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Subject: Setlist - Phoenix 11/9
Date: 10 Nov 1995 06:21:40 GMT

Symphony Hall, Phoenix
November 9, 1995

Down In The Flood
If Not For You
All Along The Watchtower
You're A Big Girl Now
Most Likely You'll Go Your Way...
Mr Tambourine Man @
Masters Of War @
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right @
Maggie's Farm
I'll Remember You
Obviously 5 Believers

Alabama Getaway
I Shall Be Released @ (w/ Stevie Nicks on vocals)
Rainy Day Women

(Bob introduced Stevie as "one of my favorite female singers".  She
helped out on the chorus)

From: (Bob Clasen) Newsgroups: Subject: Phoenix Nov 9 - Setlist/Notes Date: 10 Nov 1995 07:21:46 GMT Phoenix Symphony Hall - sold out 9 Nov 95 1. Crash on the Levee 2. If Not for You 3. All Along the Watchtower 4. You're a Big Girl Now 5. Most Likely You Go 6. Silvio 7. Mr Tambourine Man @ 8. Masters of War @ 9. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right @ 10. Maggie's Farm 11. I'll Remember You 12. Obviously 5 Believers --------------------------------- 13. Alabama Getaway 14. I Shall Be Released (with Stevie Nicks) @ 15. Rainy Day Women - Dylan took stage at 8:45. Show ended at 10:35. 1 hr 50 min long. - "If Not for You" featured Bucky and had a lot of prominent steel guitar. - Bucky also did a great job on "You're a Big Girl Now", getting that cool organ sound from his steel guitar. By the way, Bucky seems to have shaved his head. Is this a recent development? - Bob had a great harp solo at the end of "Mr T Man." This was the only song he broke out the harmonica for. - "Masters of War" was played like a haunting march and was very moving. - Stevie Nicks (a Phoenix local) came out to sing the choruses of "Released" with Bob and JJ. Bob seemed really glad to have her on stage with him. He was really looking into her eyes and smiling at her while they sang into the mike together. He even gave her a kiss before and after the song. My wife said it looked like he was in love with her. - The crowd was pretty much in the "polite" category (although there were some dancers in the aisles) until "Maggie's Farm." Then security let people into the area in front of the stage, and the place really started rocking then. JJ was encouraging the crowd to get into it. Both JJ and Tony looked like they were having a lot of fun. - Luckily, I was able to spend about a third of the show at the front of the stage, right in front of Bob. I was fascinated by the way he leads the band through a song with subtle head nods and slight glances. Keep on keepin' on, Bob Clasen
From: (Ray Webster) Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 01:13:59 GMT Subject: Phoenix, AZ set November 9, 1995 Phoenix, Arizona Symphony Hall Down In The Flood If Not For You All Along The Watchtower You're A Big Girl Now Most Likely You Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine Silvio Mr. Tambourne Man (acoustic) Masters Of War (acoustic) Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (acoustic) Maggie's Farm I'll Remember You Obviously 5 Believers (encore) Alabama Getaway I Shall Be Released (with Stevie Nicks) Rainy Day Women Nos. 12 & 35 For set lists of previous shows, see the Bob Links webpage at Ray Webster/Bill Pagel (somewhere in Arizona on the way to Las Vegas)
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 08:24:07 -0700 From: Mike Rucker (ruckerm@AGCS.COM) Subject: Phoenix 11/9 Setlist (partial...) Enjoyed the show last night (11/9) in Phoenix very much. Bob is singing very well. The singing isn't the loud rock singing he was using when I saw him with GE Smith, et al - much more controlled and "thought out". It made me wonder something... My favorite singer is Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. If you catch Tull live now, you become acutely aware that Ian's voice is shot. Do you know what Ian sang about during the bulk of Tull's heyday? Religion - singing specifically in an anti-Christian vein. And Ian's voice is shot. And what do we talk about all the time here - certainly, John Henry never lets us forget... :) All of the Biblical references in Bob's songs... And Bob's voice is stronger than ever, IMHO. Just some thoughts. Here's the setlist from last night (up through "I Shall Be Released", which is when the missus and I had to go home to relieve the babysitter...). 