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Bob Dylan 951209 in Boston, Massachusetts - The Orpheum

Date:    Sun, 10 Dec 1995 00:47:33 -0500
From:    Peter Labella (Pmlma@AOL.COM)
Subject: Boston, December 9

Set list for the Orpheum Theatre, Saturday December 9

Patti Smith

1.     Wicked Messenger
        Perfect Moon
2.     Dancing Barefoot
3.     Because The Night
4.     Ghost Dance     (a)
5.     Walkin' Blind     (a)
6.     Southern Cross
7.     Mortal Shoes
8.     Rock and Roll Nigger
9.     Not Fade Away

10.   Farewell Reel

Patti Smith: guitar, vocals, harmonica
Jay Dee Daugherty:  drums
Lenny Kaye:  guitar
Tony Shanahan:  bass
Tom Verlaine:  guitar  (6-9)
Oliver Ray: guitar (5 & 10)

Very convincing set, well-rehearsed and featuring several new songs as well
as some of the hits.

Bob Dylan:

1.      Down in the Flood  (Crash on the Levee)
2.      Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You
3.      All Along the Watchtower
4.      Positively 4th Street
5.      Pledging My Time
6.      Silvio

7.      Tangled Up In Blue   (a)
8.      To Ramona              (a)
9.      John Brown              (a)

10.    Maggie's Farm
11.    Lenny Bruce
12.    Seeing The Real You At Last

13.    Alabama Getaway

14.    One Too Many Mornings  (a)

15.    Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

Superb show from the opening chords.  Dylan wearing the usual black trousers,
black shirt, and red silk jacket.   Harmonica on Tangled and on the
stunningly beautiful One Too Many Mornings--which was sung to absolute
perfection.  Dylan was talkative and extremely animated, introducing Tony
Garnier as the only man to milk a cow with a monkey wrench and namechecking
JJ after a particularly well-crafted solo during Lenny Bruce.   Dylan played
leads constantly, even during the acoustic songs.   Another outright winner
from the "Paradise Lost" Tour.

