Last night I went to see Bob Dylan live in northern Virginia at George
Mason University. This was my first time seeing Bob live and I was not
disappointed. He played for 90 minutes straight and his voice actually
got better as the evening progressed. I can’t say that it was the most
interesting musical performance that I’ve ever seen, but I can say that
I don’t remember ever feeling satisfied simply to be in the same room
with a performer. You have to somehow remember that Dylan is 65 and for 90 minutes, along with maintaining a strong vocal, he is playing keyboard, harmonica, and conducting his band. I’ve only been a fan for about 2 years thanks to my friend and colleague John Amos who also went to the show.
What I admire most about Dylan is that he continues to make quality music. Nobody really wants to hear groups like the Rolling Stones, Chicago or the Eagles play new music. What the fans want are the classics. Dylan played a number of songs from the new CD and the fan reaction was enthusiastic. I am convinced that he could have played every song from the new CD and that would have been just fine. The most interesting moment came at the end following the encore. The lights dimmed and then all you see is white light with Dylan standing in front of his band just staring out at the audience. It looked like something out of a Western movie. If you have a chance to see him do so. You won’t be disappointed. Here is the set list from last night: