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  posted on 12/15/2007 at 02:45 PM
When was your first Bob Dylan concert and how was the show?

Mine was 5/8/91 Palace Theatre Albany, NY. I was front row center and was an amazing experience. Did many songs from OH MERCY that night. There was a nice acoustic mini set half way through featuring "TO RAMONA" and "MR TAMBOURINE MAN." The song
I remember the best was "WIGGLE WIGGLE" from UNDER THE RED SKY. Seen him countless times since.

 

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  posted on 12/15/2007 at 03:53 PM
Ok, I'll bite on this thread...

I've seen dylan probably over 30 times since 1997. My first show was in august of '97 in toronto at the amphitheatre. this was shortly after bob's health scare and the show was relatively short as a result. I was sitting far away and didn't really enjoy it much because I didn't 'get it'. Since it was my first show and I was new to dylan I was expecting perfect reproductions of his hits and didn't expect his off-time vocals and new arrangements. I let a year go by until I saw him again at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1998 and by that time I was prepared. I remember he played stellar versions of every grain of sand, and my back pages and from then on in I was hooked on dylan!

 





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  posted on 12/15/2007 at 04:59 PM
Madison Square Garden 1978...Bob Dylan with The Band. Talk about an anticipated concert. There were more stars in the crowd than any concert I have ever seen or heard about. It was incredible.

I was lucky enough in 1983 while driving limo's in NYC's to see him at the Lone Star Cafe.
It was Levon Helm, Bob Dylan, Rick Danko w. Shredni Volper,
One person from the group I was driving got sick and went back to the Hotel room...I happened to be able to supply them with some weed before the show, so they offered me the ticket. I got to see Dylan, and was getting paid at the same time.
The Lone Star is a tiny place, so Dylan was Right There!
Those were the only 2 times I have seen him perform


 

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  posted on 12/15/2007 at 05:28 PM
1974 @MSG with The Band--a great evening--check out the album if you like--Before The Flood!!!(Vinny--wasn't your show 1974 too--i think The Band were split by 78??!!)....& Vinny--i was lucky enough to see that Lone Star show too!!! Sredni was my neighbor for many years up in Woodstock--a fine harp player!!

[Edited on 12/15/2007 by dadof2]

 

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  posted on 12/15/2007 at 05:37 PM
i was a huge dylan fan in the mid 60s...worked as a stagehand during the aborted TV taping in Clearwater FL (Belleview Biltmore) during the Rolling Thunder tour.

It was durng those performances I lost respect for him as a live performer. nothing live I've heard since has changed that.

still love Highway 61 and Blonde on Blonde. Enjoyed Masked amd Anonymous and would love to see Renaldo and Clara.

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  posted on 12/15/2007 at 05:40 PM
aiq--i saw Renaldo & Clara when it came out--been searching since-- if you or anyone knows where to find this movie,please tell me--would be appreciated!
 





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  posted on 12/15/2007 at 05:42 PM
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1974 @MSG with The Band--a great evening--check out the album if you like--Before The Flood!!!(Vinny--wasn't your show 1974 too--i think The Band were split by 78??!!)....& Vinny--i was lucky enough to see that Lone Star show too!!! Sredni was my neighbor for many years up in Woodstock--a fine harp player!!

[Edited on 12/15/2007 by dadof2]
Effie..I'm mixing up The Last Waltz with the Garden show..huh?
but you are correct Sir!

Yeah..that Lone Star show was quite a treat....

 

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  posted on 12/15/2007 at 05:59 PM
The tour with the Band that Rock of Ages came out of. I think it was 71 0r was it 72? At the Academy Of Music in NYC. I think we weet on the 30th of December.

Oppps just had a senior moment...

The Concert for Bangledesh at MSG, August 1971.

[Edited on 12/15/2007 by dutchoneill]

 

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  posted on 12/15/2007 at 06:22 PM
I saw Bob Dylan on the 5th day of May.....1980

Syracuse Landmark Theater

I have seen him countless times since and will continue as long as he keeps playing. I hope to bring my son Dylan to one of his shows when he is a little older.

Front row for the Syracuse show, in the middle of the Slow Train Coming tour.

