domingo, 1 de julio de 2012



Review by Fran Scott


Following a memorable performance at the Hop Farm in the summer of 2010, the 
Never Ending Tour rolled into deepest Kent once more to kick off a three week 
European leg.

As a gloriously sunny afternoon at this open air venue turned to a fresh evening,
Dylan's road crew wheeled a grand piano onto the centre of the stage, alongside
the Korg keyboard and the pedal steel. It transformed the show.

Two minutes before the scheduled time, Stu Kimball walked onto the stage playing 
a blues riff, followed by the band - equally attired in sharp grey suits with the 
exception of Mr Zimmerman in his customary dark suit and a grey hat. A gentle 
Leopardskin Pillbox Hat opened up proceedings, followed by It's All Over Now Baby 
Blue with Dylan on keyboard and guitar respectively.

Then came a wonderfully playful Things Have Changed with great harmonica and 
added rhetorical flourishes - "What happened? Things have changed".

Tangled up in blue was delivered centre stage with the unfurling of a flamenco 
dancer's hand, Bob was here to EXPRESS himself tonight.

Cry a While was reworked to a 12-bar blues number with stop-start theatrics from 
Dylan. Love Sick, a personal favourite followed, with Bob on the grand piano 
playing a jazz-like solo while wickedly flashing his teeth at the crowd.

Hollis Brown saw the travelling storyteller centre stage, his left hand making shapes 
as this most desolate of tales was sung with a passion.

Dylan was back to the piano for a summery rhythm & blues version of Spirit on the
Water to which he injected energy on piano and harp.

High Water felt a little flimsy, the inoffensive arrangement clashing with the singer's 
eagreness to entertain.

Back to the piano for Hard Rain, Bob sitting at 45 degrees to the keys at times as
if to better address the audience and building his singing to a passionate crescendo.
It struck me at this point how discreet Charlie Sexton had been so far. In fact, 
Dylan was dominating the show completely.

Highway 61 - such a guitar driven sonic assault in recent years was rendered 
positively jaunty by some more piano from the Jools Holland school of r&b. What 
an improvement on the keyboard!

Can't Wait was wonderfully atmospheric, its descending bassline providing the 
backdrop to a moody delivery and Thunder on the Mountain began with Dylan 
looking as if he wanted to play the keyboard but wisely opting for the piano once 
more, the song climaxing in his best work on the keys of the evening.

Ballad of a Thin Man was the excellent arrangement of recent years with the 
echo effect on the vocals and then Rolling Stone, with all of the bombast 
replaced by a gentle backing from the band again allowing the piano and vocal 
to take prominence.

After the band lined up to take the applause, there was an extended discussion
between them before an arrangement of All Along The Watchtower which was 
as close to the John Wesley Harding Version as I have heard live, Tony Garnier's 
bass at the forefront driving the song along. Dylan introduced the band midway
through the song and the concert came to its end, an hour and a half after it

The man's capacity for reinvention is astounding. A wonderful concert.

Fran Scott


En el facebook alguien ha dicho que los conciertos de Bob Dyaln atentan contra los derechos humanos. Debería haber una ley de alejamiento...para semejante tipo de afirmaciones.
Esta emoción no es fácil de ver en directo... lo que pasa es que Bob Dylan no es un hueso blando de roer...There´s a slow , a slow train coming and his name is His Bobness.La arruga es bella. Misa corta e intensa.
Quizas este vídeo fue el punto mágico de la charla de Sevilla y siempre me traerá recuerdos, ójala en Bilbao o Bayona entre en el setlist, encendámos velas.

Ayer comenzó la gira en un festival UK, este fue el setlist, corto y jondo:

Paddock Wood, England
Hop Farm Festival

June 30, 2012

1. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat (Bob on keyboard)
2. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (Bob on guitar)
3. Things Have Changed (Bob center stage with harp)
4. Tangled Up In Blue (Bob center stage with harp)
5. Cry A While (Bob center stage with harp)
6. Love Sick (Bob on grand piano)
7. Ballad Of Hollis Brown (Bob center stage with harp, Donnie on banjo)
8. Spirit On The Water (Bob on grand piano)
9. High Water (For Charley Patton)
(Bob center stage with harp, Donnie on banjo)
10. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (Bob on grand piano)
11. Highway 61 Revisited (Bob on grand piano)
12. Can't Wait (Bob on grand piano)
13. Thunder On The Mountain (Bob on grand piano)
14. Ballad Of A Thin Man (Bob center stage with harp)
15. Like A Rolling Stone (Bob on piano)
16. All Along The Watchtower (Bob on grand piano)

3 comentarios:

  1. te voy a parecer un melón de huerta, pero no controlo ese elepé. Ya estoy poniendo remedio.

    bastante triste la letra, abrazos!

  2. Se dicen muchas tonterías y en la red social facebook se llevan la palma. Con un setlist así, la diversión está casi garantizada. Apuesto que lo disfrutaréis. Saludos.

  3. Firmo un setlist como este en Bilbao, y lo firmo ya.
    Saludos Joserra!


Amo la música más que a todo.

Amo la música más que a todo.
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