Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler finished their 33 concert tour of North American earlier tonight at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. While there were no surprises, for the first time this autumn Dylan played a 16 song set, instead of the usual 15.
1. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
2. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Knopfler on guitar)
3. Things Have Changed (Knopfler on guitar)
4. Tangled Up In Blue (Knopfler on guitar)
5. Early Roman Kings
6. Chimes Of Freedom
7. The Levee's Gonna Break
8. Visions Of Johanna
9. Highway 61 Revisited
10. Soon After Midnight
11. Thunder On The Mountain
12. Forgetful Heart
13. Ballad Of A Thin Man
14. Like A Rolling Stone
15. All Along The Watchtower //
16. Blowin' In The Wind
For the second night in a row, Dylan played "Soon After Midnight." Sadly, there was no Dylan/Knopfler duet to end the tour, as was the case last year in London, exactly one year ago tonight.
Observations on D.C. in no particular order:
- Having Knopfler onstage seems to really invigorate Bob - Wish Mark had stayed for the whole show; the room really liked his set.
- I had a great seat in D.C. & really got to watch Bob's hands at the grand piano. It was the best possible way to watch him; his playing is great fun & often quite lovely. Having him seated for most of the show takes away a fair bit of energy at times. When Bob stood up at the keys during "Thunder," the crowd loved it.
- Great to hear "Soon After Midnight" in its live debut. I once got to hear the live premiere of "Things Have Changed" and it really is exciting to witness something like this.
- When Charlie Sexton re-joined the band in '09 it was great fun to see all the flair he brought to every concert. Tonight was more subdued and I missed watching him show off.
- The songs where Bob sings downstage at the mic continue to be pretty dazzling. This was by far the best "Ballad of a Thin Man" I've seen. I loved when he began performing it this way in '09 but it's evolved into something demonically beautiful.
- There was once a period where I thought Bob should give "Watchtower" a break; I'll won't say that again. Bob's interplay with his band from behind the grand piano made this the best live "Watchtower" I've seen.
- Every show without that drawn-out 'poet laureate' introduction is a gift for the ears. Stu's solo acoustic guitar opening was elegant & gorgeously evocative of "Blood on the Tracks." Watching Bob enter the stage without the hat on his head gave a brief sense of hope he might have forgotten it.
- The usual walkouts; those expecting the live greatest-hits jukebox weren't destined to enjoy this. Bob's enunciation was quite good for most of the show.
- Bob was having a blast onstage during "Things Have Changed" and adding some hilarious asides. After singing "The next 60 seconds could be like an eternity" he threw in "that's a long time!" Listen to it when you can.
- I'm not much of a critic, Harold, but bootlegs don't do these appearances justice. He keeps having the kind of moments that make one really glad to follow what he does. Can't wait for Brooklyn tonight....
Thanks, John! Fuglesang can be followed on Twitter (@JohnFugelsang), as well as on his "Caffinated" series on You Tube. He just finished seeing Dylan again tonight in Brooklyn. During the show, he tweeted, "Bob's not wearing a hat."
North American Fall Tour with Mark Knopfler and his band:
- 5 October 2012, Winnipeg, Manitoba - MTS Centre. Capacity 16,345.
- 6 October 2012, Regina, Saskatchewan - Brandt Centre. Capacity 6136.
- 8 October 2012, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Credit Union Centre. Capacity 7800.
- 9 October 2012, Edmonton, Alberta - Rexall Place. Capacity 16,839.
- 10 October 2012, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta. Capacity17,000.
- 12 October 2012, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Capacity 18,650.
- 13 October 2012, Key Arena, Seattle, Washington. Capacity 16,641.
- 15 October 2012, Rose Garden Arena, Portland, Oregon. Capacity 19,800.
- 17 October 2012, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California. Capacity 7,000.
- 18 October 2012, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California. Capacity 7,000.
- 19 October 2012, Greek Theatre, Berkeley, California. Capacity 8,500.
- 20 October 2012, Power Balance Pavilion, Sacramento, California. Capacity 17,317.
- 22 October 2012, Santa Barbara County Bowl, Santa Barbara, California. Capacity 4,562.
- 24 October 2012, Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, California. Capacity 16,100.
- 26 October 2012, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, Capacity 17,376.
- 27 October 2012, Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. Capacity 12,000.
- 29 October 2012, 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, Colorado. Capacity 6,500.
- 30 October 2012, 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, Colorado. Capacity 6,500.
- 1 November 2012, Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, Texas. Capacity 6,824.
- 2 November 2012, BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Capacity 13,644.
- 3 November 2012, CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska. Capacity 18,300.
- 5 November 2012, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin. Capacity 10,200.
- 7 November 2012, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota. Capacity 18,064.
- 8 November 2012, BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Capacity 20,000.
- 9 November 2012, United Center, Chicago, Illinois. Capacity 23,500.
- 12 November 2012, Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Capacity 10,834.
- 13 November 2012, Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan. Capacity 5,000.
- 14 November 2012, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario. Capacity 15,800.
- 16 November 2012, Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec. Capacity 15,000.
- 18 November 2012, TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts. Capacity 19,600.
- 19 November 2012, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Capacity 21,660.
- 20 November 2012, DC - Verizon Center, Washington. Capacity 20,282.
- 21 November 2012, Barclay's Center, Brooklyn, New York. Capacity 19,000.
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