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Audio: Bob Dylan Does ‘Things Have Changed,’ ‘Stay With Me’- April 25, 2015

This is an older photo – it’s NOT from the gig.

Three songs from Bob Dylan’s performance at Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham, NC, on April 25, 2015.

“Things Have Changed”:

“Blowin’ In The Wind”:

“Stay With Me”:

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Audio: Bob Dylan at the Orpheum Theater, Minneapolis – Nov. 2014 – “Things Have Changed,’ ‘She Belongs To Me’ & More

Dylan and band in Oakland, CA. Photo by Michael Goldberg,

On November 4, 2014, Bob Dylan and his band performed at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis.

Check out three songs: “Things Have Changed,” “She Belongs To Me” and “Beyond Here Lies Nothing.”

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Review: Bob Dylan & Band In Top Form at Oakland’s Paramount Theater, Oct. 30, 2014

Bob Dylan and his band at the Paramount Theater. Photo by Michael Goldberg.

The clang of an ancient gong announced that Bob Dylan was in the house, and that his first set for the final night of a three-night gig (October 30, 2014) at the beautifully restored Paramount Theater in downtown Oakland, CA, had begun.

Was I excited, yeah baby! Yet I was worried too. How could he compare to the Dylan of old?

“Ah, but I was so much older then/ I’m younger than that now,” he once sang, though not on this night.

And it was good he didn’t. Those lines made sense when he wrote them, when he was in his early 20s.

But Dylan is 73, he’s so much older now.

I last saw him live at the Greek Theater in Berkeley in June of 1986, and it wasn’t the best show. Frankly, it was a shadow of the show I saw in 1974 when Dylan and The Band played the Oakland Coliseum and tore the place up. That was incredible.

Think about it though. 1986. That was nearly 30 years ago. Ancient history. Another lifetime.

Bob Dylan, age 73. What would that be like? I’d seen John Lee Hooker perform at the Sweetwater when he was past 80 and he was fantastic. And I saw Muddy Waters when he was 65, and he was damn good too. There’s a wisdom that sometimes comes with age.

But Dylan? With his ragged frog of a voice. And no guitar, ’cause he doesn’t play guitar anymore. How’s that gonna work?

Whatever my pre-show worries, as soon as the band kicked off with “Things Have Changed” I relaxed.

This was gonna be good.

Dylan came onto the stage, a character out of one of his more surreal songs. The flat-brimmed white hat, something a Spanish Don wore in the ’20s perhaps. And a black frock coat with white trim. Dylan was dressing up for us. He wasn’t showing up in his streetwear — jeans and a hoodie. No way, he was here in a grand old theater and he had dressed the part.

A band leader. A performer. An artist.

Dylan is the master of great looks.

He still has style. And you know what, Dylan dressing up the way he does each night, sends the audience a message before he even sings a note. This isn’t gonna be Chuck Berry doing just another gig. This is special. Bob Dylan got dressed up on this night for this crowd. He cares.

I was there with a long time friend, and later during the show he asked me how this show compared to when I’d seen Dylan in 1974.

Well you can’t compare the Dylan of the past and the Dylan of today, I said. It’s like he’s a different person now. It’s like the folkie protest Dylan was one guy, and the Highway 61 Revisited Dylan was another, and the man who recorded the Basement tapes and John Wesley Harding was someone else again.

The Dylan of 2014 is yet another Dylan.

The show.

First of all, I thought Dylan was in great voice, and having listened to a recording of the show I can say that with even more force. Sure his voice is different. More Tom Waits than Woody Guthrie. But if you give it a chance, it grows on you and pretty soon you find yourself totally digging it. And it’s totally Dylan’s voice. On this night he was a live wire.

Dylan as piano man. He’s always had his own bluesy piano style, and over the years he’s gotten even better. So while I miss Dylan on guitar, his whorehouse piano on numerous songs including the snaky tango, “Beyond Here Lies Nothing,” was just right. And while some have derided his harmonica playing since the early days, I’ve always been a huge fan. On this night his harp breaks were dead-on perfect.

He seemed totally in-the-moment and with us as he sang his songs — all but one being his own compositions.

But what knocked me out the most was the set list. Of the 18 songs Dylan sang, 14 were ‘new’ songs, written in the 21st century. Only one, “She Belongs To Me,” was written in the ’60s, and two, “Simple Twist Of Fate” and “Tangled Up In Blue,” came from the mid-’70s. The final song of the night was Dylan’s version of a song Frank Sinatra made famous, “Stay With Me.”

That’s gutsy. That’s self-confidence. And you know what? These 21st century Bob Dylan songs are killer.

While Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones go out and play oldie-but-goodie greatest hits shows, Bob Dylan plays material from his most recent albums.

Dylan these days comes across onstage as a working musician. He doesn’t talk to the audience. He’s there to play music.

“He’s a real song and dance man,” my friend said.

