The spirit and piano move Dylan at Mayo

  • Article by: JON BREAM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 22, 2012 - 11:22 AM

In his first home state gig in four years, he seemed strikingly engaged in Rochester.

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jhotchkAug. 22, 1211:23 AM

High energy upbeat concert but serious sound issues. No sound from the cymbals, kick drum WAY too loud and poorly equalized (sounded like an underwater Taiko drum). Sometimes the drum echo conflicted with the bass rhythm and it was impossible to feel or hear the beat. Don't know if it's the auditorium or the sound engineer. Other than that an awesome concert!

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triodeAug. 22, 1211:35 AM

Nice, small setting compared to Xcel Energy Center or other arenas. For fifty bucks I got to stand as close to the stage as being near the back of First Ave. Five years ago at the Rochester baseball field, the sound quality was outstanding. Last night, not so hot. Obviously the civic center's amplifiers and speakers were obtained on a Republican budget. Great crowd, lots of younger fans, and the parking ramp across the street wasn't staffed after the show, so nobody had to pay. The concessionaires selling t-shirts after the show worked faster than any bartender ever has. All that, and two songs from Blood On The Tracks (a solid album and a great argument against buying Greatest Hits), which was recorded here at Sound 80 with local musicians. Well worth the trip.

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slobberbonerAug. 22, 1212:17 PM

How cool that this musical giant still tours, in out of the way places, playing old and new songs that are all lyrically intensive and still somehow artistically relevant, at his age? Dylan's MN connection as meaningful as it may or may not be anymore, is still something I'm proud of...

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dlweidtAug. 22, 1212:47 PM

"a sampling from one of the deepest and richest catalogues of the past 50 years" I'm curious. As an expert, who do you think might compare to Dylan?

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thinktankerAug. 22, 12 1:00 PM

I've seen Dylan three times and he never looked withdrawn to me. In fact, he looked quite the opposite. He was dancing the whole time when I saw him play Rochester last. Same with Duluth. Not sure what shows the writer has seen. :/

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mikeymofoAug. 22, 12 1:28 PM

Not to slight anyone, but doesn't he look a bit like Tom Baker, the longest-lasting Dr. Who? Now we know what Time Lords do when not saving the time-space continuum from the Daleks...

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percyroy12Aug. 22, 12 2:18 PM

From the set list it looked like a great show. I would have been dissapointed to not hear "Don't Think Twice It's All Right", but you can't make everyone happy. My favorite song Bob is probably too old to play anymore, "Idiot Wind", but who knows maybe he will suprise me when he comes to the TC later this year. That song sums up my last relationship, although we are both still friends there were times that song got me through some rough patches.

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glenne81Aug. 22, 12 2:19 PM

Rochester is so out of touch as to a music venue its concerning. The sound is so bad inside of that arena is like being in a high school gym. Its too bad because Bob no longer has the voice for such a horrible venue.

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wildfan4evaAug. 22, 12 2:58 PM

IMO-Dylan has always been a fabulous lyric writer, but his voice has never been impressive, even in his prime, almost awful to be honest. With that said, the past 20 years have been that much more rough for the legend, throwing in his instrument issues now, this show attendance will be my last without a doubt. I tried to be positive for who he is, but dang if his "performance" or lack of killed it.

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tromanAug. 24, 1210:15 AM

You mean piano is not his...forte?

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