A-changing times, same old Dylan

  • Article by: CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 8, 2012 - 6:19 AM

REVIEW: Bob plunked a grand piano and played it loose for first local show since the last presidential election.

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Gregc02Nov. 8, 1212:08 AM

Knofler was GREAT, I could happily have skipped the Dylan set for more Knofler. Dylan had a great band, even better in the tunes Knofler played in, but they should have turned the volume down about 20% on the band and 50% on Dylan and he should have stopped hamming it up on the lyrics. If you haven't heard Mark Knofler's new album get the 3 CD set from his website, it's all great, but the best stuff is on the extra disc.

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MaxpayneNov. 8, 1212:26 AM

Charlie Sexton had one solo hit called "Beat's So Lonely" in the late 80's..glad to read he landed on his feet!

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skearthNov. 8, 12 5:44 AM

Dylan played guitar on a couple of songs in 08. They brought it out and strapped it on him and the crowd went crazy. Northrop on election night.

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mgalaforetNov. 8, 12 5:58 AM

First time seeing both, and it was great. Dylan seemed to be having a lot of fun. Back-up bands were tight.

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JohnG1Nov. 8, 12 7:37 AM

I was at his last show here at Northrup in '08 and saw his show in Rochester in August. Dylan was in great form for that performance. At the X he owned the place! I love the reworked lyrics for Tangled up in blue and his animated stage performance during his songs. Dylan's piano playing has improved with every performance. Mark Knopfler was superb as an opening act! During the songs that he sat in on during Dylans set, his eyes were glued to Dylan, watching every move and responding in kind with great guitar licks.

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maskinongeNov. 8, 1211:09 AM

He is the best and nothing comes close, most people don't understand why but, nothing is artificial about him, no fancy stage, lighting, explosions, dancers, video screens or auto tune, just a minimalist approach. He doesn't have to do this- he wants to and that is the coolest part, last night he could have walked out to the front of the stage to cheering adoring fans but he prefers to remain in the background and do his show, he is an icon and nothing can or ever will be like him again.

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bono4233Nov. 8, 12 4:19 PM

Agree with most comments here. I, too, was at Northrop in '08 and found this show to a bet better. 2nd half of last evening appeared to be stronger to me - really enjoyed "Thunder on the Mountain" jam session. Yes, he is unique and one of a kind. That's what makes him what he is - and he's stills sought after around the world (i.e., awards, tributes, other people covering his stuff). Amazing.

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anderson3044Nov. 8, 12 6:35 PM

SAVE YOUR MONEY! Although Knoffler and his band were very good, once Dylan came on stage this turned into the worst concert I ever attended! Undoubtedly Dylan's legacy has proven his song-writing abilities as a talented artist and music icon, but its time to let someone else take over the singing. His band was very good and the instrumentals were as well as long as Dylan was playing the harmonica. Once he opened his mouth to sing (if you call it singing- more like narrating) the mass exodus of fans began. We hung in there until 10:45 thinking it HAD to get better until we couldn't stand it anymore. This review was quite kind in comparing his voice to a scotch-brite scrub pad. It was more like fingernails on the chalkboard. It really wasn't singing, very few musical notes, more like yelling words that sounded like some language other than English. I could only understand a few words from songs that I know so well. He had no stage presence. He never even addressed the audience during the term of the concert that I endured. Not even a "Hello Minnesota!" Apparently he did actually talk towards the end when he introduced his band but there was no audience interaction. BORING. I was so disappointed. If the intent of this tour was to promote his new CD I think it backfired.

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percyroy12Nov. 8, 12 7:41 PM

After reading the set list I am glad I skipped this one. Not one Blonde on Blonde song? I know with a catalog like Dylan's you won't always hear the songs you want, but come on Bob. Many people, myself included believe that is Dylans best album, in my opinion it is not really that close. It is truly a masterpiece. And only 1 song from Blood on the Tracks? Play less of the new stuff and go back to the old classics Bobby. Tempest is one new song that would be cool to hear live though. The song he chose off the new album is also dissapointing. Early Roman Kings is solid, but I would have rather heard Narrow Way, Pay In Blood or Long and Wasted Years. Glad I saved my money.

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ChrisVNov. 8, 12 8:28 PM

Can Ed Roland (Collective Soul lead singer) go with on tour with Dylan and provide all vocals? He sounds great doing "Shelter From The Storm" in the Dylan covers disc this year...

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