Dylan was either at the piano, standing fairly still before the microphone as he sang, or swaying in place as one of his band members took a killer solo.

And speaking of the band, another thought I had as I took in the music was that this current band are as good as The Band.

Dylan has assembled his version of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, or Merle Haggard and the Strangers.

What I mean is, this band is like those great country-western bands, musicians who play with soul and really have their chpps down. Now I’ve been cheering the raw, imperfect sound of punk bands since the early days of The Stooges and the MC5, and if I’ve got to choose between soul and spirt, or musician ship, I’ll take soul and spirit every time.

But Dylan’s guys, they are some of the best musicians you’ll ever hear; they’ve got a total feel for Dylan’s music. As used to be said of a great jazz band, they swing.

Bassist Tony Garnier (on upright), drummer George Receli and rhythm guitarist Stu Kimball are a rock solid rhythm section. They ground the songs and let Dylan, lead guitarist Charlie Sexton and mutli-instrumentalist Donnie Herron (pedal steel, lap steel, electric mandolin, banjo, violin) add beautiful texture and solos.

Both Sexton and Herron are simply incredible. I love pedal steel guitar and Herron added hip country riffs to “Things Have Changed,” “Workingman’s Blues #2,” “Duquesne Whistle,” and others.

Meanwhile Sexton added electrifying riffs and solos.

Dylan has become a great band leader. Years on the road, and certainly his perfectionist demands, have turned this band into one of the best.

Highlights? The beautiful ballad “Forgetful Heart” was love on a moonlit night, with rhapsodic violin from Herron, and a mournful harmonica solo from Dylan. “Long And Wasted Years” was a triumph, from that unforgettable opening riff and Dylan’s defiant vocal, to the final lines:

“So much for tears
So much for these long and wasted years.”

There were many other highlights. “Early Roman Kings,” “Simple Twist Of Fait,” “Scarlet Town,” “Pay In Blood,” “High Water (For Charley Patton)” — I could go on.

After nearly two hours of listening to Dylan’s new music, it’s clear that just as Dylan and the Hawks had a very unique sound in the ’60s, so too do Dylan and his current band.

Leaving the Paramount, I said to my friend, the music Bob Dylan now makes is totally its own thing. It has nothing to do with current trends, and it’s not some retro trip either. The only reference point for Dylan’s new music is Dylan. He’s created something unique that works for him in 2014, and his fans love it. Dylan being Dylan, and nothing could be better.

You could call the music Dylan and the band make Americana, an umbrella term that covers blues, rock, rockabilly, jazz, folk, country, western swing and more, but if were going to name Dylan’s sound, I’d want to come up with something more unique. But really, what’s the point.

It’s 2014 Bob Dylan music, a thing all its own.

The musicians:

Bob Dylan — vocal, piano, harmonica
Stu Kimball — rhythm guitar
Donnie Herron — pedal steel, lap steel, electric mandolin, banjo, violin
Charlie Sexton — lead guitar
Tony Garnier — bass guitar
George Receli — drums, percussion

Set List:

Set I
Things Have Changed
She Belongs to Me
Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
Workingman’s Blues #2
Waiting for You
Duquesne Whistle
Pay in Blood
Tangled Up in Blue
Love Sick

Set II
High Water (For Charley Patton)
Simple Twist of Fate
Early Roman Kings
Forgetful Heart
Spirit on the Water
Scarlet Town
Soon after Midnight
Long and Wasted Years

Encore:
Stay With Me

[I just published my rock ‘n’ roll novel, True Love Scars.” Rolling Stone has a great review of my book in a recent issue. Read it here. There’s info about True Love Scars here.]

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Audio: Bob Dylan Sings ‘Things Have Changed,’ ‘She Belongs To Me’ & More – The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia, Aug. 27, 2014

Three more full songs — “Things Have Changed,” “She Belongs To Me” and “Beyond Here Lies Nothing” — from Bob Dylan’s show at the Brisbane, Australia club, The Tivoli, on August 27, 2014.

And if you missed my previous posts of clips from this show, head here and here to hear them.

“Things Have Changed”:

“She Belongs To Me”:

“Beyond Here Lies Nothing”:

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Bob Dylan Does ‘Things Have Changed’ at Pori Jazz – July, 17, 2014

Bob Dylan in Pori, Finland.

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Bob Dylan Live, Videos from Thessaloniki Harbor, Greece – June 22, 2014 — ‘All Along The Watchtower’ & More

Bob Dylan live in Greece.

Bob Dylan live at Thessaloniki Harbor in Thessaloniki, Greece last night.

Dylan sounds quite good based on these clips and the band is really swinging. I’m very impressed with Dylan’s band. Shows last year and this show what a killer performing unit they are. Based on the shows in Japan, Ireland, Turkey and now Greece, this is going to be a great year for Dylan in concert. Hopefully we’ll have a new album before the end of the year, and then I’m hoping another bootleg series set in 2015.

