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Subject: Review of Sept. 19, 1998 Honolulu Performance
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 1998 20:23:08 -1000

     Bob Dylan and Ledward Kaapana September 19, 1998 
     Andrew's Amphitheater, Honolulu,  Hawaii 
     A review by Andrew Sekine  
So far I haven't seen a review of Dylan's Honolulu concert on  your
site so I am taking the liberty of providing one for you.

The September 19 Honolulu concert was held in Andrew's Amphitheater,
an open  air arena on the University of Hawaii campus that seats about
3,500. I presume  that the concert was held in the amphitheater
because other venues in Honolulu  with larger seating capacities such
as the Waikiki Shell, the site of a 1992  Dylan performance, were
already booked. The gates opened at 6:00 but a long line  of
concert-goers had formed well before then. The line to enter the arena
moved  slowly because zealous blue-t-shirted security personnel near
the entrance were  informing the concert-goers that food, drinks,
umbrellas, and chairs  were not allowed in the arena, sending back to
their cars many stunned  concert-goers who were accustomed to the
easy-going atmosphere of most Hawaii  concerts. Some of the security
personnel went so far as to search  purses.

The show got underway just after seven with a 40-minute set by Ledward
Kaapana, a Hawaiian artist who is a master of ki ho'alu guitar. Ki
hoalu  ("slack-key") refers to lowering or raising the pitch of
certain  guitar strings, which is similar to the use of open tunings
in traditional folk  and blues guitar. In slack-key guitar, however,
there are dozens of possible tunings, some of which are known by only
certain Hawaiian families. Ledward gave his usual dazzling
performance, starting with two nimble-fingered numbers on  ukulele
then picking up his guitar to play slack key standards such as  "Radio
Hula" and "Opihi Moemoe." He also sprinkled his set  with selections
from his recently released album "Waltz of the Wind"  (Dancing Cat).
He concluded his set with his signature falsetto rendering of "I
Kona" and a guitar extravaganza treatment of the old surf  classic

Dylan's 1992 concert at the Waikiki Shell had been, putting it kindly,
a  mixed bag. He seemed afflicted with stage fright and intermittently
mumbled  lyrics into the mike. He didn't seem comfortable until his
acoustic segment  halfway through the concert. Yet, despite memories
of that lack-luster 1992  performance, the concert was sold out and
members of the audience who had seats  on the grass began to stand up
during intermission in anticipation of Dylan  taking the stage.

Dylan began his set with "Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat" and it was 
evident that this concert would be far different from the 1992
appearance --  this time the band was tight and Dylan was locked into
the music from the start.  The crowd on the grass area was on their
feet swaying to the beat throughout the song and remained so through
much of the concert. The next song was a  name-that-tune version of
"Tonight I'll be Staying Here with You." As was the case with much of
his older material, the melodies of the songs were restructured and
the songs themselves were linked to their previously recorded
incarnations only through their lyrics and harmonic structure. The 
message came through that this clearly wasnt an oldies revue. Dylan's
old material was being created anew before our eyes and astonished

"Cold Irons Bound" was introduced by a flurry of Sonic  Youth-type
feedback. It seems that on this and the other "Time Out of  Mind"
songs, "Can't Wait" and "Love Sick," Dylan stayed  fairly close to the
recorded versions.

"Simple Twist of Fate" was another name-that-tune rendition.  The
audience cheered when he came to the tagline, "Simple Twist of  Fate."
"Silvio," with its rave-up choruses and the revelation of  Dylan as a
guitar god was probably the best-received song of the night. The 
grass seating below was a sea of human movement.

Dylan began the acoustic segment of his set with "Stone Walls And 
Steel Bars," which was followed by "Don't Think Twice, It's All 
Right," "Tangled Up In Blue," and "It Ain't Me,  Babe."

After a glowing version of "I Shall Be Released" Dylan quickly 
introduced the members of his band (the man spoke!) and went into
"'Til I  Fell In Love With You " and exited.

Dylan and his band took their time about coming back for their encore 
set, letting the crowd applause rise to a crescendo before returning
to the  stage to do "Love Sick," "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35," and 
"Blowing in the Wind." On the choruses of the latter song, Dylan 
stretched out the word "wind" and each time the crowd whooped.

Dylan quickly came back for his second encore set of "Highway  61" and
"Forever Young." Oddly, the amphitheater lights remained  off after
"Forever Young," prompting the crowd to continue to applaud  and hope
for a third encore set but that was it.

Perhaps by the standards of the Never-Ending Tour, the Honolulu
concert  was a so-so performance -- no harmonica solo, no duck walk,
no seldom heard  songs. But to the Honolulu audience it was a magic
night. Dylan performed with  all the vitality of an artist whose time
has not yet passed and whose creativity  is at yet another peak.
Occasionally, rain would fall upon the open-air arena,  which had the
effect of heightening the emotions of the crowd, as though they 
sensed that they were receiving a special blessing. And indeed they
were, for on  September 19 in Honolulu, thousands of people walked out
of the amphitheater  knowing that they had experienced greatness.

