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Bob Dylan 980522 in Los Angeles, California

       Pauley Pavilion
       Capacity: 12,700 
       Ticket prices: $86 
       Ticketmaster phone number: 213-480-3232 
       Triple bill with Joni Mitchell & Van Morrison 

Subject: May 22 Set List/Review From: Date: 23 May 1998 05:01:17 GMT 1. Maggie's Farm 2. If You See Her, Say Hello 3. Cold Irons Bound 4. Simple Twist of Fate 5. Silvio 6. Rank Strangers To Me 7. Tangled Up in Blue 8. This Wheel's On Fire 9. Highway 61 Revisited 10. It Ain't Me Babe 11. Love Sick 12. Rainy Day Women The show was about 70 minutes long, and the set list is from memory -- sorry for any inaccuracies. In any case, the whole thing was competently dull. Nothing much of interest, though I did find a lyric variation in "If You See Her" somewhat puzzling (assuming I heard it right): "Tell her she can look me up if she thinks I've got the time." "This Wheel's On Fire" was probably the highpoint, but it wasn't great by any means. After "It Ain't Me, Babe," Bob introduced the band and said, more or less, "I guess we've still got some time. Gotta make it fast." He seemed like his mind was elsewhere. They played "Hard Times" at the sound check (Bob wasn't singing). We skipped Joni and Van, so Dylan may have come back out later in the evening (even as I type this, perhaps).
Subject: Re: May 22 Set List/Review From: Daniel Erickson ( Date: Sat, 23 May 1998 01:02:37 -0700 This was the first show I've seen since the El Rey. It was a let down. Maybe that means I should go tomorrow too so I can see Bob switch back to the closer spot!
Subject: Re: May 22 Set List/Review From: Steve Lenier ( Date: Sat, 23 May 1998 10:14:27 -0700 A let down? In what way? I was at this one, and thought Bob performed a VERY solid did the other two prople with me, and all those around me...and Joni and Van were great too... and one thing I loved was how much fun Bob was having. I've been reading in here and elsewhere that he's smiling a lot these days, and he really was last night. I was fortunate enough to be in the front row, and could see every smirk and grin, and he seemed to really be enjoying himself. Steve
From: Date: Fri, 22 May 1998 22:36:03 EDT To: Subject: UCLA electric I was sitting on the wall near the bruin last night before the concert when this lady who looked like a man with a wig walked to me with a sign around her (his) neck saying "105 year old Jewish man to be here tonight" and instead of asking me for money gave me these long thin candles and recited what was written on the sign... Bobs' concert last night was the best of the 3 I've been to. Souls were recalled. "Masters of War" was great to hear, and his Cold Irons Bound sounded to me reminiscent of the free form jamming Jimi did. Make you feel my Love was tender like Elvis. Rainy Day Women struck me as spiritually relevent to Judeo- Christian struggles at the Temple Mount today and his tribute to the Voice was elegant. Truly a lifetime memorable experience. Again... I hope Bob lives a long life like the Voice. He is the logical extension... Clay Kordahl, L.A.
Subject: Re: May 22, 1998 - Los Angeles, California - Set List From: Absinthe ( Date: Sat, 23 May 1998 09:15:06 -0800 Great show... Bob played first again! And he played with happy feet! His feet were everywhere and it looked as though he was having a good time, striking more and more poses as the evening went on... Highlights: If You See Her, Say Hello, Simple Twist Of Fate, Rank Strangers To Me (acoustic), This Wheel's On Fire and It Ain't Me, Babe (acoustic)... This is LA... Diane Keaton was in the audience near me in section 203 And I never saw it mentioned before, but at the 12/18/97 El Rey show, Joni Mitchell was front row center in the balconey, rocking the entire time... you couldn't miss seeing her have a great time! Joni did a great set herself, last night - very impressive... had the feeling of a special a rare musical interlude... and the sound was surprisingly good! Van seemed perfunctory, but then, I was tired... Looking forward to tonight! By the way, I've not been to a show with such lack security in years... I'm not a taper, but it must have been a taper's dream! Hint hint... Anybody get my drift? ;-) -- Remove DOLT from my email address before sending!
