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Bob Dylan 2001.10.30 in Green Bay

Subject: Green Bay comments
From: Stu Levitan
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 03:22:29 -0600

Bob returns to Title Town USA and proves again he's the
undisputed champ of the rock and roll road.  Proposin' a
toast to the King, indeed.

Three tour bust-outs (including a new opener), four cuts
from LAT (but still no Tweedle in Wisconsin, after 3 dates),
a triple encore, and a musical span of 40 years. Maybe it
was having Monday night off, maybe the proximity to the
Packers Hall of Fame, but Bob gave a small but very
appreciate audience at the Brown County Arena a night to

Tonight it was Larry dressed like an undertaker, with Bob in
single-breasted black tuxedo with five silver buttons and
black silk piping on legs and three sort of curlique-design
pipings on the sleeve. Only spot of color on anyone was
Bob's maroon neckware (forget its name -- sort of an X
extending out past the collars).         Charlie and Larry
musta used 15 guitar line-ups between 'em, and some
beautiful ones they were. Whether it's because Larry is
doing that multi-instrumentalist thing, or because of the
stage switch  has Larry now over Bob's left shoulder and
Charlie to his right, but Charlie seems to be the first
assistant lead guitar.

1.   Humming Bird (acoustic)

2.   Song To Woody (acoustic) Bob reverts to the old Guthrie
vocal ticks - "and it's ah, hardly been born."       Cheers
after first verse. Intricate 3-way picking on break. "Last
thing I'd want to saaaaaaaaaaay...." Not doing some hard
travelling, too? 1300+ shows in  13 years? Go ahead, Bob --
you can saaaaaaaaaay you've been having some hard
travellin', too.

3.   It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) (acoustic) More
Guthrie vocalisms: "except, ah, hatred" "all is, ah, phoney"
Chugging ahead at a nice little clip, good cheers on verses.
Charlie on beautiful maple colored national steel.

4.   Searching For A Soldier's Grave (acoustic) Nice but
short Larry mandolin break.

5.   'Til I Fell In Love With You Slow blues. "Till I fell,
till I fell in love with you." Boblede good, Charlie lede
great. "Thank you! I'm in a New York State of Mind!"

6.   I Want You (Larry on pedal steel and Bob on harp)
Bouncy. Relentlessly bouncy. Goes up a third or so on the
last work at end of every line, except rips out the "time is
on my side" verse. Boblede while Larry floats above on pedal

7.   Cry A While Bluesy, boozy. "...whiiiiiiiiiiiiiile."
Larry slide, Charlie thumbpick. Bob left leg a-twitchin'

8.   Moonlight (Bob on harp) Charlie gives lovely, delicate
frills on red Gibson. Bob sits on drum riser for first half
of harp break. Charlie takes it out. Good crowd reaction.

9.   Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (acoustic) Major
crowd reaction, early on well before vocal, which turned out
to be unexceptional, but good enough. Bob swaggers around at
close, deservedly.

10.  Fourth Time Around (acoustic) (Larry on bouzouki) What
a stupid song.

11.  Masters Of War (acoustic) Standard 2001 arrangement,
with reprise of first verse that features the guitars
cutting out after "see through your." Bob wails on
"maaaaaask," then they come back with a crash.  Starts
quietly, but once DK's drums start pounding suddenly assumes
a great power.

12.  Summer Days (Tony on standup bass) Charlie and  a
cherry red Gibson. What more do you need? (How about a
stand-up bass that spins around?) After the "nails ain't
goin' down" line, Bob gives a little left knee jab (sort of
to where the groin would be)

13.  Mississippi "Every step of the way I walk the line."
Very good crowd response.

14.  The Wicked Messenger (Bob on harp) Lighting plays up 
shifting silhouettes of the musicians. Cool.
"sweeaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrr they're burning"  "briiiiiiiiiiiing
any" Short, hot harp break, with great, great leg work going
on -- almost gets down on right knee at one point.

15.  Highway 61 Revisited Great Bob/Charlie duel.
Sixtyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy-on. Left leg really
working when all three guitars start ringin'.

The scattered formation -- Bob and Larry holding guitars by
necks with right hands, Tony and Charlie stand apart with
hands folded. Bob jiggles a little bit.

(1st encore)

16.  Things Have Changed a toe-tapping version "yes, but
things have change." "yeah, but things have changed."
"yeeeeeesssssssss, but things have changed." "not that
eager, not that eager to make a mistake."

17.  Like A Rolling Stone "he wasm't, wasn't where it's at."
This one was. Assumed real power.

18.  If Dogs Run Free (acoustic) Bob's feathery vocal again
goes up at end of lines. "You can be Queen or King..." "It
can pay your bills, it can cure your ills, if dogs run
free." Nice Charlie lede.

