Thursday, August 19, 2004

bob + willie + western swing = bliss

"THE BOB DYLAN SHOW" TO PLAY IN 22 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PARKS ON SUMMER TOUR . Joining Bob Dylan on the tour are Willie Nelson and Family and The Hot Club Of Cowtown. Kids under 12 will be admitted free with an adult ticket holder. Gig list, venues and dates

Campanelli Stadium Brockton. Sunday 15 Aug 2004
......Nelson, 71, took stage first, playing his classic hits, such as "Whiskey River," "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," "Georgia on my Mind," "Good Hearted Woman," and "Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be Cowboys."

Nelson played 25 songs in a 90-minute set, grinning and waving to audience members the entire time.

At various points during the show, Nelson tossed his hat or bandana into the crowd, only to have fans throw their own hats back to him. The crowd went wild at one point, when Nelson tossed his cowboy hat into the crowd and put on a Boston Red Sox cap a fan had thrown on stage.

While Nelson interacted with the audience, Dylan, in typical Dylan-fashion, only addressed the audience once — when he introduced his band at the end of his set. Still, his fans loved him.

Dylan's playlist consisted of very few of his classic tunes. He played mostly his more obscure Christian and gospel songs, and blues songs off his 1997 "Love and Theft" album. [my emphasis]

After playing a 12-song set, Dylan played a three-song encore, consisting of mainstream hits, "Mr. Tambourine Man," "Like a Rolling Stone," and "All Along the Watchtower," which brought about shouts of, "Yeah Bobby!" from the crowd.

Also in his typical, Chaplain-esque way, Dylan bounced and bobbled around stage seemingly in his own world.
At one point in the show, he stood in center stage looking like he was holding an air guitar, only to wander off stage and back on again.......