Subject: Re: May 22, 1998 - Los Angeles, California - Set List From: JB ( Date: Sat, 23 May 1998 09:59:32 -0700 I was disappointed that Bob came on first. He played a great set, but it seemed alittle short and lacked the anticipation of waiting for him through the opening act. It felt alittle unnerving sitting down and having him come on at 7:40. As for Joni, she was okay, but her songs all sound alike and took away from the up mood set by Bob. And her new songs..."Happiness is the Best Facelift"? That one sucked! And she played WAY too long...I think she had the longest set of the three (or at least it felt like the longest) I thought Van Morrison was also great. He stayed away from the annoying showbizy introductions last night, and he still has GREAT chops. Made me wish that the concert had just been Van Morrison and Bob, with both playing longer sets. JB
From: Anna Lukey (s& Date: Thu, 09 Jul 1998 20:10:08 -0700 Has anyone heard Bob play recently? What are the songs? Are they his recent ones or the older classics?
Subject: Re: Dylans latest concerts From: Lloyd Fonvielle ( Date: Thu, 09 Jul 1998 16:43:14 -0700 DYLAN WITHOUT TEARS I'm glad you asked. I saw Dylan May 22 at the Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles (with Joni Mitchell & Van Morrison) and I've been thinking about it a lot ever since. It was awesome and profound, and welcome. I saw two of the shows from the Before the Flood Tour, and rank them among the greatest artistic experiences of my life, but two sightings after that -- from the Hard Rain Tour (interesting but messy) and the Tom Petty Tour (a phone-in) had left a bad taste. The recent show jolted me back to 1974 and just as quickly out of it again -- Dylan commenting on the past, that period in particular, reworking it, using it, leaving it. I saw the show with my sister, and a few songs in she turned to me and said, "Does he know what he's doing? I mean, does he KNOW?" I said, "He knows exactly what he's doing." It's hard to translate exactly what we were talking about (she's my sister, and we've known each other a long time) but afterwards we summed it up this way: In their sets, Mitchell and Morrison seemed to be saying to the audience: this is my work, this is who I am, this is how I feel about it (each of them mocked an old signature piece they felt compelled to do.) In his set, Dylan seemed to be saying to the audience: who are you? It was spooky. He stared the set with "Maggie's Farm", exactly as he had started the sets I saw in 1974. Then it was fierce, angry denial. This time it was a shout of joy, of liberation. The whole tone of the '74 performances was fierce and angry, and no song was more bitter than "It Ain't Me, Babe." This time it was a sweet, almost rollicking rockabilly farewell: it ain't me babe, but it's o. k., nothing to worry about. He did "If You See Her, Say Hello" -- the sadness was lovely, something to treasure, and he changed a line at the end (perhaps he's done this before): "Tell her she can look me up -- if she THINKS I'VE GOT THE TIME". He was dancing with ghosts, and seemed to be saying: I know these are your ghosts, too, but look, they aren't so scary. So when he did "This Wheel's On Fire" and came to the line "you knew that we would meet again, if your memory serves you well" I felt he was looking right at me (I mean, at his audience) and telling us to pay attention to what he was doing. . . and when he changed a line in that song, too, to "just notify YOUR next of kin" I knew he knew exactly what he was doing. What's happened to Bob since the unremitting darkness of "Time Out of Mind"? (He did "Make You Feel My Love" from that album. The recording is hopeless in mood, almost pathetic -- live at Pauley it was painfully optimistic and tender. [A cut from the night before at Pauley is now posted on the official Dylan web site -- listen for yourself.]} Was it the Grammy? Respect? Some sudden joy at realizing that he's survived? God knows, but I hope the mood lasts -- if it does you're in for a treat, a sweet dose of salvation. I've never seen an artist play more powerfully and more eloquently with the secret bonds between performer and audience . . . each dancing up to, and sometimes across, a line that only the other can see.

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