19.  Honest With Me LC slide on most gorgeous brass/bronze
something or other kind of guitar. For my money, a better
song than LARS.

20.  Blowin' In The Wind (acoustic) Again, lilting up at end
of lines -- but on the few lines he didn't do that, but sang
closer to original, it was much, much more powerful. Gives a
left thumb signal to front row at close. (2nd encore) 
(actually, the band never left the stage for this)

21.   All Along The Watchtower Three vanilla creme Fenders
lining up, doing some serious damage. Charlie and Larry's
breaks could have   gone Jimified, but they were cut too
short. Pounding drums.

(3rd encore)

22.    Knockin' on Heaven's Door Sweet, sweet arrangement --
soaring acapella harmonies on the wordless chorus to open
and close, just a beautiful piece of work. In middle, some
lyric counterpoint, recalls arrangements with the Band. A
beautiful Charlie break. White spots fade to black, and out.

So what I need for Madison, Bob, is Mississippi, High Water
and Sugar Baby. And don't forget Tweedle, OK? Gotta have
that Bo Diddley beat at least once in the Badger State.   
Thanks for everything -- see you tonight.

/s/ Stu

Newsgroups: Subject: Re: Green Bay comments From: Stu Levitan Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 08:25:56 -0600 > 10. Fourth Time Around (acoustic) (Larry on bouzouki) > What a stupid song. What I meant to say was "what simple rhymes this song has." (hummed/drum/come, boot/suit/cute, rum/come/some, through/shoe/you -- you get the idea). Hey, it was three in the morning. But admit it -- not only isn't this Bob's best song, this isn't even the best song featuring a bouzouki in the repertoire, is it?
Newsgroups: Subject: Green Bay Notes From: Dan Krass Date: 31 Oct 2001 18:17:23 GMT Things Bill Missed: Larry played elec. on Humming Bird Charlie played dobro on Its Alright ma Tony played upright bass on Moonlight Charlie on electric for 4th Time Around Masters. Charlie dobro knockin. charlie on electric. same in MKE too pretty good show, pretty sedated crowd dan
From: "Robert Fresen" To: Subject: Concert Review: Green Bay, WI 10-31-01 Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2001 11:48:33 -0600 Review of October 30, 2001 Bob Dylan Concert/Green Bay, Wisconsin The show that Bob & Band put on in Green Bay was a winner. My wife & I stood up the whole time back by the sound board and danced quite a bit. The new and old songs flowed together nicely and the crowd loved it. It's quite a treat for us in this little, old, mid-western, great lakes town(an area probably much like the one Robert Zimmerman grew up in) to get to see one of the all time masters, Bob Dylan. Its hard not to compare this Dylan show to Dylan shows seen in the past. I first saw him perform at a 1975 Rolling Thunder Review Show in Boston. In my mind, nothing will ever match-up to the energy and intensity of the younger Bob Dylan at that show("you can come back, but you can't come back all the way"). He came out in white face with a big white cowboy hat. His rendition of "Isis" (I don't know if he does that song anymore) was so powerful that I thought he was going to explode. The duos with Joan Baez were priceless. Of course, those days are gone forever and the next time I saw Dylan was in 1999 in Milwaukee exactly two years ago with this band. It was a good solid show with some real jewels like "Not Dark Yet" and "Every Grain of Sand". But I felt sorry for the young people at the show that never had the chance to see him at his peak in the Rolling Thunder Review. Anyway, I put on my white face with a pencil thin mustache in black and my white cowboy hat (it was the day before Halloween) and went over to the Brown County Arena in the rain. Like most of you, I have been following the set-lists for the current tour on Bill Pagel's excellent Dylan Links site. So I was tripped up by Dylan's opener of "Humming Bird" 'cause I was expecting "Waiting For The Light To Shine." In fact I didn't recognize the song at all but it had some good lines about a train. I figured all the train tracks that cross Green Bay had inspired Dylan that day to do something different. "Song to Woody" was awesome. I had always wanted to hear that one. "Till I Fell in Love With You", a nice blues number, was a pleasant surprise. It had some lyrics about the rain falling so I kind of related it to the day's weather. Another song that was a bit of a mystery was "Fourth Time Around". It had a such a Beatles-esk. quality to it that I thought it was a Beatles tune (Norwegian Wood). This song really had a magical quality about it that seemed to put a spell on the crowd. Highlights of the night included "Masters of War" and "Mississippi" This is just a fantastic song on which they had some blue back-up lighting that had a Grateful Deadish look. "Things Have Changed" made a great first encore. The rendition of "Like A Rolling Stone" just blew me away and I found myself singing at the top of my lungs "how does it feeeeeeeeeeel!". It felt great! Thank you Mr. Dylan for a magical night of diversion in a world gone wrong. By Bob Fresen
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