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The Band has some great musicians, but they and the sound level just drowned Dylan out. Part of why I love Dylan is the poetry, and no matter how loud he tried to sing, you just couldn't hear/understand the words. And the arrangements for each song were thumpingly similar.
Dunkirk from New York, New York
DYLAN AT THE BEACON
It was the tenth Dylan concert I attended since 1992. Of those, maybe six were electric and the other four were not. The Beacon performance was not electric. He seemed rickety as he gingerly navigated the stage between numbers. His voice started out gravelly almost beyond recognition and then became much smoother as the evening progressed. The show was not his best performance of recent (for instance, last year he was much more engaged and energetic in Asheville, NC). The band, led by lead guitarist Charlie Sexton, was superb. I can't imagine a better back up band in all of rockdom. And, Dylan is an American legend and icon. I have discovered that a Dylan concert is never a sure bet. What is certain, however, is that you can expect the unexpected. As a huge fan, especially since Blood on the Tracks in the 70's, it took me halfway through almost every song to figure out what number Dylan was playing. I know that can irritating to some, but I find it fascinating how he likes to scramble the formula for each song, no matter how sacred. As far as a Dylan concert goes, it was what it was.
Phil Stewart from Seattle, Washington
DYLAN: THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY
I’ve seen him 4 times over the years and it’s always a challenge. I support his desire to restructure his songs and present his work in the manner that suits-him. His band, while not appearing to enjoy the evening, maintained a reverent and watchful eye on their leader and did a masterful job of playing unobtrusive and volume conscious.
For all that though, I come to Dylan for the lyrics. It’s always been about his visions expressed through brilliant wordplay. Like I said, it’s always been a challenge. At the Paramount last night (6/1/22), from the front row at least, the challenge was not met. Yeah, my ears are getting old, I’ve heard a lot rocknroll, but try as I might, I could only make out some of his delivery. And that’s a drag.
So it’s back to the records.
I wish him well, he’s given us so much.
But, maybe the Never Ending Tour, should end.
Heidi from New York, New York
While I can't bring myself to give this musical genius a 1-star, it's probably a more accurate
rating of this show. As other viewers have said, he was not interactive and barely
intelligible. While he's always spoken much of the content in his songs, there was no
attempt to sing at all. You could barely understand a word. Making it even more difficult
was that the songs were rearranged to such an extent that they sounded like a parody of
a Bob Dylan song, and you could not understand even the most well known songs. There
was no audience acknowledgment at all. If you are considering purchasing tickets and
have not already, I would save your money.
Marylee from New York, New York
TIME TO GO FISHING
Thought I was in the "name this tune" show. Although Bob Dylan is an accomplished song writer and musician, he has little stage presence and maybe has no regard, really, as to what an audience would like to hear. He apparently changes up his songs to please himself but failed to entertain the rest of us. The band was rockin’ but what is the point of hearing the iconic artist of such wonderful songs go off into some alter musical reality? I love Bob Dylan but like a lot of renowned folks who hate to retire, it's simply time. Bye Bob, I'll continue to love your songs on recordings and not pay $200 for inarticulate, narcissistic machinations.
Markus Perez from Houston, Texas
NOT SO GOOD
Sorry but you Dylan fans are probably not going to like this. That concert in Sugar Land, TX sucked. Dylan has always mumbled but it was difficult to make out anything he sang, especially when his band, which one can tell is very talented, drowned him out on half the songs (lead guitar). In addition, none of his songs sounded like any of the vinyl records I still own. It is fine to change things up and re-compose for a live audience but sheesh, you could tell he was in his seventies and just doesn't have it any longer. Can't believe we blew that much money on center seats orchestra. Absolutely cannot recommend seeing him.
I'm a life long fan and just don't understand the other gaga reviews. The guy needs to retire. God knows he doesn't need the money.
CDM from Houston, Texas
DYLAN AT SMART FINANCIAL, SUGAR LAND
Not what you would hope for, nor expect. I would say
disappointing, but nothing should be unexpected from Dylan. He
has morphed himself so often over the years, changing styles
and screwing around with songs until they're practically
unrecognizable. It's a shame to me however. So many good
songs, unsung, left of the set list. The ones he keeps, as said,
changed and, unfortunately, not very good.
Save your money. Listen to his old stuff and be happy with it.
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