October 18, 2014
Review by Steve Rostkoski
The crowd was more restless this evening and security pounced on anyone
even thinking of taking out their cell phone. Even though I don't think
people should be using their phones during concerts, it was annoying to
have audience members and security walking back and forth in front of me
all night. Despite the tight security, I decided to run down to the front
of the stage during the "Blowin' in the Wind" encore. Nobody stopped me,
so I ended up about ten feet away from Dylan as he was at the piano. I've
never had the opportunity to get so close at a Dylan show, so this was a
nice little bonus.
I was amazed at how dim the onstage lighting was. Even close up, it was
still somewhat difficult to see the onstage action in any detail (and not
just because I wasn't wearing my glasses). The current lighting setup is a
stripped down version of what I saw in 2012. Old-time theatrical
spotlights on stands bathe the stage in a warm yellow glow, but even the
addition of four large spots suspended above the stage don't seem to
provide any extra illumination. Maybe Dylan's lighting will eventually be
pared down to a single bare lightbulb.
Will the third night be the wild card? I doubt it, but we'll see.
Review by Doug Wilber
It was exactly the same song list as the night before, but the guy sitting
next to me who had been to both shows said Saturday was looser and Bob
and the band were more engaged. As the local press said, one pays just
for the privilege to be in the same room as Bob Dylan, and then you take
yer chances. We lucked out, as is often the case.
Comments about the dim stage lighting are valid, but might miss the point.
They were no big spotlights from the back of the hall, the colors on stage
were mostly black and gold, subtle and subdued, but the separation between
the stage and the audience was considerably less than usual. I sat near the
rear on the main floor, and with occasional use of binoculars, I could see
what I wanted. Dylan and the band seemed like they were in the same room
as we were. From youtube, it looks like this lighting has been around a
while. Most of the band was dressed in black; Bob was more visible in a
beige suit and classy beige fur hat.
"Long and Wasted Years" as the last song (before the encore) ended the second
set on a dramatic high point. The lighting, the music, and Dylan's delivery
of his high poetry were striking and convincing. His stagecraft is first
rate, and he's been working on it. The songlist, mostly recent 21st-century
songs with well-chosen ones from the past, all are consistent with the strong
themes in "Long and Wasted Years." It's a fine song list and a powerful show.
A few particular memories: Dylan played with the lyric of "Simple Twist of
Fate" as he has often done, and got in a killer rhyme with the title line and
"back in '58" to cheers of recognition. I hope some recordings surface with
all the good lines of this version audible. Dylan did a fine job on harp on
"Simple Twist of Fate" as well as a few other older songs: "She Belongs to
Me," "Tangled Up In Blue," and "Blowing in the WInd." Is Dylan the only one
performing songs in 3/4 and 6/8 these days? "Waiting For You" and "Soon
After Midnight" swung.
Review by Carole Kanani
Saturday night in Seattle was another unusually warm night for late October.
The crowd was a bit more raucous then Friday nights. My seat, 3rd row
center, right in front of the microphone, and I also had a good view of Bob
when he was at the piano. I was attending the concert alone and sat next
to a really sweet lady who had flown in from Alaska for the show.
Again, the gong sounded at 8pm and the band strode out, we in the front
section stood up and applauded as Bob appeared in his signature hat. We
remained standing throughout Things Have Changed.
I love the dim lighting, each song was accompanied with lighting that suited
the mood of the song. The light on the curtains for Simply Twist of Fate
looked like a shower of falling stars.
There was a real shift in tonights performance from last night. From the
moment Things of Changed began to the end and it can only be described
as force. The music was infused with a powerful force, each song seemed
to reach out and grab me by the soul! She Belongs To Me was absolutely
mesmerizing followed by Beyond Here Lies Nothin' with Bob playing at the
grand piano "Oh I Love You Pretty BABY"! Waiting For You is a song I am
not real familiar with, it was a swinging waltz of beauty! Songs like Simple
Twist of Fate and Forgetful Heart done so tenderly, the harp laying bringing
tears to one's heart - and yet there it was that powerful force present also.
Soon After Midnight was another favorite tonight, again as Bob sang it like
he meant every word of it! Bob would drift from the mic to the piano, little
dances and his nods to the audience after each song. Love Sick would have
knocked my socks off if I had been wearing any. Another night with Bob I
will treasure always!
Lummi Island, Washington
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