Bob Dylan, Live in Birmingham, October 13th, 2010

My kids will wonder why he didn’t do “Must Be Santa.”

Last night I saw Dylan in concert. It was surreal. Incredible to be in the same room with him, the living legend, it actually had the aura of just being in the room with a working band. A working band from about 50 years ago. I suppose it is strange the thing I liked best about the night was how uneventful it was. It was just a bunch of guys playing music with cords everywhere. What added to this was how Dylan changed almost every tune, some were almost completely unrecognizable till the title of the chorus was sung. I caught about fifty percent of the lyrics.

Highlights include “Cold Irons Bound,” “Ballad of a Thin Man,” “Jolene” and “Like A Rolling Stone.” I told my wife I might have enjoyed “Jolene” the most because none of the people around us knew the new song, so they were not yelling ‘woohoo!’ drunkenly every time he got to the chorus. Low points included the lady behind me, who throughout the majority of the concert did a loud and rather annoying impression of – and I am not kidding – Speedy Gonzales. I am not kidding. We moved after a while.

I loved it. The musicianship was stellar. Dylan was great on keys, guitar and harmonica. Charlie Sexton, plating lead guitar put on a show. Bobby may be approaching 70, but it was loud, often rollicking and definitely worth the wait after all these years.

The following is the set list:

Leopard Skin Pill-Box Hat
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again
Just Like A Woman
The Levee’s Gonna Break
Tangled Up In Blue
Things Have Changed
Simple Twist of Fate
Cold Irons Bound
Workingman’s Blues
Highway 61 Revisited
Ain’t Talkin’
Thunder On the Mountain
Ballad of a Thin Man

Like A Rolling Stone