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Friday, December 05, 2008


The Edinburgh Playhouse is going on sale today. John Baldwin's Desolation Row Information Service says the Playhouse was apparently "forced into it by the announcement... All seated; best tickets are £50."


Anonymous McHenry Boatride said...

That's the only UK venue that looks small enough to be worth going to, but it's just a little too far from the south coast.

2:04 pm  
Blogger Michael Gray said...

Yes, but please Mr. McHenry, Mr. McHenry please, not everyone lives on the south coast. And it's possible to live in the north of Scotland (not easy, but possible) and to consider Edinburgh just a little bit too far south...

7:32 pm  
Blogger joe butler said...

It's encouraging to see bob has included a smaller british venue this time.I guess he has to balance a lot of factors, whether money is the only consideration I dont know. His touring schedule, on any scale must be gruelling. he has said I think that his feeling is that he has all these songs and he wants to use them. When a retropective view kicks in, perhaps in fifty years time the Never Ending Tour will be seen as a remarkable artistic and phyical achievment.

11:18 am  
Blogger Michael Gray said...

I don't agree, Joe. Dylan plays far fewer concerts a year than B.B.King, who is a much older man but just doesn't happen to have his labelled as a Never-Ending Tour - and in any case, is it really a more "remarkable physical achievement" than that of anyone who spends their working life in, say, a steel mill, or a coal mine, or an oil rig, or cleaning the lavatories in a hospital? And if Dylan really feels that he "has all these songs and he wants to use them", why does he incessantly revisit the same tiny minority of them and never "use" his several hundred others?

And come to that, why does he revisit the same old places - even the same old venues - over and over again, and yet never take these tour legs to anywhere at all in India or Africa?

I think the Never-Ending Tour was a remarkable creation, but so was the Rolling Thunder Revue, the 1978 so-called World Tour, and the 1966 tour. And those didn't outstay their artistic welcome.

2:59 pm  
Blogger joe butler said...

Point taken, Michael about limited set lists, but is BB King an appropriate comparison with dylan,yes both are veteran musicians but King dosn't share the weight of expectation Dylan does. To my knowledge no one has written a King Encyclopedia.
I too would love to see Bob play an acoustic set at Symphony Hall but he would need to play 5 nights and charge £? for seats to match one night's audience at the NIA.
I too beleive that the efforts of millions who work as hard as Dylan go unnoticed in our celebrity obsessed culture, nonethless his acheivement is remarkable, say compared to a Jagger or Mcartney.
lastly we have very few coal mines or steel mills in Britain the last time I looked.
ps love the encylclopedia hope someone buys me a copy for Christmas joe

9:50 am  
Anonymous McHenry Boatride said...

Clearly I should have appended "for me" to my comment. I just naturally assume that people realize I'm only talking for myself, not trying to be a spokesman for my generation.

10:56 pm  
Blogger Michael Gray said...

Hmm... denying that you're a spokesman for a generation. Now where have I heard that before...?

12:11 am  

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