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Auckland 26th August review 2 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Same set-list as 24th in Brisbane, there's a (probably too) long ramble below...

1. Things Have Changed (Bob on piano)
2. It Ain't Me, Babe (Bob on piano)
3. Highway 61 Revisited (Bob on piano)
4. Simple Twist Of Fate (Bob on piano with harp)
5. Summer Days (Bob on piano) (Honky Tonk version)
6. When I Paint My Masterpiece (Bob on piano with harp)
7. Honest With Me (Bob on piano)
8. Tryin' To Get To Heaven (Bob on piano)
9. Make You Feel My Love (Bob on piano with harp)
10. Pay In Blood (Bob on piano)
11. Tangled Up In Blue (Bob on piano)
12. Early Roman Kings (Bob on piano)
13. Desolation Row (Bob on piano)
14. Love Sick (Bob center stage)
15. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Bob on piano with harp)
16. Thunder On The Mountain (Bob on piano)
17. Soon After Midnight (Bob on piano)
18. Gotta Serve Somebody (Bob on piano)

(encore)
19. Blowin' In The Wind (Bob on piano)
20. Ballad Of A Thin Man (Bob on piano with harp)

OK. Some thoughts. Firstly Spark Arena is still a crappy venue with lousy sound. It hasn't improved since last time.

Dylan hit the stage exactly on time (8pm) after Stu played his instrumental (It's "Nellie Was a Lady" from Steven Foster isn't it?).

"Things have Changed" was knackered by the sound quality (you could really only hear the piano and voice) but they sorted a lot of it before a very good "It Ain't Me Babe", mid-tempo with a lot of minor chords, nothing weird and well-controlled.

It became obvious immediately though that a really close seat might have been a disadvantage (I was in row 11 - further than it sounds - on the left). But when Bob's sitting at the piano, as he did for all the slower or mid-tempo songs, we could only see his hat. Any closer and he would have been completely invisible behind the piano. (BTW, band in red and grey, Bob with a natty white jacket.)

"Highway 61" was fine but seemed a bit of a shadow of previous jam-outs. It established a pattern for the night which was not-much-messing-around. One brief solo and wrap it up pretty much straight after the last verse.

"Simple Twist of Fate" was lovely with at least two very mellow harp breaks. I've lost track of the lyrics of this one. There may have been new ones or perhaps just variations I haven't heard before.

I'd been wanting "Duquene Whistle" but we got "Summer Days", described as "honky tonk" but I thought it was almost closer to a sort of cajun rave-up with a solid sawing fiddle throughout and George giving it a bit of swing against the straight-ahead rhythm. A song I had no desire to hear but the band were stunning and made it. Good sing too from Bob.

Just generally, from then on, I kept noticing how impressive George is - he seems to have plenty of freedom to play with the rhythms and made a lot of things really exciting with little fills and surprising rolls.

"When I Paint My Masterpiece" was fantastic. Really slow, more fine harp, great singing, a pile of new lyrics. (Or just ones I don't know? There was a line instead of the Coca-Cola one, something like "I feel like my cup is running over". And the plane ride made him "ill" which he rhymed with "hill"...)

"Honest with Me" was sharp and I like the current arrangement. Same as last tour I believe as is "Tryin' To Get To Heaven" which, while fun to hear in a different arrangement, I do believe Bob is buggering up totally. He's changed my favourite chord, is going way too fast... I reckon it's a bit awful...

Anyway, skipping ahead. Everything was well performed, good interaction in the band, everyone glued on Bob. "Tangled" was the weird new version and damn is it weird. The only part of the song unchanged chordally is the first two lines which are now played as a sort of marching boogie. The chorus resolve is to a minor chord on "Blue". It's very strange.

"Lovesick" was subtly different rhythmically and had a few new lines - it was terrific! As was a slow "Don't Think Twice" with Tony bowing, taken a-tempo until the instrumental after the third verse then finally picking up a slow country rhythm for the last verse. Very different from the European tour.

Encores were standard but "Serve Somebody" was presented as a rollicking boogie, fast and swinging and with almost every lyric after the first verse I could hear new. It was odd and unserious and didn't sound even vaguely religious despite the title line. I enjoyed it immensely.

As I did the whole show though I could help but wonder at the amount of pretty straight ahead blues 'n' boogie tunes. It seems a lot when you get:

Highway 61
Summer Days
Honest With Me
Early Roman Kings
Thunder on The Mountain
and now
Gotta Serve Somebody

But a minor quibble. Anyway, a great night that finished at exactly 10pm, 120 minutes. Wish I was going to Christchurch.
 
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Re:Auckland 26th August review 2 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
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Thanks for a really nice review, Derek. It was both informative and a pleasure to read. It's too bad that more Poolers don't acknowledge efforts like the one you made, here. Whatever happened to a simple, "Thanks a lot!" or, "Great read!"

I haven't heard all of Brisbane, yet, but I agree with you that "Summer Days" has that Cajun feel to it. There was a lot of "cross-pollination" between the Cajun stuff coming out of southwest Louisiana and honky-tonk coming out of southeast Texas (Beaumont-Port Arthur area, for example) back in the day when honky-tonk ruled (1940s & 1950s, primarily).

I did hear "Masterpiece" and "Serve Somebody" from Brisbane; Bob hit the reset button on both, IMO. Refreshing stuff. And from what I did hear, the band cooked!

"Nellie," was a song I wasn't familiar with, but having heard the version below, I'd love to hear Bob sing it some day. Maybe a '92 or '93 outtake will show up in the years to come.



Thanks again, Derek.
 
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Re:Auckland 26th August review 2 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
He wasn’t wearing a hat. I was in row 5, centre seats.
 
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Re:Auckland 26th August review 2 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Good grief! You're quite right - I've even got a pic here that my partner took. (Which I would post but I can't work out how!) I'm also wondering if I might have imagined the shirt colours. I could have sworn I saw red shirts but in the pic they look black...

Anything else I got wrong? What did you think of the show? Could you see Bob alright when he sat at the piano?
 
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Re:Auckland 26th August review 2 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Here's a (vaguely) funny thing - I just listened to the Brisbane show (thank you for that link on the Brisbane thread Warren) and it's amazing how similar it was to Auckland two nights later.

Two particular things struck me:

The "upsinging" in "To Make You Feel My Love". It was identical in Auckland so I'd put it down as a new melody rather than "upsinging".

And he messed up exactly the same line in "Highway 61" at both shows, starting the last verse instead of the "5th daughter" verse and then mumbling and fixing it by the second or third line.
 
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Re:Auckland 26th August review 2 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Derek wrote:
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Anything else I got wrong? What did you think of the show? Could you see Bob alright when he sat at the piano?


All good. I enjoyed the show very much. My quick review posted on the team page is...

Just back from the Auckland show. We had centre seats in row 5.

Bob was in fine voice and the band were very tight. A slight problem with Stu's guitar at the start but it seemed only noticeable to those on stage.

Highlight of the night for me was Don't Think Twice, It's All Right. Other standout moments were It Ain't Me, Babe and Gotta Serve Somebody.

Summer Days has never been a favourite of mine until tonight. I very much like the honky tonk version. Everything else was very enjoyable too. No low point anywhere. A very well balanced setlist with great song interpretations.

If we didn't have guests at home I'd go to the Christchurch show.


Our view when he sat down was not very good. All we could see was his hair which looked like a burst mattress.

My house guest is an old friend who is visiting New Zealand. He last saw Dylan on 15th July 1978 at Blackbushe. He said that the Auckland seats were a lot closer to the stage.
 
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