Bob Dylan continues to confound expectations at London Palladium with another mysterious mesmerising performance.
Bob Dylan the 75-year-old Nobel Prize winner crouched bent-kneed at the piano. Which he does not play particularly well, or rambled about the stage to find his way out.
On the first of three nights in the venerable West End theatre, it was impossible to take your eyes off the old man in the white homburg.His songs bear only the scantest resemblance in performance to the celebrated recordings.
As he crooned and croaked, recited and gargled a wayward path through his extraordinary back catalogue. Playng off wonky piano solos and throwing poses.
SET LIST at the bottom page
Last Dylan released of album of original material, Tempest, five years ago. He is evidently and justly proud of it, as it provides almost a quarter of the material in this show. Since then he has issued three albums of American popular standards, six of which tunes feature tonight.
Dylan really is the most inscrutable performer in the whole world of popular music. On one level, he just turns up and plays his songs, and that is what troubadours have been doing since time immemorial.
As usual, he is no respecter of his catalogue.No respecter of nostalgia for it. The sound he makes with his five-man backing group flits across locations and eras – Nashville, New Orleans, Texas; the 40s to the 80s. Nearly two hours later, he will close with a thumping Ballad of a Thin Man. Also a truncated Tangled Up in Blue, he playfully switched up classic lines.
Despite some crooner-style old standards from the ‘Great American Songbook’, Bob Dylan confounded expectations with renditions of his old classics. Including ‘Desolation Row’ and ‘Blowing in the Wind’ .
Set List https://www.bobdylan.com/on-tour/
Things Have Changed
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Highway 61 Revisited
Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
Why Try To Change Me Now
Pay In Blood
Tangled Up In Blue
Early Roman Kings
Spirit On The Water
All Or Nothing At All
Soon After Midnight
That Old Black Magic
Long And Wasted Years
Blowin’ In The Wind
Ballad Of A Thin Man
Charlie Sexton (lead guitar)
Donnie Herron – (pedal steel, violin)
Tony Garnier (bass)
George Recile (drums)
Stu Kimball (rhythm guitar)