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Bob Dylan storms into Poland’s ‘Rock Legend Festival,’ shakes things up

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The story so far: Beginning last fall, while touring Europe, Bob Dylan created a new concert song list model, consisting of two sets of mostly recent material, followed by a two song encore. A few songs were added and subtracted here and there, but in essence, that was the expected show.

Of course, as with all things Bob, things have been known to change without notice. For last November’s only two gigs in Rome, Italy, Dylan completely revamped the set list, concentrating on early material, before returning to the previous standard at the next performance. He mixed it up big time in Athens on June 23 of this year, and earlier tonight, at the eighth annual “Rock Legend Festival” (Festiwal Legend Rocka) in Charlotta Valley (Dolina Charlotty), Slupsk, Poland, went totally rogue again.

Tonight’s concert could have been from seven years ago, with the material no more recent than 2001’s “‘Love & Theft’” and 2006’s “Modern Times.” No intermission, nothing from “Tempest,” or even 2009's "Together Through Life." Maybe it was because the concert was promoted as a “festival,” or maybe it was playing at 10 p.m. in the 10,000 capacity “Rock Legend Festival” Amphitheater. Or maybe it was just Bob being Bob.

From TicketPro, through Google Translate, promoting the concert (unedited):

Bob Dylan - American singer, composer, lyricist and writer, born Robert Allen Zimmerman as May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota. It has Ukrainian and Lithuanian roots. He is the winner of an Academy Award, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy, has had acting experience, and for years it is mentioned among the candidates for the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Bob Dylan is a living legend of rock music. He has recorded many songs that entered the musical canon. His songs about the timeless lyrics and melodies of a make musical tastes of successive generations. His famous hit "Like a Rolling Stone" was selected by the magazine "Rolling Stone" the best song of all time. Other famous songs Dylan is even "Knockin 'on Heaven's Door", "It make you feel my love" (recently re-made ​​by Adele), "Gotta Serve Somebody" and "Things have changed."

According to TicketPro, Dylan shared the bill with violinist Anna Phoebe, while Fish (ex-Marillion) and Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull fame) also played at the two day festival. The following was posted on Phoebe's website:

BOB DYLAN SUPPORT 18 June, 2014

Very excited to announce that I will be flying out to Poland on 5th July to support Bob Dylan at the Rock Legend Festival in Poland. It will be a full band, 60 minute performance in the beautiful grounds of Dolina Charlotty. For tickets and info go to www.legendyrocka.com

Photographs from her soundcheck were posted on her Twitter account.

Below is tonight's set list, courtesy of Dylan’s site, and even his official Facebook page!

July 5, 2014: Festiwal Legend Rocka, Dolinie Charlotty, Poland

  1. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
  2. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
  3. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
  4. To Ramona
  5. The Levee's Gonna Break
  6. Shelter From The Storm
  7. Cry A While
  8. Girl From The North Country
  9. Summer Days
  10. Desolation Row
  11. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
  12. Lonesome Day Blues
  13. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
  14. Thunder On The Mountain
  15. Ballad Of A Thin Man //
  16. All Along The Watchtower
  17. Blowin' In The Wind

Any themes? Well, there's a lot of of weather elements in the lyrics and titles: Rain, storms, flooding, thunder, summer days, winds howlin' and blowin', yet nothing from "Tempest" ... Maybe he heard about Hurricane Arthur back in the old U.S.A.?

For more details on the set list, please visit Bob Links.

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