daylon wrote:That would be the gig with Knopfler. How was it? I saw them both last year, Knopfler was good but Dylan was pretty bad. His voice was terrible and the volume was far too loud. Knopfler hasn't been playing any Dire Straits songs on these tours apart from one minor song. Strange.
I only saw the end of Mark Knopfler's set. Not really being a big Dire Straits fan, I wasn't in a rush to get there. Over the years I think I've grown to like 'Sultans of Swing' more than I did when I first heard it, but I always loved 'Skate Away' even from the time it came out. Great, moody song.
When I got there Knopfler was in the middle of some low key jam, then went into 'So Far Away From Me' as his last song.
Dylan. Well, you've got to have an open mind or be one of the faithful for his shows I guess. This was my fourth time since 1994 that I've seen him live. When I saw him the first time it was a relatively small venue, Roseland Ballroom in New York City. That was a pretty memorable show for me. Aside from my first Bob sighting, we were pretty close to the stage, plus he was riding the wave of yet another 'comeback' at that time which I guess happened partly as a result of his appearance on MTVs 'Unplugged' so his performance as I recall was pretty strong. His band played pretty powerfully.
The other two times I saw him before last week, I actually left early. Was he 'bad', no just Bob and I guess I wasn't in it for the long haul. As far as the show last week, I went into it not thinking about whether it was going to be good or bad, I just figured he's getting up there in years and I may not see him again. As usual he did his old songs in different arrangements, along with some other probably more recent songs that I didn't recognize. His voice was that same combination of it's old self and gravel. But I still enjoyed the show. If nothing else it was just moody and I just happened to be in the right headspace for it. The people I went went with however who were fans and had never seen him before, well let's say that performance wasn't for them.