Saturday, May 2, 2009
Bob Dylan in Liverpool
Typically Bob Dylan gives no sign that he is aware of where he is playing - no "Hello Liverpool!" or "It's good to be in Dublin" but that doesn't mean he isn't aware. I saw him play the 11,000 seater Echo Arena in Liverpool last night. Chatting with the people on either side of me before the concert I wondered if Bob would play anything for George Harrison, this presumably being Bob's first concert in Liverpool since George's death in 2001. I speculated that My Sweet Lord might fit the bill. They doubted. But at number 12 in the 17 song setlist Bob delighted the audience by singing George's Something - one of the high points of the concert.
Other highpoints in what was a very lively Dylan performance were the second song Don't Think Twice, Po Boy and It's All Right Ma. He finished with a non-anthemic version of Blowin in the Wind. He only took up the guitar once for - Boots of Spanish Leather, played keyboards for the rest with a lot of harmonica thrown in. Nothing from his latest album. No talk except band introductions. Full setlist here.
He moves on to Scotland and then to Dublin on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Something special for Dublin? Probably not but what about the first live performance of I Feel A Change Comin' On from the new album with the "I'm reading James Joyce" line?