should've played Under the Red Sky a
few more times for him).  The best was when we were pulling out of the parking
lot: "What were those dog and cat songs?"

> Subject: Re: November 12, 2000 - Kingston, Rhode Island - setlist From: Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 00:43:55 -0500 I was there. "10000 men" was smokin', boy. Bob was VERY animated on this tune, delivering the lyrics with great comic timing, leering, dancing, posing. The band's groove formed one big bluesy grin. The last line just made me laugh out loud. Up until that point, Bob was mostly dour, not too inspired IMO. But "4th time around" was nicely done and "Country Pie" solid and tight. Then suddenly he woke up and delivered this shocking live debut. Other hilights for me were a wonderfully sung "Tell Me It Isn't True," and rich, word perfect performances of "Dogs Run Free" and "It Ain't Me Babe." Some of the warhorses sounded tired to me, and Bob's voice was a bit shot at times, either sounding too thin or drowned out by the band (where I was standing, about ten rows back), though always good enough to enjoy on some level. To me this was one of the shows where you could really tell the difference between the songs he was just sliding through on auto-pilot and those he rendered carefully and enjoyed. He sang "10,000 Men" like he had just wrote it and it tickled him pink. I don't know the lyrics well enough to say he got the words perfect, but I followed most of it. Classic moment.
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 13:19:31 -0800 (PST) From: Jason polanski Subject: 11/12 review To: Here's a review of the 11/12/00 Bob Dylan show. Just a quick note that it was posted that Bob played harp on "It Ain't Me, Babe", but he didn't. The gym at the University Of Rhode Island was an odd place to see Bob. Basically another hockey arena, it was a small general admission show. My big complaint about this was that they put seating on the general admission floor. I liked it better the night before where you had a choice to sit in the stands of stand on the floor. The seats were useless as everyone stood anyway and staged rushed into the aisles. I also thought the venue had slightly sub par sound. Bob opened with DUNCAN AND BRADY. Lights out. Stage rush. Next he played a very nice MY BACK PAGES. When I saw this during the summer, he spoke just about every word. Tonight he mixed the speaking and singing. I can't get enough of how nice Bob's harp harmonizes with Larry's fiddle. DESOLATION ROW was played with I think 7 verses tonight. The shot of Jack Daniels I had right before the show might have aided in the fact that I can't remember all the verses he played, but I will say he did postcards, cinderella, einstein, phantom of the opera, recieved your letter, and two more. 4TH TIME AROUND was flawless and beautiful. TANGLED UP IN BLUE was intense as usually. Towards the end he really strung together the last lines in one breath while stretching out the "pooooiiintooffffvieewwww". Tonights version included the lyric "working night and day, working on a fishing boat while his mind was slipping away". The acoustic set ended with SEARCHING FOR A SOLDIER'S GRAVE and the electric set began with COUNTRY PIE. I thought this was one of the most oddest electric sets I've seen. After "Country Pie" they huddled and broke into a really funky blues riff that turned out to be 10,0000 MEN. How long has it been since this was performed, 8 years or so? Really a highlight and it didn't sound like Bob was making up the words like on last nights version of "God Knows". Bob slowed things down with a nice version of TELL ME THAT IT ISN'T TRUE. The rest of the set would just rock, though. MAGGIE'S FARM included a blazing solo to end the song. Three guitar assault. WICKED MESSENGER was totally intense. Bob would take solo's in the middle of the verses. Another good harp solo ended this song. I expected at this point to hear the band introductions, but after a conversation with Tony, Bob started to play THIS WHEEL'S ON FIRE. Isn't this a rarity these days also. Smoking version with three guitar solos. After the band introductions, they started to play what really sounded like "Everthing Is Broken" until the point that Bob belted out CAT'S IN THE WELL. Lot's of guitar solo's. The first encore was THINGS HAVE CHANGED. Next he played an extremely intense and enjoyable LIKE A ROLLING STONE. As good as I've seen. "you!" IF DOG'S RUN FREE featured extended use of Bob's soft high voice and a great little guitar solo by Larry at the end. ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER rocked and Bob really delivered the last lines perfectly unlike last night where he never really put it together. After a huddle they started to play IT AIN'T ME BABE. A very fine version. The guitar solo before the last verse really drew cheers from the crowd and Bob sung the last verse as beautifully as I think I've ever heard using the soft high voice. During the choruses, he'd even drop to this real extra low voice. The last guitar solo was rather abruptly ended and shorter than normal. HIGHWAY 61 featured an intense guitar break halfway through and Bob really just let's his voice go when he says "highway sixtyyyyyyyyyyyy...ONE"! The last song was BLOWING IN THE WIND. Like the night before he sang in the strangest combination of the high and low voices like I've never heard it before. Can't wait for the 2001 tour. Jason Polanski