It’s going to be very interesting to see what Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” manuscript sells for at auction tomorrow. I’ve seen an estimate that it could sell for as much as $2 million. Crazy. Well we’ll know soon enough.

Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the videos of Bob Dylan live at Thessaloniki Harbor below.

Dylan and band:

Bob Dylan – vocal, piano, harp
Charlie Sexton on lead guitar
Donnie Herron – banjo, viola, violin, electric mandolin, pedal steel, lap steel
Stu Kimball – rhythm guita
Tony Garnier – bass
George Recile – drums

Bob Dylan live at Thessaloniki Harbor:

Things Have Changed plus all of “She Belongs To Me”:

“She Belongs to Me”:

Excerpt:

“Beyond Here Lies Nothin'”
“What Good Am I?”
“Duquesne Whistle”
“Pay in Blood”
“Tangled Up in Blue”

“Love Sick”:

“High Water (For Charley Patton)”
“Simple Twist of Fate”
“Early Roman Kings”

“Forgetful Heart”:

“Summer Days”:

“A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”:

“Soon after Midnight”
“Long and Wasted Years”

Encore:

“All Along the Watchtower”:

Another view:

“All Along the Watchtower” & “Blowin’ in the Wind”:

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Audio: Bob Dylan Live At The Hammersmith Apollo, London – Nov. 20, 2011 – Full Set

Bob Dylan’s complete set from his Nov. 20, 2011 appearance at the Hammersmith Apollo in London.

Setlist

Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
All Over Now, Baby Blue
Things Have Changed
Trying To Get To Heaven
Honest With Me
Tangled Up In Blue
Summer Days
Blind Willie McTell
Highway 61 Revisited
Desolation Row
Thunder On The Mountain
Ballad Of A Thin Man
All Along The Watchtower
Like A Rolling Stone

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Video: Looking Back at Bob Dylan’s Video Clips on His Birthday – ‘Jokerman,’ ‘Pretty Saro,’ ‘I Threw It All Away’ & More

Bob Dylan on ‘The Johnny Cash Show,’ 1969.

In celebration of Robert Allen Zimmerman’s 73rd birthday, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of Dylan’s live performances as captured on film or video, and a bunch of his music videos.

Enjoy!

“Pretty Saro”:

“Mr. Tambourine Man” (live at Newport Folk Festival 1964):

“Things Have Changed”:

“Cold Irons Bound”:

“Man of Constant Sorrow,” WBC-TV May 1963:

“Not Dark Yet”:

“Tangled Up In Blue”:

“Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)”:

“I Threw It All Away,” “The Johnny Cash Show,” 1969:

“Series Of Dreams”:

“Jokerman”:

“Blowin’ in the Wind,” WBC-TV May 1963:

“Like A Rolling Stone,” 1966:


Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone (1966) by alexnesic66

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Audio: Bob Dylan Live at the Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, 2013 – ‘All Along the Watchtower,’ ‘Blind Willie McTell’ & More

Photo via www.metro.us.

Bob Dylan at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, MO one year ago, April 23, 2013.

He’s in quite good voice for this show.

Enjoy.

“Things Have Changed”:

“High Water (For Charley Patton)”:

“Tangled Up In Blue”:

“Blind Willie McTell”:

“What Good Am I?”:

“Summer Days”:

“All ALong the Watchtower”:

“Ballad of a Thin Man”:

Things Have Changed
Love Sick
High Water (For Charley Patton)
Soon after Midnight
Early Roman Kings
Tangled Up in Blue
Pay in Blood
Visions of Johanna
Spirit on the Water
Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
Blind Willie McTell
What Good Am I?
Summer Days
Scarlet Town
All Along the Watchtower
Encore:
Ballad of a Thin Man

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Audio: Bob Dylan Live In Tokyo, April 8, 2014 – Full Show including ‘She Belongs To Me,’ & ‘All Along the Watchtower’

Tokyo Bob, April 5, 2014

Here’s last night’s entire Bob Dylan show.

Zepp Divercity
Tokyo, Japan
April 8, 2014

The band:

Bob Dylan – piano, harp
Tony Garnier – bass
George Recile – drums
Stu Kimball – rhythm guitar
Charlie Sexton on lead guitar
Donnie Herron – banjo, violin, electric mandolin, pedal steel, lap steel

Setlist:

Things Have Changed
She Belongs to Me
Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
(interrupted by PA trouble)
Instrumental Jam
Huck’s Tune
Duquesne Whistle
Waiting for You
Pay in Blood
Tangled Up in Blue
Love Sick
Intermission
High Water (For Charley Patton)
Simple Twist of Fate
Early Roman Kings
Forgetful Heart
Spirit on the Water
Scarlet Town
Soon after Midnight
Long and Wasted Years
Encore:
All Along the Watchtower
Blowin’ in the Wind

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