Andrew Sekine 

Date: 24 Sep 1998 18:11:00 +0100 From: (Carsten Wohlfeld) Subject: September 19, 1998 - Honolulu, Oahu, HI - a review Bob Dylan Honolulu, Oahu, HI Andrews Amphitheater, September 19, 1998 A review by Carsten Wohlfeld Two days on from the performance on Maui Bob played a terrific venue at the University of Hawaii tonight. The Andrews Amphitheater, right on campus, is a lovely little Amphitheater, that holds just about 3,500 people, about 1,000 of them on the lawn. "Tonight's performance is sold out" the sign outside proudly proclaimed and indeed the crowd seemed to be be much more suitable for a Rock N Roll show than the lamers in Maui (sorry guys, that's what I thought... see Eric Clapton next time, please). Led Kaapana opened with his unusual blend of blues, counrtr and native hawaiian sounds and funny coververisons of "Killing Me Slowly" (sic) and "Sweet Georgia Brown". Bob and crew arrived at 8.00pm and you could see them arrive cause there was no black curtain in the back...weird. Bob was very moody tonight and that was apparent as soon as he launched into: Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat One second he gaves us his biggest grin, the next he was rolling his eyes, apparently cause he didn't liked the band's performance too much. "Pillbox" seemed to have an extended solo and sounded much better as I was standing in the front row. I never like this from the back, but when you actually can 'feel' the sound it's quite alright. Larry had new speakers, Matchless instead of Vox tonight, would be interesting to see if this was only a one off... Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You AGAIN! Bob seemed to enjoy this one alot, lots of smiles all around. The whole show had a kind of rehersal atmosphere too it, very laid back. Also, Bob wasn't playing guitar much at all (more of that later). Cold Irons Bound was "Bound". Simple Twist Of Fate Grrreat version, even though was struggeling with the first geetar solo a bit. He left his troubles behind quickly and this became a looong, showstopping performance. "Big Girl Now" was the cuesheets alternate. Can't Wait Faster than usual and a cooking version as well. Excellent Silvio was "Silvio" and it was here that Bob stopped playing guitar for large parts of the song, something he continued for most of the latter part of the show. Stone Walls And Steel Bars (acoustic) was "Stone Walls". Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (acoustic) Bob stopped playing guitar in the middle of a verse a couple of time and Larry had trouble filling in the unexpected "soundholes". Tangled Up In Blue (acoustic) Tony wanted to walk over to Larry with his speedometer to make sure Larrz doesn't start this too fast, but as Tony has halfway there Larry had already started :-) This became a very strange performance as Bob hardly played guitar at all and Larry didn't really know if he was supposed just to play the rhythm or the solos as well. Bob seemed to be very angry at Bucky tonight and after not having played guitar at all during his first too solo spots he walked over to Bucky, talked to him (all this while the band was playing the song!), Bucky stopped playing altogether and Bob finally played his solo. Very strange, if you ask me! It Ain't Me Babe (acoustic) Was chosen over "My Back Pages" and "Baby Blue" which was a pity but this was a lovely soft performance anyways complete with the long slow ending. No harp though. Halfway through the song Bob shouted something over to Bucky. I for one didn't hear him play too bad, but Bob obviously begged to differ. I Shall Be Released was "Released". "Blind Willie" was a possible alternate, according to the cuesheet :-( The band intros followed. "On guitar - Larry Campbell...(mumble) way back when...(mumble) maybe I'm not supposed to mention...(mumble) [break for applause], on drums David Kemper [break for applause], on mandolin and steel guitar Bucky Baxterandonbass Tony [note: no break for applause, which evenually made him stop after Tony cause people were clapping anyways] Garnier. I think he deliberately didn't stop after Bucky cause he was unhappy with his playing. What he said about Larry was impossible to make out for me. Maybe the tapes will tell. Til I Fell In Love With You Bob was more yelling than singing this one and while the band was still playing the outro he put away the guitar, took a few bows and left the stage. (encore) Love Sick Bob's guitar playing was very loud on this one, I saw it as an attempt to have Bucky's steel guitar buried in the muddy sound. Again he was rolling his eyes at Bucky even though I didn't hear Bucky play anything else or worse than usual. Rainy Day Women Nos. 12 & 35 It actually started raining at the beggining of this song, which was quite funny. It stopped in time for the song's end as well. Blowin' In The Wind (acoustic) Slow and veeery nice, together with "Simple Twist" one of the unlikely highlights of the night! Highway 61 Revisited An obvious choice, also because the Hawaiian Highway 61 was just a few blocks down the road! Bob seemed to have some trouble with his solo and the performance seemed to be shorter than usual. Again he left the stage before the song was over. Forever Young (acoustic) A little bit rusty but a nice way to end the show anyways. After the song they disappeared backatage and for a moment it looked as if they would return. Tommy had put Bob's guitar back on stage, but after a long wait the lights finally came on and the show was over. 105 minutes, a very enthusastic, rather young crowd, a weird Dylan performance, that, I say it again had a lot of a rehearsal with all the looks and talking and Bob's non existant guitar playing but I for one enjoyed it much more than the trying-to-be-peffect greatest hits shows we got in Auckland or Maui. This show probably ranks as one of the three most enjoyable I've seen over the last six weeks, even though I'm not quite sure if that will come across on tape as well. As always, thanks for reading. This will be my last review for a while, thanks for all the kind notes and all the criticism as well. As long as it doesn't come from some useless bozo who's jealous cause I'm having fun seeing so many shows any remarks are more than welcome. I'm sure I'll be back rather sooner than later, so please stay tuned :-) Special thanks to Will and the people at the Northshore Inn, I had a great time with you guys :-) carsten wohlfeld -- "well a man has two reasons for things that he does, the first one is pride and the second one is love" (husker du)

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