Subject: Re: November 12, 2000 - Kingston, Rhode Island - setlist From: George Klotzbaugh Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 18:47:27 -0500 I tried to post a rather lengthy and, to my way of thinking, very entertaining review of Kingston after returning home last night. In fact, I thought I had done so. I have just read it and, to my astonishment, only the last 3 paragraphs are there. I have no idea how I screwed up. Since the review is no longer timely I will, with much regret, edit out the tomfoolery and boil it down to a few pithy observations about the music. 10,000 Men was terrific. The arrangement was built on a ferocious, in-the-pocket groove that started out like Dust My Broom and ended up like Smokestack Lightning. As someone else as noted, Dylan clearly was energized by performing this song. Really tight playing, with both Campbell and Sexton clearly audible, alternating between lead and rhythm. The arrangements of 2 other songs also seemed to be based upon some durable riffs. The Wicked Messenger was modified just enough so that the descending guitar figure that begins each line sounded like a variation of Junior Wellsā Messinā With The Kid. The underpinning of Catās In The Well sounded even more like the 8 to the bar underpinning of Lucille than it used to. This Wheelās On Fire was a little slower and heavier than usual, giving it a somewhat ominous flavor. 3 part harmony on the chorus that worked OK but not as well as on last summerās Tears Of Rage. Maggieās Farm sounded like the rockabilly arrangement from the GE Smith years. I enjoyed the pre-encore electric set as much as any Dylan that Iāve heard in a long time. I donāt mean to say that there was anything wrong with the rest of the set. On the contrary this band seems to keep getting better. The crowd, which was pretty demonstrative all night, went wild when the band fell into The Formation. The volume of the applause/whooping went way up and people began waving their hands over their heads. I donāt remember this happening during the July shows that I saw. As I stated in my mangled post from last night, It Aināt Me Babe was a real highlight. Passionate, half-whispered vocals, with his voice gradually gliding down an octave on ć·babeä to a note near that must be the bottom of his range. A real good show.
From: To:, Subject: Thoughts on the Kingston R.I. Show Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 22:04:49 -0500 I wasn't going to attempt a review of the Rhode Island show, but decided to do so after reading David Bachman's excellent record of events from the Lowell show. I've often neglected to post a review because I'm not particularly good at remembering the details of each song. I developed the habit years ago of writing down the songs played during the show, more to remind myself later when the buzz wore off just what Bob played rather than any thought of keeping some kind of record. So I'll follow David Bachman's lead and share a few of my thoughts on the show. I drove nine hours from Ottawa, Canada to get to the show. I left at 6:30 with my travelling companion, Katja, my wife since '87 and friend since we met in '78. A few weeks back I told her I was going to see Bob in Rhode Island and asked if she'd come with me. To my huge surprise, she said yes, but she was even more surprised when I later showed exactly where Rhode Island was on the map. I just couldn't pass on the opportunity to see Bob in a general admission show at a university gymnasium. We arrived at the campus at 3:30, collected our tickets at the will call and joined the line. I went off in search of a six pack and food, while she waited in line. Now I know that not all states sell beer on sundays. When got back to the line about 45 minutes later (I did manage to have a few beers while waiting for the pizza to cook) Katja whispers to me that 'these guys in line are pretty serious fans, they travel all over the place to see shows' but what I heard was 'Tom, you're not so kooky after all for going on the occasional road trip to see Bob.' Maybe it's the quiet Canadian in me, but I confess that standing in line before the show with people that have