1. Down In The Flood 2. If Not For You 3. Guess... 4. You're A Big Girl Now 5. Most Likely You'll Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine 6. Silvio ---- 7. Mr. Tambourine Man 8. Masters of War (Highlight of Evening #1) 9. Don't Think Twice It's Allright (HoE #2) ---- 10. Maggie's Farm 11. I'll Remember You 12. Obviously 5 Believers ---- 13. Alabama Getaway 14. I Shall Be Released 15. ? P.S. I wore a rose in my pocket and didn't see a single other one the whole evening... Mike Rucker
From: (Sonia Gilliam) Newsgroups: Subject: Setlist Phoenix, Arizona November 9, 1995 Symphony Hall Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 09:00:38 GMT Phoenix, Arizona November 9, 1995 Symphony Hall 1.Down In The Flood 2.If Not For You 3.All Along The Watchtower 4.You're A Big Girl Now 5.Most Likely You Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine 6.Silvio 7.Mr. Tambourne Man (acoustic) 8.Masters Of War (acoustic) 9.Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (acoustic) 10.Maggie's Farm 11.I'll Remember You 12.Obviously 5 Believers (encore) 13.Alabama Getaway 14.I Shall Be Released (with Stevie Nicks) 15.Rainy Day Women Nos. 12 & 35
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 08:23:27 -0500 From: VITALIVE (vitalive@AOL.COM) Subject: Setlist Phoenix 11/9/95 Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome, Columbia Recording Artist....... 1. Crash on the levee. 2. If not for you. 3. All along the watchtower. 4. You're a big girl now. 5. Most likely you go your way. 6. Silvio 7. Mr. Tamborine Man (Unplugged Style) 8. Masters of war. (Unplugged) 9. Don't think twice. (Unplugged) 10. Maggies Farm. 11. I'll remember you. 12. Obviously 5 believers. 13. Alabama Getaway 14. I shall be released. (Sung with a plump Stevie Nicks who lives in Phoenix). 15. Rainy day women. Bob wore his gold "vegas" jacket tonight. Not much movement - but good. He got the crowd on their feet for All Along the Watchtower early in the show -- taking his throne in Phoenix. Highlight for the hardcore Bob fan had to be Ill remember you, Crash on the Levee. Sadly, Youre a Big Girl now was messy and unrehearsed. As Bob Shows go these days - it got a B-.
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 1995 18:13:31 GMT From: riitta@IMAP2.ASU.EDU Subject: Phoenix comments hi, Phoenix was my second Dylan concert this year. The first was in Oslo. I still can't believe my luck, Dylan coming to Phoenix while I'm visiting here (from Finland). He doesn't come that often, does he? The concert was sold out which sort of amazes me. How do people get to know that he is in town. He *does not* advertise! Only one person I talked to about the concert knew that it was on and she had heard it in the radio the day before the concert. Is everybody just reading this newsgroup?? Well, I bought my ticket 4 minutes after they started selling them and got me a fourth row seat. It was brilliant. Haven't been so close, even with my first row seat in Helsinki in 1987. I wasn't as overwhelmed at the beginning as I was in Oslo, but I quess that's just 'cause I knew what to expect. And seeing Dylan so close made it feel somewhat unreal at first. They got the whole hall going though from the first song on. People really seemed to have a hard time sitting down, a lot of smiling faces. The rest of the people seemed to vanish pretty soon though as I got immersed in looking and listening. Chrash on the Levee seemed to get going right in the middle of the song. I don't know the lyrics of it very well and the first half of the song I couldn't make out any of the words but then all of a sudden they started to flow out quite clearly. If not for You was great. It seemed like he got a bit lost in the lyrics of Big Girl. Silvio, again, was one of the definite highlights of the show. It was even better than in Oslo. I just sat there shaking my head, it was so unbelievable. Everything is in place in that song the way they play it. It's really rocking and you sort of can here every single detail but still it's the whole that swing. And I like the lyrics of that too, always did. "...let the echo decide if I was right or wrong." Mr.Tambourine Man has for me been the least favaourite Dylan song. I'm bored with it. And every version of it seems the same to me. Sort of a sing-along-song-from the sixties. So, I wasn't extremely happy to hear the first chords to it. BUT this time he made it different. The phrasing was something I've never heard, and his voice, (I've listened to Dylan since 1979, so I've heard some versions of a lot of songs...(though not as many as some others :o)))...I don't know how to describe it. It just was something I've never heard before. And it was intense. It made the song feel different. It still won't be my favourite but at least I know that Bob can do *anything* with his songs! Masters of War was still the amazing hypnotic version. The singing didn't stay on the same haunting tone through the whole song as it did in Oslo but it still was one of the best songs in the show. Don't Think Twice was, imo, more of a standard version, what comes to singing anyway. I loved the instruments on that one though. A totally different mood from Masters. Maggie's Farm got the first movement toward the stage. As I was in a perfect spot, I soon was leaning on the stage, a couple of feet from Dylan. Maggie's Farm sort of went by in that amazement. 5 Believers was absolutely great. I Remember You was a nice surprise, for some reason it almost got tears in my eyes. Leaving the stage, the first time, Dylan walked along the left side of the stage touching peoples outstreched hands. This nearly resulted in breaking my ribs as people on our side (the right that is) suddendly all thrust forward. Luckily the pressure eased a bit when he got off. The encores were great. Though I am a bit bitter that I only saw Dylan's back when he was singing with Stevie Nicks. Especially after reading the other post about him smiling and looking in her eyes. Sigh. But I quess you can't have everything. Jackson and Garnier seemed to have a good time, lots of smiles. Dylan was quite expessionless, I wonder how he manages to keep that face on all the time. It was interesting to see though the subtle way of "conducting his orchestra" with slight nods and looks, as someone else here noted too. I'm just so sad that it's over. I only wish I could be following a Dylan tour for a couple of weeks sometime, or a couple years, or decades... I have a hard time returning into reality, but I quess I'll have to start trying, Riitta And it's worth selling your house just to hear Silvio :o)
Date: Sun, 12 Nov 1995 00:51:29 GMT From: Joseph Corrigan (joseph.corrigan@ASU.EDU) Subject: Re: Phoenix comments The Dylan show was great. I don't think "Mr. Tamborine Man" is overplayed, however. I guess it's just a matter of opinion. I've been to see Dylan five times myself. At the Garden State Arts center in 93, at Woodstock 94, and twice at Giants Stadium with the Greatful Dead this past summer. Only at the two Dead shows did I hear Mr. Tambourine Man. Besides, that's what he's playing now. Next year, he'll have different songs to play on stage. "Down in the Flood" (you refered to it as crash on the levee) is a great way to start a concert. This concert had more love in the air for Bob than any other I've been to. It helps that he's in a theater, that's the best way to see him. And in case you're wondering, I found out about the concert on a flier with all the concerts listed that were going on locally this month. I called Sunday before the concert to get seats in row HH, the 35th row on the floor. It was, without a doubt, the most magical performance I've seen from an artist. Joseph Corrigan Avowed Bob Dylan fan
Date: Sun, 12 Nov 1995 16:55:01 GMT From: JOHN NEMEROVSKI (johnemer@AZTEC.ASU.EDU) Subject: Review (long) of Phoenix concert--Nov. 9, 1995

