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Prognosticatin' Bob Dylan rewards Minnesota crowd with second 'Tempest' premiere

"I can drink like a fish/I can crawl like a snake/I can bite like a turkey/I can slam like a drake," "Please, Mrs. Henry" by Bob Dylan, Copyright © 1967 by Dwarf Music; renewed 1995 by Dwarf Music

Dylan's Facebook post
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"If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck," The Duck Test

On Monday night in Madison, Wisconsin, Bob Dylan commented on Tuesday's presidential race, then had the following posted on his Facebook page on Election Day:

Here's pretty close to what I said last night in Madison. I said from the stage that we had to play better than good tonight, that the president was here today and he’s a hard act to follow. Also, that we’re not fooled by the media and we think it’s going to be a landslide. That’s pretty much all of it. - Bob Dylan

As always, some people heard just what they wanted to hear, and disregarded the rest. While it appeared to be a prediction of an Obama landslide, Romney supporters claimed Dylan was saying their candidate would emerge victorious. My guess is Dylan reads Nate Silver in the New York Times.

It reminded me of when Dylan's "Rollin' and Tumbin'" from "Modern Times" was released. It sounded like the famous take by Muddy Waters, but fans with too much time on their hands pointed out it was done earlier by Hambone Willie Newbern as "Roll and Tumble Blues." Later, if I remember correctly, it was revealed Dylan had his band listen to the original Waters side to get the feel for the new version.

The exciting news about last night's gig was Dylan, 23 concerts into his autumn tour with Mark Knopfler, has finally played the second song from "Tempest" live in concert. The show, which took place in his original home state of Minnesota, featured the song "Early Roman Kings" after a three song cameo from Knopfler. The only other song from Dylan's latest studio release that has been performed so far was "Scarlet Town" on openng night, back on October 5.

Last night's set lists, courtesy A Mark In Time and Dylan's offiicial site:

Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota: November 7, 2012

Mark Knopfler:

1. What It Is
2. Corned Beef City
3. Privateering
4. Yon Two Crows
5. I Used to Could
6. Song for Sonny Liston
7. Done With Bonaparte
8. Hill Farmer Blues
9. Brothers In Arms
10. Marbletown
11. So Far Away

Bob Dylan:

  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. Early Roman Kings
  6. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
  7. Summer Days
  8. Blind Willie McTell
  9. Highway 61 Revisited
  10. Spirit On The Water
  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

Besides the world premiere of "Early Roman Kings," last night's gig featured the second "Don't Think Twice" (both with Knopfler), "Blind Willie McTell," and "Spirit On The Water," the fourth "Summer Days," the fifth "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight," and the seventh "Hard Rain," on this leg of the tour.

"Tempest" songs, Knopfler guest spots, Dylan talkin'. Things should start to get interestin' right about now.

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