Review
Magdeburg, Germany
GETEC Arena

October 3, 2022

[Laurette Maillet],

Review by Laurette Maillet

,

Magdebourg Octobre 3rd.I changed my bus trip for a train trip.9.15am
instead of 3 am.As I have a nice private bedroom I take a change to sleep
late.Ian is traveling with me and we start an agreeable journey until the
train looses speed. We have two transfers and they are tight.We start
panicking when the screen announces a changing in our final train station.
No more the central station. We have information from nice people: we now
need to catch a metro to reconnect with the central station.We are 6
Bobcats on that train plus a Bob Dylan crew member I know under the name
of Michael. (What he's doing on that train? Mystery) So...We run and run
until we finally jump on the second train just on time. That train is
packed as it is a holiday in Germany.One hour later we run again to catch
the final train for Magdebourg. Then we can relax for two hours. Arriving
around 3 pm.I now need to find my tram to Mr Wang, my Chinese couchsurfing
host. Two trams and 20 minutes walk later....I ring at the bell. 
?? Mr Wang :)We chat about Xi JingPing and Chinese politics, munching
a snack, and I now need to pack my little bag for the Dylan show.No much
food until now but I feel alright.I know that will not be easy to find a
ticket. This is East Germany and I never had an easy way to find a
Tix.They are a lot salers but way too much expensive for a single
ticket.By 7.15 pm I agree to buy a Parkett for 40.Not the best choice
as this is again a sport arena and the floor is ...flat. meaning if I have
people in front of me I can't even see Bob. :(I chat with the young man
next to me. He is a fan and he had seen Bob many times already. Also he
knows the last album and the setlist. So he's alright :)I realized outside
that a lot of those Dylan fans don't understand.... English ????:(The man
in front of me...is also a follower from the UK and will do many shows on
that Tour. Great. So far so .The Arena is half full... maybe only
3000.We wait impatiently. The clock on the wall indicates 8. Then 8.05.
Then 8.15.pmI start worrying. And if Bob was not well????By 8.17pm the
lights dim dim....and we hear the classic music intro."Watching the river
flow" is catastrophic. The sound is bad. Slightly better by "I contain
multitudes".Bob moves painfully center stage after "False prophet" ....the
first and only time for that show.As in Flensburg all the solos on piano
are with Bob seated, disappearing behind the piano.He will say "thank you"
twice and " thank you Ladies lover" or "thank you Babies lovers" after
"I'll be your baby tonight" . The only song that will make the public
reacts.Even "the size of your coke will get you no where" has no effects
:(  :)I'm all ears for " mother of Muses" , for my good friend Bob
Russell asked me to pay attention to that song!Three quarters into the
song I see Bob holding a white object, in his right hand, in front of his
face. Then stops singing and angrily mentions a camera from the public. He
says something about singing behind the piano and abruptly pulls the mike
down, sits at the piano and finishes "Mother of Muses" totally
hidden.Woah!He stars "Good bye Jimmy Reed" seated.Then stands and shuffles
his white/cream hat on the piano (I see now this was his hat). As to use
it to hide his face.For me that ruins totally one of my favorite
songs. And I wonder about his mental health.What does he care if a
single fan takes a photo?Most of the phones are secured in those YONDER
POUCH, and I didn't see too much disturbance. A camera, the blue
light and now another camera. ???Does he try to find an excuse to be angry
and mean?Or is he truly in pain and irritable from suffering?Of all my 6
shows, so far, that was the worst.I struggled to reach the venue, forgot
to eat, pay some money for the ticket....and had to face an angry Bobby.No
fair! :(Hopefully Berlin will find him in a better mood.Three shows in the
same city should give him time to rest and relax.So I will go on with hope
and Love.Stop flashing your camera in his face!!!!Don't ruin the
shows!!!See you! 

[TOP]

Review by

,

Magdebourg Octobre 3rd.I changed my bus trip for a train trip.9.15am
instead of 3 am.As I have a nice private bedroom I take a change to sleep
late.Ian is traveling with me and we start an agreeable journey until the
train looses speed. We have two transfers and they are tight.We start
panicking when the screen announces a changing in our final train station.
No more the central station. We have information from nice people: we now
need to catch a metro to reconnect with the central station.We are 6
Bobcats on that train plus a Bob Dylan crew member I know under the name
of Michael. (What he's doing on that train? Mystery) So...We run and run
until we finally jump on the second train just on time. That train is
packed as it is a holiday in Germany.One hour later we run again to catch
the final train for Magdebourg. Then we can relax for two hours. Arriving
around 3 pm.I now need to find my tram to Mr Wang, my Chinese couchsurfing
host. Two trams and 20 minutes walk later....I ring at the bell. 
?? Mr Wang :)We chat about Xi JingPing and Chinese politics, munching
a snack, and I now need to pack my little bag for the Dylan show.No much
food until now but I feel alright.I know that will not be easy to find a
ticket. This is East Germany and I never had an easy way to find a
Tix.They are a lot salers but way too much expensive for a single
ticket.By 7.15 pm I agree to buy a Parkett for 40.Not the best choice
as this is again a sport arena and the floor is ...flat. meaning if I have
people in front of me I can't even see Bob. :(I chat with the young man
next to me. He is a fan and he had seen Bob many times already. Also he
knows the last album and the setlist. So he's alright :)I realized outside
that a lot of those Dylan fans don't understand.... English ????:(The man
in front of me...is also a follower from the UK and will do many shows on
that Tour. Great. So far so .The Arena is half full... maybe only
3000.We wait impatiently. The clock on the wall indicates 8. Then 8.05.
Then 8.15.pmI start worrying. And if Bob was not well????By 8.17pm the
lights dim dim....and we hear the classic music intro."Watching the river
flow" is catastrophic. The sound is bad. Slightly better by "I contain
multitudes".Bob moves painfully center stage after "False prophet" ....the
first and only time for that show.As in Flensburg all the solos on piano
are with Bob seated, disappearing behind the piano.He will say "thank you"
twice and " thank you Ladies lover" or "thank you Babies lovers" after
"I'll be your baby tonight" . The only song that will make the public
reacts.Even "the size of your coke will get you no where" has no effects
:(  :)I'm all ears for " mother of Muses" , for my good friend Bob
Russell asked me to pay attention to that song!Three quarters into the
song I see Bob holding a white object, in his right hand, in front of his
face. Then stops singing and angrily mentions a camera from the public. He
says something about singing behind the piano and abruptly pulls the mike
down, sits at the piano and finishes "Mother of Muses" totally
hidden.Woah!He stars "Good bye Jimmy Reed" seated.Then stands and shuffles
his white/cream hat on the piano (I see now this was his hat). As to use
it to hide his face.For me that ruins totally one of my favorite
songs. And I wonder about his mental health.What does he care if a
single fan takes a photo?Most of the phones are secured in those YONDER
POUCH, and I didn't see too much disturbance. A camera, the blue
light and now another camera. ???Does he try to find an excuse to be angry
and mean?Or is he truly in pain and irritable from suffering?Of all my 6
shows, so far, that was the worst.I struggled to reach the venue, forgot
to eat, pay some money for the ticket....and had to face an angry Bobby.No
fair! :(Hopefully Berlin will find him in a better mood.Three shows in the
same city should give him time to rest and relax.So I will go on with hope
and Love.Stop flashing your camera in his face!!!!Don't ruin the
shows!!!See you! 

[TOP]

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