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Bob Dylan Brings ‘Never Ending Tour’ To Beacon Theatre For First of Four Shows (SHOW REVIEW)
Glide Magazine ^ | November 22nd, 2017 | by Shawn Donohue

Posted on 11/22/2017 7:36:45 PM PST by Mariner

Every year at the end of November, Bob Dylan pushes pause on the Never Ending Tour to rest his bones for winter before returning to the stage in early April. Most years Dylan tries to end things in his adopted hometown of NYC around Thanksgiving (perhaps he secretly dresses as a clown to wrangle a giant balloon down Fifth Avenue) and on Monday, November, 20th Bob and his steadfast band played the first of four shows on the Upper West Side of Manhattan to wrap up their 2017.

The Beacon Theater was a nightmare to enter because of heightened security resulting in a half-full house for another legend opening the concert. Mavis Staples was a bundle of soulful energy, heartily clapping and singing with vigor throughout her forty five minute set. Opening with the Staples Singer classic “If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)” the band mixed her past with covers (a killer rendition of “For What It’s Worth”) and only a few new tunes, highlighted by the positive vibration filled “Build A Bridge”. Staples jovially chatted with the crowd between songs and gave a history lesson during the gospel send up “Freedom Highway” written by her father way back in 1962 and (unfortunately) still relevant today. A funky extended “I’ll Take You there” closed the set with crowd sing-alongs and excellent guitar work from bandleader Rick Holmstrom.

Bob Dylan and his dapper backing band (black suits with silver sparkled lapels) strolled onto the stage with little fanfare. For those who have not caught Bob on this Never Ending Tour (which started in about 1988) it can be difficult. His singing has notoriously been mixed and even when he plays songs fans may know, they usually are unrecognizable sonically. To keep things fresh

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For those who have not seen Dylan in his latter years, let me tell you he is better than ever.

He defines the Dark Americana genre. HE knows more about American music that any living musician besides Keith Richard. Together they are the encyclopedia.

Don't miss this show before he dies.

Just do it. You will not regret it.

1 posted on 11/22/2017 7:36:46 PM PST by Mariner
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“For those who have not seen Dylan in his latter years, let me tell you he is better than ever.”

Saw him in June in Providence. His band was great. And it kills me to say this, but, he sucked.


2 posted on 11/22/2017 7:45:57 PM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Mariner
Bob Dylan is quite possibly the greatest songwriter in American music history. There is almost no such thing as a bad song from Dylan and every album since his debut in 1962 is worthy of listening to. Often. Last time I saw him was at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut a couple years back and I agree that he is better than ever.

People complain about his "gravelly, unprofessional voice" but that never bothered me as his phrasing is impeccable. Even if you don't like his singing, there are thousands of excellent covers of his songs by other artists.

He had a show on Sirius/XM radio about a decade ago called "Theme Time Radio Hour" that ran for a few years in which he played some of his favorite songs. He really knows his music and has just an incredible library of music at his disposal.

Sirius/XM really needs to have a dedicated channel for him.

3 posted on 11/22/2017 7:47:08 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Stormdog

not my experience and i’m sorry it was yours


4 posted on 11/22/2017 7:48:13 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: SamAdams76

“Bob Dylan is quite possibly the greatest songwriter in American music history. “

He and Tom Petty.

Pinnacle art.


5 posted on 11/22/2017 7:50:10 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: SamAdams76

Oh, and Merle Haggard.


6 posted on 11/22/2017 7:50:46 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Mariner

Tom Petty is right up there as well.


7 posted on 11/22/2017 7:56:02 PM PST by SamAdams76
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Traveling Wilburys :)

Bob, Tom, Roy, Jeff - great tunes in the late 80's

8 posted on 11/22/2017 8:02:57 PM PST by HonkyTonkMan
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To: HonkyTonkMan

And George!!


9 posted on 11/22/2017 8:03:55 PM PST by HonkyTonkMan
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To: Mariner
"Bob Dylan is quite possibly the greatest songwriter in American music history. “

He and Tom Petty.


No, no, no, not He and Tom Petty.

I can think of no other songwriter in American music history as prolific and talented as Bob Dylan. The only one who, it seems to me, comes close is Canadian and had no where near the range and volumes of songs. Alot of talented musicians covered Dylan songs.
10 posted on 11/22/2017 8:05:54 PM PST by af_vet_1981 (The bus came by and I got on, That's when it all began.)
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To: SamAdams76

"Even if you don't like his singing, there are thousands of excellent covers of his songs by other artists."

Here is an elderly group singing a Dylan song.   (They were rather somber, as they had just lost one of their chorus members.)

       Young@Heart "Forever Young" Live At Hampshire County Jail

(Now I'd like to see them rip into, "They'll stone you when you're trying to be so good..."!)      :-)

11 posted on 11/22/2017 8:06:27 PM PST by Pray All Day
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To: Mariner

Saw him about a year and a half ago in Minneapolis. His songs were virtually unrecognizable. Then again, they’re his songs and it’s his show. He can do it any way he wants.

Still, I was disappointed.


12 posted on 11/22/2017 8:06:29 PM PST by IronJack (A)
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"World gone wrong" is one of my favorite Dylan albums. Appropo for the times, too. Saw this video the other day...great stuff.

Bob Dylan - Blood In My Eyes [YouTube video 5:08 min]

13 posted on 11/22/2017 8:08:17 PM PST by Electric Graffiti (Obama voters killed America...Treat them accordingly.)
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“Bob Dylan is quite possibly the greatest songwriter in American music history.”

Without a doubt. People throw the “G” word around too frequently but Bob is a genius.


14 posted on 11/22/2017 8:15:10 PM PST by Electric Graffiti (Obama voters killed America...Treat them accordingly.)
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To: Mariner

bttt


15 posted on 11/22/2017 8:23:38 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a Simple Manner for a Happy Life :o)
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To: Mariner

One hell of a work ethic.


16 posted on 11/22/2017 8:24:37 PM PST by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca)
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To: SamAdams76

Keep in mind he’s the composer, arranger and conductor of everything that happens here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VC6PIVYSI4

Genius.


17 posted on 11/22/2017 8:30:45 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Electric Graffiti
Another song to fit the mood of the times-It's not dark yet, but it's getting there

Bob Dylan - Not Dark Yet [YouTube video 6:26 min]

18 posted on 11/22/2017 8:34:14 PM PST by Electric Graffiti (Obama voters killed America...Treat them accordingly.)
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To: Mariner

I love Dylan and have seen him in concert.

The guy is a master, brilliant, a genius. He certainly deserved the Pulitzer!

Ed


19 posted on 11/22/2017 8:46:18 PM PST by Sir_Ed
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To: Electric Graffiti

Time Out of Mind - Live - The entire album live.

Simply a Masterpiece.


20 posted on 11/22/2017 8:46:37 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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