Date: Sun, 10 Dec 1995 10:56:00 -0500 From: "Mark A Hausman (617)726-2900" (HAUSMANM@A1.MGH.HARVARD.EDU) Subject: setlist 12/9/95 Orpheum Theater, Boston MA 12/9/95 Crash On The Levee Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You All Along The Watchtower Positively 4th Street Pledging My Time Silvio Tangled Up In Blue (acoustic) To Ramona (acoustic) John Brown (acoustic) Maggie's Farm Lenny Bruce Seeing The Real You At Last Encores: Alabama Getaway One Too Many Mornings (acoustic) Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 A fine show! The last few tunes didn't quite measure up to the stellar acoustic set, IMO. Here's hoping the fine folks who brought us "Blue-Eyed Boston Boy" were in attendance! Mark Hausman
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 1995 06:09:21 GMT From: Bill Pagel (billp61@EARTH.EXECPC.COM) Subject: Dec. 9, 1995 - Boston, Massachusetts - Setlist December 9, 1995 Boston, Massachusetts Orpheum Theater 1. Crash On The Levee (Down In The Flood) 2. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You 3. All Along The Watchtower 4. Positively 4th Street 5. Pledging My Time 6. Silvio 7. Tangled Up In Blue (acoustic) 8. To Ramona (acoustic) 9. John Brown (acoustic) 10. Maggie's Farm 11. Lennie Bruce 12. Seeing The Real You At Last (encore) 13. Alabama Getaway 14. One Too Many Mornings (acoustic) 15. Rainy Day Women Nos. 12 & 35 Thanks to Christine Consolvo for the preceding information. Previous setlists, cue sheets, and upcoming concert dates, as well as links to other Dylan related web sites can be found on the "Bob Links" web page located at: Bill Pagel EDLIS Internet Resource Agent
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 1995 18:48:47 GMT From: Mitch Gart (mg@DSD.CAMB.INMET.COM) Subject: Bob & Patti Dec 9 in Boston I wrote a review of this and put it at Probably about 60% on Patti's set and 40% on Bob's set. -- Mitch -- -- "People don't live or die, people just float" ------------------------------ Date: Wed, 13 Dec 1995 01:58:24 GMT From: Christine Consolvo (consolvo@IX.NETCOM.COM) Subject: notes from Boston...awesome
I guess I'm in need of a thesaurus...running out of superlatives to use. Popular opinion runs toward the fact that I'm extremely easy to please when it comes to live Bob shows. That could very well be. Is it that I'm becoming worse or is he getting better? While the former would be difficult to deny, the latter holds it's own truths to be sure. The Boston shows...These eyes and ears neither saw nor heard a single second of perfunctory performance. The general consensus is that Danbury was okay, Worcester a bit better, but Boston...I can't help it if I'm lucky! Saturday night he hit the stage resplendent in a wine colored brocade jacket with black velvet collar and split cuffs. Black tee, belted, black patent leather low cut boots, and the black pants with silver-zippered sides completed the look. I hope he doesn't get any thinner... He was *on* from the word go. These old theatres suit him so well. Both he and they are historic sites (sights)! Every song this weekend qualified as a highlight, but "Pledging My Time" had to be the highlight of highlights. Slow, bluesy, emotive beyond the expected (or even the imagined). What words are there left to say about the shows this year? I find myself at a loss. Even "Silvio" was delivered in such a distinctly different fashion...most lines coming across as if from a person who was taking the 3000 who listened in the venue in confidence. "I give what I got until I got no more...I take what I need until I even the score." (sssshhhhhhh) Perhaps he was trying to save his voice, but whatever the reason, it worked! The acoustic set was positively inspired. Tangled, To Ramona and John Brown work well together and aren't as worn as other selections at times. We had noticed Allen Ginsberg in the will call line before the show and he had come equipped with an antique-looking zoom camera which he was allowed to use. Three different times he left his 6th row aisle seat to sneak up to the stage front (with his female companion and her Snappy flash accompanying) to take many photos. This provoked Bob into striking many a pose--knee bent to the side, chin up profile, eyes gazing skyward, etc. Very cute. Even "Lenny Bruce" which has, on some other occasions, made me want to check my watch, was extra-special. "His spirit's livin' OOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNN and on." This show was delivered ardently and was merely a precursor for Sunday night.

On Sunday, rather than socializing (which is important also!) during Patti Smith's show, I found a fan of hers in my group of friends to escort me thinking I would be more likely to enjoy it with him. Weeeellll, he was not necessary! Patti was great! Opening with "Wicked Messenger" she immediately drew the audience into the act and kept us there. Her treatment of WM seemed to come from deep within. I think it must have been a favorite of hers for quite some time.

When she was invited on to share the stage with Bob later I was glad I had already warmed up to her. What a beautiful picture they made. It was reminiscent of the Joanie days, but there was no competition, bitterness, etc. involved and it made a big difference. How they chose "Dark Eyes" is a mystery, but an inspired one. I have personal knowledge that it reduced at least one person to tears. She was no doubt thrilled to the bone to be in that spot, but it was Bob who wore a look of delighted reverence. During the song, he kept gazing at her with a mix of adoration, disbelief, and perhaps some envy for her ease in delivering the lyrics with such passion. When it was over, his body language said he wanted her to stay forever, but he had to suffice with giving her a big hug and a kiss on the cheek. Then he just couldn't resist doing it again! The memory of this live performance will get me through entire days in the old folks home I'm sure.

The rmd gathering on Saturday was very great fun! The loud disco music was the only deterrent to an all out shindig! We even incorporated it into the party at times. The dj was reluctant to accomodate us Dylan heads, but had to give in and play three songs from GH2 ending the party with an appropriate "Down In the Flood". Meeting all these people-I couldn't possibly name them all and wouldn't want to leave anyone out-made the weekend a singular event.(I'm working on getting a video clip of Sadiej on the web. ;-) As I said to her-"You seem so normal! What's the deal!?!") We'll definitely have to do this every time from now on! Well, I could go on, but my family is bugging me to start decorating the Christmas tree.

Just thought I'd mention it...


Dates 1995