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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

DYLAN'S NEW YORK CONCERT

Dylan's New York City concert, his last and 100th of the year, began with 'Gotta Serve Somebody', delivered from centre-stage and including harmonica. It was the song's first outing for about five years; the set also included 'Tomorrow Is A Long Time', apparently played as a "country swing", and playing guitar - even a bit of lead guitar, it's claimed. So that sounds a bit special. But Rolling Stone, November 24, chose to report it like this:

"Bob Destroys New York
... Bob always saves his best for his old stomping ground, and last Friday night he absolutely destroyed shit up on 175th Street at the United Palace Theater." And later on, "the audience was awesome too".

Is this really what music criticism has descended to? And why no mention of how exceptionally beautiful, in its florid way, the 3,293 seater theatre is? (Isn't that "awesome" enough?)
For more photographs of the theatre, see here.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shouldn't it also be "stamping" ground?

-- Glenn

11:05 am  
Anonymous 1ifbyrain2ifbytrain said...

I find myself listening to Serve Somebody and Tomorrow is a Long Time back to back to back to back.

Serve Somebody growling and commanding blues, Tomorrow is a long Time soft and plaintive. Wonderful harp on Serve somebody Wonderful guitar on Tomorrow too.

Hey Columbia, put em both on a 45.

8:24 pm  

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