A Stream Of Love And Respect For Iconic Songsmith And Storyteller BOB DYLAN In Brussels

18 October 2022

BOB DYLAN – 15 Otcober 2022 – Vorst Nationaal, Brussels

A truly unique experience. Why?

1. From his very first vocal on, I knew this would be a GREAT Dylan night (I had
a BAD vocal Dylan experience the last time I saw him in 2015). Self-assured, clear,
and magnetic. We, fans, know that the tone and timbre of his voice have changed,
hoarser and rawer than before, but still so overwhelming.

2. He played the piano all the way throughout the concert. Stylish at times, boogie-woogie at times, melancholic and romantic at times, but always compelling. He sat down behind the piano for the instrumental parts and stood up when he sang, through the microphone on top of the piano, so we could see his head popping up.

3. What a band. Jazzy, bluesy, rock-y, lazy, sentimentally. Whatever
the vibe of the songs was, these guys created a solid gold sound.
Marvelous.

4. Dylan played his last album Rough And Rowdy Ways, released in 2020, in full,
except for the epic 20-minute Murder Most Foul story about the President Kennedy assassination in 1963. One of his best longplayers of the past 25 years, moody and
moony with sepia-colored sonority. Not safety first option with a setlist full of hits,
which he played unrecognizably anyway. Wonderful.

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5. No arty farty light show. Just some big unchanging shadowy spots, making me feel
like I was in a small smoky bar. Imagine this feel in… a 6000-cap venue. Magnific.

6. It was, as expected and announced, a cell phone-free and seated concert. It created a truly relaxing atmosphere without being surrounded or distressed by all those tiny lights. Can’t remember anymore when I had such a tranquil live experience.

7. The euphoric reaction of the crowd after each and every song and the 10-minute-long standing ovation at the end was heartwarming. So much love and respect for the greatest singer-songwriter ever in my book. Soul-stirring sentiments were all over the place.

8. Dylan’s convincingly sincere ‘thank you everybody‘ reaction
and introduction of the band before the finale surprised
many of us, therefore it felt blissful.

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. His one and only harmonica fragment came at the end of the
very last song Every Grain Of Sand and got an explosive reception.

10. At 81 Bob Dylan still is a supreme performer and entertainer.

Hail hail! Thank you, Mister Zimmerman.

SETLIST

1. Watching the River Flow
2. Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine
3. I Contain Multitudes
4. False Prophet
5. When I Paint My Masterpiece
6. Black Rider
7. My Own Version of You
8. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
9. Crossing the Rubicon
10. To Be Alone With You
11. Key West (Philosopher Pirate)
12. Gotta Serve Somebody
13. I’ve Made Up My Mind to Give Myself to You
14. That Old Black Magic
(Johnny Mercer cover)
15. Mother of Muses
16. Goodbye Jimmy Reed
17. Every Grain of Sand

To end my series of impressive impressions
I want to see/hear this for the umpteenth time.

Fantastic artist
Fantastic song.
Fantastic video

BOB DYLAN: Website

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The best longplayers so far in this science-fiction-like 2020. Ten cracking records that kept Turn Up The Volume safe at home, camping next to his vibrating speakers. Let’s roll…

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Live for today, plan for tomorrow but go gaga right now, right here to this sweaty slick…

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‘Dead Lips’ by DEAD LIPS (Los Angeles / Oklahoma, US)

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‘Bejahung’ by ELEFANT (Ghost Town, Belgium)

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‘Self-Surgery’ by MRS. PISS (US)

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‘Every Bad’ by PORRIDGE RADIO (Brighton, UK)

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‘Epidemic’ by UNRULY GIRLS (Italy)

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‘The Doctrine Of Infinite Kindness’ by THE MIGHTY ORCHID KING (St. Albans, UK)

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‘Trust No One’ by IZZY AND THE BLACK TREES (Poland)

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‘Five Things’ by SMALLTOWN TIGERS (Pisa, Italy)

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‘Rough And Rowdy Ways’ by Bob Dylan (US)

What can I say? Best singer/songwriter/poet/storyteller of all time (in my big book).

Stream here…

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Also thumbs up for…

‘925’ by SORRY  
‘Container’ by THE WANTS
‘Exquisite’ by MEKONS 
The New Abnormal by THE STROKES
‘England Is A Garden’ by CORNERSHOP 
‘Type II’ by SEX SWING

Have a great summer, music junkies

Growing Old In Grand Style – ‘ROUGH AND ROWDY WAYS’ By BOB DYLAN

23 June 2020

Artist: Bob Dylan 
Album: Rough And Rowdy Ways 
Released: 19 June 2020 – his 39th (!) studio album

Pitchfork writes: “Six decades into his career, Bob Dylan delivers a gorgeous and meticulous record. It is the rare Dylan album that asks to be understood and comes down to meet its audience… There are no distractions; he speaks carefully, quietly, earnestly… It results in a gorgeous and meticulous record. The lyrics are striking—dense enough to inspire a curriculum, clever enough to quote like proverbs. Played by his touring band, with understated appearances from Fiona Apple and Blake Mills, the music is a ghostly presence. Its sound is threadbare and hypnotic, backed by small choirs and acoustic instruments, a sharp turn from the raucous blues reenactments of his 21st-century records.” Full review here – Score 9/10

Key phrase: Robert Zimmerman is the best singer-songwriter ever
Singles: False Prophet / Murder Most Foul (the brilliant JFK assassination saga)

– FALSE PROPHET –

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– MURDER MOST FOUL – 

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Album in full…

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BOB DYLAN: Facebook  

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Living Legend BOB DYLAN Shares Bluesy Track From His New Upcoming Album

New sonic impulses…

8 May 2020

I suppose it is a coincidence but this day back in 1911 heroic blues pioneer Robert Johnson was born. The man who died at the young age of 27 (like Kurt Cobain, Janis
Joplin, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison
) and influenced tons of artists like Bob Dylan who
released a new blues groove called FALSE PROPHET today.

The third track he shared, from his upcoming album – first in 8 years with original
songs since 2012’s ‘Tempest’ – entitled ROUGH AND ROWDY WAYS, out 19th June.

Get the blues right here…

BOB DYLAN: Facebook

 

(New Morning for Robert Zimmerman)