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Bob Dylan 2001.03.24 in Newcastle

Subject: Newcastle Review
From: Peter Huish 
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2001 08:19:41 +1000
Organization: TallShips Solutions

This was my third Dylan show.  I wallowed in the mud at the
Sydney Showground hoping that the little figure up on stage
doing all those songs that I loved differently was in fact
the man.  I took advantage of a businesss trip to Perth to
see a show at the Entertainment Centre and wondered why I
bothered and then last night got blown away by a smoking
effort here in Newcastle.  When's the next show.

Through following the ng I was somewhat prepared for what to
expect in terms of format and content.  I had no "I hope he
plays epectations" but if I did have I doubt that I would
have come away dissatisfied that he didn't play that song.

They hit the stage running with "I am the Man Thomas" and it
seemed like a stake in the ground and he then spent the rest
of the night proving it beyond belief.  "Chimes of Freedom"
was passionate and it was great to see and listen to it in
its own right.  I feel that many of these songs got lost in
the banner songs. "It's Alright Ma" nicely rounded out the
first acoustic bracket with Larry on something other than a
guitar (maybe a mandolin) and really just emphasising that
these buggers could play.

Out with the electric guitars, on with the afterburners and
into a bracket of three songs that left you wondering could
it get any better. The three were full and powerful.

"Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" was a personal highlight. 
The guys just played with it and really expressed themselves
and managed to wrap a little of "Waltzing Matilda" into the
middle of one of the jams.  Great stuff and really well

The following acoustic were excellent.  "Masters of War" is
as relevant today as it was thirty plus years ago.  The
fuller delivery also brings the song out more.  I really
love the "Blood on the Tracks" album and "Tangled Up in
Blue" was a reasonable representative but maybe not my
choice.  It still managed to fit into the scheme of things
and was enjoyable.  "Make You Feel My Love" was the first of
two unknown songs for me - must have come in my Dylan
sabatical.  Neat stuff.

The next two electric songs SMOKED.  "The Drifter's Escape"
had so much energy and the follow up of "Leopard-Skin
Pill-Box Hat" just lifted the roof of the place.  So much

The encore started with "Highlands" (my other unknown song)
and featured a neat little light trick with the shadow of
Bob projected Oscar-like onto the back wall.  Neat trick,
great song. "Like a Rolling Stone" was good and the follow
up of "If Dogs Run Free" was interesting.  I've been waiting
to hear that one (New Morning was my first ever album
purchase) and it went over really well.  Nice and bouncy and
unknown enough to catch people by surprize.

"All Along the Watchtower" was a crowd thriller and I really
like this version of "Forever Young".  "Highway 61" was
served up with gusto and the finale of "Blowing in the Wind"
left the crowd on their feet chanting for more but
unfortunately Bob had had enough.

It was a really great show and presented every song in a
great light.

Time to get the tour schedule to see if there are any other
possible dates this time around.



2001: February - March -


-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Newsgroups: Subject: Re: April 24, 2001 - Columbia, Missouri - setlist From: Khoury2000 Date: 25 Apr 2001 16:22:35 GMT Organization: AOL It was a warm venue for Bob last night at the Hearnes Center, built in 1972 and named for Missouri's 46th governor and 1952 graduate of the University of Missouri, Warren E. Hearnes. The show opened at 7:35 with half of the basketball arena curtained off. It was a near sellout from my estimation. Once again, age demographics varied greatly. I was in sixth row center. The most interesting person I saw was doing some yoga moves during Knockin' On Heaven's Door (mama, take this leotard off of won't stretch with me anymore). Very brief song reviews: Roving Gambler - nicely done, a great opener IMO Mr. Tambourine Man - Bob was not in the zone just yet but a nice rendition Desolation Row - excellent phrasing and Bob was at his best of the night Everything Is Broken - great surprise and rocked with a wonderful tilt-boogie style...the boys nailed it BIG time (with a Peter Gunn style bass rhythm). I don't recall hearing the line "Broken words never meant to be spoken". Make You Feel My Love - very effective live version...perfect for Bob's voice right now. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again - good fun with more or different verses than I have heard in the past couple of years Masters Of War - I am tired of this song so I won't say anything else Girl Of The North Country - heartfelt rendition with wonderful music Tangled Up In Blue - great rockin' ending with Bob blowing hard on the harp...crowd enjoyed thoroughly Highlands - biggest surprise of the night (needless to say)...I was grinning for the 10 version. Nice quick phrasing from Bob. Many around me were not aware of the uniqueness of the moment. The Wicked Messenger - time to cook and the water was on hard boil starting with this and continuing on with... Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat - Bob was not as playful tonight onstage but he was nailing the sharp witty lines (encore) Things Have Changed - excellent live version with Bob breaking out of the recorded version in the later third to stretch some syllables Like A Rolling Stone - gotta love it...always a crowd pleaser If Dogs Run Free - it's nice to hear something different during the evening and this does the trick....jazzy, club feel to it All Along The Watchtower - Charlie is a treat to watch on long are his fingers? I know he could palm a basketball and go to the hole hard. He had to be a high school BBall player Knockin' On Heaven's Door - nice to hear live with Charlie and Larry on backing vocals and harmonies. Charlie's subtle electric was sooo sweet. Highway 61 Revisited - Charlie rocks on again. Larry seemed to enjoy this concert so much. Is it because the master is not watching his every move anymore. He was full of smiles as he watched Charlie follow Bob's invisible batton. Blowin' In The Wind - nice ending to a very good show. David and Tony are outstanding together. The show concluded at 9:45 without a second encore as the previous four shows have experienced. The only other thing I could ask for is to have Bob in a more outgoing mood for tonight in Cape!! But don't get me wrong....I'm not complaining!! He is in Missouri and we will not let him be!! Jeff > > April 24, 2001 > Columbia, Missouri > University Of Missouri > Hearnes Center > > 1. Roving Gambler (acoustic) > 2. Mr. Tambourine Man (acoustic) > 3. Desolation Row (acoustic) > 4. Everything Is Broken > 5. Make You Feel My Love > 6. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again > (Larry on acoustic guitar) > 7. Masters Of War (acoustic) (Charlie on dobro) > 8. Girl Of The North Country (acoustic) > 9. Tangled Up In Blue (acoustic) (Bob on harp) > 10. Highlands (Larry on mandolin and Tony on standup bass) > 11. The Wicked Messenger (Bob on harp) > 12. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat > > (encore) > 13. Things Have Changed > 14. Like A Rolling Stone > 15. If Dogs Run Free (acoustic) > (Larry and Charlie on electric guitars) > 16. All Along The Watchtower (Larry on steel guitar) > 17. Knockin' On Heaven's Door (acoustic) > (Charlie on electric guitar) > 18. Highway 61 Revisited > 19. Blowin' In The Wind (acoustic)