**In the Presence of Greatness** by John Nemerovski

( // November 10, 1995 PHOENIX SYMPHONY HALL CONCERT, November 9, 1995 Joe Cliburn urged me to attend, when he learned that Bob would be coming to Phoenix. I, in turn, urge YOU to get your tickets as soon as you know there will be a concert within 100 miles of you. This is a *firm* recommendation, as you will understand from my comments. Barbara, my wife, had told me I would be making a foolish mistake if I chose not to go to this concert. She and I attended Bob's performance at Ravinia Park, near Chicago, on June 17, 1964. Barbara was 16 and I was 15. It was a memorable night, 31 years ago, and I'll include a summary along the way, tucked into this review. Barbara said "It's been 31 years since you saw Dylan. You might not get another chance for 31 more years. Don't be a cheapskate. I'll come with you." That did it. I obtained front row balcony tickets, as Joe suggested. They were $25 each, and well worth it. We parked in the St. Mary's Diocese lot, and walked two blocks to Symphony Hall. It was a beautiful night in Phoenix (that's why we live here, but please keep the secret). We saw a multitude of other concertgoers wearing cowboy garb, and supposed there was a "competing" c&w show nearby in downtown Phoenix. Since there were so many more of them than there were of "us" I remarked on the irony that some country singer could out-sell the most significant musical and cultural force in America. Life sure can be weird, at the level of popular culture. Phoenix Symphony Hall was not bustling as we arrived at 7:00 for the 7:30 opening act. Our seats were indeed splendid. The atmosphere in the hall was genteel and civilized, with Mozart being played through the p. a. system. For me it felt strange to be wearing pants and a long- sleeve shirt, since I still wear shorts and t-shirts most of the time here in November. (I'm from Chicago, so yes I know all about bad weather.) By 7:30 the hall was 20 percent full. I was beginning to think Bob's team had chosen the wrong place for this concert. The Ian Moore Band was adequate, loud, bassy, and almost brief enough. During the interval there were more men than women waiting to pee in the toilets. I felt like I was back in Wrigley Field between games of a double-header. The audience at this point appeared to be not an especially aged crowd, in spite of the late-50s woman next to Barbara who had recently received a face lift, and was quite proud of it. I considered myself in the older 10 percent, since most of the people seemed to be in their 30s. I was a bit surprised by this, but then remembered that Bob isn't Tony Bennett, and that most of his active fans think of him as a rocker, not a folkie. Just the same, there were quite a few kids about Sheba's age (my 23-year old daughter, in Chicago) plus a bunch of genuine kids, high schoolers and younger. Good for them! By 8:30, still listening to Mozart, the seats were 50 percent occupied. The atmosphere seemed surreal, weird, and unusually tasteful. Then out gushed the incense. I had been warned of this in reviews of previous concerts, fortunately, but the reality was not pleasant. At 8:35 the balcony was full suddenly. These latecomers were smart. I wish I had been one of them. Oh, well. By 8:40 it was difficult to breathe, with the air thick with incense. Yech. And then the hall was full, just like that. * * * * *


(If this concert has been documented elsewhere, please let me know. My recollections could be a bit fuzzy on some of the details.) Barbara and I had just finished our sophomore year of high school, and this was our first date. We had met the previous weekend at a party. She was cute, and a bit shy, and I was somewhat outgoing and *very* involved in the folk music of the day. At that time it was free to sit on the lawn or on the benches at the side of the Ravinia Pavilion, so we chose the latter, to be able to see and hear the young sensation, Bob Dylan. The music was all just Bob, all acoustic, all solo guitar accompaniment and a bit of harmonica, just like the records of the time. We got what we expected, and a bit more. Halfway into the performance, the rain came, and it poured! The audience was so small for that early-Dylan concert that when he said, half in jest, that "Hey, why doesn't everyone come in here to get out of the rain," everyone at Ravinia did just that, with room to spare. Then he broke a guitar string, so a guy in the front row handed Bob a beat-up Martin, and the music continued. Yes, we were in the presence of greatness, even then, as he worked through his standard recorded repertoire of the day, and it was a youthful talent, with the unlimited potential that only genius can demonstrate. That night was the first time I saw Bob Dylan live. Last night was the second time. Now, back to Phoenix. The audience was ready!

