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Bob Dylan debuts another 'Tempest' song in Detroit; more on Chicago blues song

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Bob Dylan rewarded the audience at tonight's downsized show at the Fox Theatre in Detroit by debuting the third song ever to be played from "Tempest" in concert. At the October 5 opening night show, Dylan played "Scarlet Town," then waited until November 7 to follow that up with "Early Roman Kings." Tonight, those in attendance were the first to hear "Pay In Blood" performed live.

Below are the set lists for Dylan's last two concerts, courtesy Bob Links and Dylan's official site. As is now the custom, support act Mark Knopfler played guitar from the second through the fifth songs on both nights:

Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan: November 12, 2012

  1. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
  2. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (Knopfler on guitar)
  3. Things Have Changed (Knopfler on guitar)
  4. Tangled Up In Blue (Knopfler on guitar)
  5. Rollin' and Tumblin' (Knopfler on guitar)
  6. Visions Of Johanna
  7. High Water (For Charley Patton)
  8. Spirit On The Water
  9. Highway 61 Revisited
  10. Mississippi
  11. Thunder On The Mountain
  12. Ballad Of A Thin Man
  13. Like A Rolling Stone
  14. All Along The Watchtower //
  15. Blowin' In The Wind

Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan: November 13, 2012

1. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
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. Beyond Here Lies Nothin' (Mark Knopfler on guitar)
6. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
7. Pay In Blood
8. Love Sick
9. Highway 61 Revisited
10. Mississippi
11. Thunder On The Mountain
12. Ballad Of A Thin Man
13. Like A Rolling Stone
14. All Along The Watchtower //
15. Blowin' In The Wind

While Dylan's tour rolls on, the mystery of the unidentified blues instrumental that began his November 9 show in Chicago has deepened. The audio has been made available to those who know where to look (and listen). While I have no special inside information, it feels Dylan told the band he was going to be playing some Chicago blues on guitar, and his musicians dutifully replicated riffs found in "Sweet Home Chicago" and "Dust My Broom." However, the "Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35" scenario also makes sense, considering the outcome of certain new laws passed in last week's election. (Thanks for Bob Dylan's Music for sharing the audio.)

In addition, the audio of Dylan's November 5 comments on President Obama, and his prediction of a landslide victory, can also be found, if you look hard enough. (Thanks, Sonny Boy McFitzson.)

Still to come in November:

  • 14: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Capacity 15,800
  • 16: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Capacity 15,000
  • 18: TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, Capacity 19,600
  • 19: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Capacity 21,660
  • 20: DC - Verizon Center, Washington, Capacity 20,282
  • 21: Barclay's Center, Brooklyn, New York, Capacity 19,000

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