seen the previous four shows and with tickets to the next three is a bit overwhelming and I generally end up not saying much. But I go home with images clear as day of the people around me that I obviously have something in common with. Nobody really seemed to taken with the fact that we had come all that way to see the show. Maybe it's because I wasn't the only Canadian there, apparently there was guy at the front of the line from Toronto, and I got this from the two guys from Toronto looking for tickets that saw the show the night before in Lowell. To the people around me that I didn't say too much to while waiting in line (the couple with tickets to the Atlantic City show, the fellow that saw the Who at Madison Square Garden, the guy handing out animal stickers, the jewish legal aid lawyer from Toronto and his friend) I just wanted to say hey, hope you enjoyed the show. I wanted to compare notes afterwards but we had to get some air and split right away to find a beach. We found one only 20 minutes away, and after a very short walk went to slept in the car in the parking lot only to be rudely awakened at 2:30 in the morning by a knock on the window, floodlights and a flashlight waving. 'Did you have a long ride?' 'Ah, yes officer, we drove down to see the Bob Dylan show.' 'Ya, I could see from your license plate that you weren't from around here. It was a good show?' he asks. 'Ya, oh ya' I say, half asleep while thinking 'should I attempt to write a review of the show?' 'Are you heading out in the morning?' he asks while glancing around the inside of our car. 'Uh, ya we're heading out at daybreak.' 'Okay, I'll let you stay here, keep your door locks.' 'Okay officer, thanks very much, eh?' Overall it was a solid show. I enjoyed hearing 'If Dogs Run Free,' mainly because it's from off the beaten track. I guess I'm not alone in wishing that Bob would only pull out a few more of these gems, stir things up a bit, it's not like there a shortage of material to draw from. I keep wishing he'll play 'Black Diamond Bay.' Who knows why. It was a blast though to run into a guy last November at the meadowlands in new jersey that said he keeps waiting for that day too. I enjoyed the upbeat version of 'Desolation Row' and the slightly funky version of 'Cats in the Well'. I couldn't help thinking about the new crop of Bob fans, wondering what they're thinking during 'Like a Rolling Stone' or 'My Back Pages' whether there's a message here or not. As for me, during 'pages' I kept trying to remember the name of the damn song. I don't know why, but there are half a dozen tunes I just can't remember the titles. They come to me a couple of songs later and I write them down. No sooner had I remembered the name of 'pages' when Bob plays '4th time around'. That's one of the six I can never remember. Go figure. Peace, Tom Gillmore 'Didn't seem like much was happening, so I turned it off and went to grab another beer.'
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2000 18:48:45 -0500 (EST) From: "S.L. PULVER" To: Now to R.I There are certain shows that you just have a good feeling about. This was one of them. Wating in line with many of the same people as last night, the line up for R.I was much more relaxed. Everything seemed fine untill we were let in, and noticed that the first three rows of a supposed G.A show were already taken. After some confusion and aggrevation, the fans who had lined up for so long still found our way to the front when the lights went down. In terms of the show, it was a case of every tune being better than the next. I had been screaming for Fourth Time Around (which I was increadibly happy with ) and can't say much more than it was awesome. He missed the first few words, and then it was all good from there. 10, 000 men was the next major surprise. It kind of sounded like River Flow at the start, but I soon realized what it was when Bob started to sing. There were some weird looks from all of us in the font. He seemed to get the lyrics right, and had a great time singing it. A friend of mine is convinced that he sang it becuase of Veterans day. Who knows? Tell me and Cats in the Well, with Bob spitting out the lyrics with that old flair, were also increadible. The band took about two minutes to decide on This Wheel, which was kind of intersting - it probably wasn't on the cue-sheet. Since this has kind of gone on long enough, I wont get into any more specific songs from R.I all I can say is that Bob and the band rocked, and that the crowd was with him every step of the way. All three shows were special in different, and exciting ways. Sorry about the typos, and thanks to all the nice people that I met in line, although I didn't even get all of your names. Shawn, from London, Canada
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