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1. "Down in the Flood" -- intense and tight, setting the mood for the rest of the show. 2. "If Not For You" -- loose and a bit sleepy; "another side" of Bob. 3. "All Along the Watchtower" -- the entire building was moving with the pulsating rhythm of the song. The kids downstairs in the side aisles along the walls, near the stage, were dancing. I wished I was there with them. I'm no Mick Jagger, but I can sure still move at 47. There was too much treble and too much bass, and not enough midrange in the amplified music. Bob took his first guitar solo, which I also had been warned about, but was still surprised to see. The music was well-connected throughout the band. They were a band, yes. 4. "You're A Big Girl Now" 5. "Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine" -- interesting duet guitar leads, with Bob and the other guitarist trading off nicely. 6. "Silvio" -- an intense number; this is "dancin' music," and it was hard to keep still up in the balcony. Bob's guitar work was starting to mature, and he played nicely through the song. 7. "Mr. Tambourine Man" -- the acoustic portion began, minus the drummer, with two amplified steel string acoustic guitars, a stand-up bass, and a mandolin; Bob took his first long solo break, playing a "beginner's" solo featuring a creative use of repetitive notes: a-b-c back and forth, tastefully, almost meditatively; he gave us the mightiest vocal of the evening; he played harmonica, sounding both a bit rusty and extremely powerful, left-handed, holding the mic (blues style), with his right arm on the guitar hanging by his neck and shoulders. This was the pinnacle of the concert for me. We were witnessing an act of creation, in the presence of greatness. I'm still in awe of this performance. Sorry; words simply fail me. 8. "Masters of War" -- a subdued vocal rendition, with a good, steady, basic rhythm; exhibiting the influence of the traditional English and American ballads he's been covering so personally on "Good As I Been to You" and "World Gone Wrong." Get both CDs. 9. "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" -- such a delicate song sung with such a coarse voice (wow! again) and a driving, acoustic rhythm; Bob wailed up the neck on his lead solo, and all of a sudden it's a hootenany, 90's style. I'm home, brother, I'm home; dust off the Gibson. 10. "Maggie's Farm" -- the electric instruments and drums are back; the main floor stands and ROCKS; Bob looked 20 again (he looked 60 when he came out, and got younger with every song); this was "Gimme Shelter" revisited, much safer than at Altamont. 11. "I'll Remember You" -- the pedal steel guitar finally sounded appropriate; Bob played a very understated in-control solo. 12. "Obviously 5 Believers" -- Bob was having fun! Adios, Mike Bloomfield, because the old crooner has learned some licks. I was stunned. Throughout the set, the band consistently finished songs by slowing them down to a slow r&b beat: da-dummh da-dummh ..., to end the numbers in a firm, strong, decisive manner. Again, this is a real band. So ended the set. Time had stopped for me! The audience went berserk. Bob accepted roses from beseeching hands in the front row, thrusting onto the lip of the stage. The hairy guy to my right started pounding on the metal lighting housing casing over the edge of the balcony. Hundreds of flames danced in the darkness, as personal torches were ignited and held high. 13. "Alabama Getaway" -- the encores began; a terrific tune; the place was jumping, and Bob was a Hibbing teenager again, getting deeper into r&r. 14. "I Shall Be Released" -- Stevie Nicks, who lives in Phoenix, I believe, appeared with long, straight, blond hair, wearing a loose, baggy, billowing black trouser outfit; what a contrast to all that male energy. Barbara started to get excited. Using the acoustic instruments again, and subdued drumming, they sang and played for a short eternity. "This is great," I whispered to myself; the second musical highlight of the evening. 15. "Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35" -- everybody must be stoned, one way or another, by now. "Let's live it up" I exclaimed, again to myself. Bob pressed the flesh, glowing, ecstatic, touching hands, back and forth into the surging front of the crowd. He had played for 110 minutes, and was actually bouncing around the stage. Then he turned, and off he went in that gold shirt. The sound was deafening from the audience; the house lights blared; it was over. --
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