Live New Orleans


Bob Dylan

Jazzfest

April 25, 2003

A heard a lot of people say this show sucked, but I was with Bob all the way. His voice has improved, as they say, but he still mumbles. So, there. And, he might not play a hit exactly as it was recorded. So, there. But, and this is a big but, the EMOTION that came out of his mouth was startling. I've never heard another performer put so much personality--I've never heard someone span the range of human emotions like Dylan did.

He was on piano most of the set, which was interesting but understandable considering he had a crack band backing him up. He had his cowboy get-up on, and I don't remember him addressing the crowd much. I wanted to slap the people around me who were talking. You don't talk during Bob Dylan. You know why? Cause he's friggin' BOB DYLAN!

Oh, and Dylan rocked. Really. I was movin and groovin to him. He gets pegged in history as this folk guy, but he's got the rollicking blues/roots music too.

Highlights were "Highway 61 Revisited" and an acoustic version of "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall." The best songs were "Things Have Changed" and "Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again," though. "Things Have Changed" could be my favorite Dylan song. It was so haunting. I'm a big lyric person, so to know every word, and for him to be expressing every word so well was fantastic. "Stuck" was rollin'--classic down and out Dylan.

Setlist:

To Be Alone With You
Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You
Highway 61 Revisited
Things Have Changed
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (acoustic)
Dignity
Mr. Tambourine Man (acoustic)
Drifter's Escape
Bye And Bye
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
Saving Grace
Honest With Me
A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (acoustic)
Summer Days

Like A Rolling Stone
All Along The Watchtower

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