 

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  posted on 12/15/2007 at 07:08 PM
Bob Dylan & The Band
2/13-2/14/1974 The Forum, Inglewood, CA
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  posted on 12/15/2007 at 07:40 PM
My Spanish teacher saw him live,,,, she said he was horrible.

 

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  posted on 12/15/2007 at 08:24 PM
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aiq--i saw Renaldo & Clara when it came out--been searching since-- if you or anyone knows where to find this movie,please tell me--would be appreciated!



Hey Man !

Give this place a try:
http://dvdylan.com/get/D003

or this

http://cgi.ebay.com/RENALDO-AND-CLARA-DVD-BOB-DYLAN-JOAN-BAEZ_W0QQitemZ1701 78945144QQihZ007QQcategoryZ617QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

[Edited on 12/16/2007 by OldDirtRoad]

 

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  posted on 12/16/2007 at 02:26 AM
Probably around 1985 or so, Holmdel NJ (Garden State Arts Center.)

Anyway, I remember “rushing” the stage for the final numbers, and leaning on the stage about 10 feet from Bob watching him sing “Rolling Stone” and thinking “This is IT. I can’t get any closer to Rock and Roll greatness than I am right now.”

I’ve seen him maybe 10 times since.

I can’t say I’ve ever really been blown away by any of the concerts, but I always leave satisfied.

Best show I saw was a few years ago in MSG in NYC when he played George Harrison’s “Something” for the encore, and really crooned on the first two verses.

 

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  posted on 12/16/2007 at 02:41 AM
1995 Electric Factory Philadelphia PA
Sound was horrible....BD wasn't much better. He did a few encores which included Rainy Day Women....Each time he walked out to encore he was a bit more unsteady..appeared to be pretty more than ripped. Haven't had any desire to check him out since.

 

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  posted on 12/16/2007 at 08:36 AM
I seen him in Nashville one year on Buddy Holly's birthday and he played a couple of Buddy's songs. His band was really good but I've never been a fan of his singing. I really went to the concert to see the opening band "The Brian Setzer Orchestra" but I did enjoy Dylan's show more than I thought I would.
 

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  posted on 12/16/2007 at 09:56 AM
thanks Ole Dirt--appreciated!!
 

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  posted on 12/16/2007 at 10:30 AM
yes, thanks for the links, Kenny.

 

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  posted on 12/16/2007 at 11:04 AM
Rolling Thunder Review, opening night in 1975, Plymouth, MA..They were hading out flyers at my High School. Rushed home to gt the car to go to McDonald's to get my paycheck, cash it, and get tix. Row 15, floor, Joan Baez, etx. Wonderful. Bought the CD when it came out.
 

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  posted on 12/16/2007 at 03:52 PM
My first Dylan concert was also @ the Palace Theatre,Albany,NY; different year,though. It was in 1980, on the Slow Train Coming Tour.
My family & I had recently moved; so I think the show was in April or May (1980).

 

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  posted on 12/16/2007 at 06:37 PM
1/21/74 with The Band at the OMNI in ATL

 

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  posted on 12/16/2007 at 06:47 PM
Though I'd liked Dylan (alot) since the mid-70's, my first show was around 88 at Chastain Park, Atlanta. I was underwhelmed. It seemed as though Bob was put out to be performing at the time. It was likely partly a function of his rare persona, never acknowledging the audience. No complaints, this is a man that I would have forever regretted not seeing if I had not gone. Might not have ever gone again, except he was playing at the Music Midtown fest in 95, I think. What a difference; Bob rocked! Bob played Alabama Getaway. He just seemed especially into it. I've seen him twice more, in 06 and 07 and I would regret passing on any more. Bob's like a cat; accept him on his own terms, and it can be a great relationship.

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  posted on 12/17/2007 at 10:16 AM
Dylan & The Band January 1974 at Maple Leaf Gardens,8 rows from front ,dead centre with tix bought in the old lottery mail format from back in the day...

 

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  posted on 12/17/2007 at 11:48 AM
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My Spanish teacher saw him live,,,, she said he was horrible.
Belleza está en el ojo del observador (o el oyente).

Can't remember for sure my 1st time (about 25 Dylan shows so far). Sometime in the 70's. I try to see him every time he comes around on his never-ending tour because each concert is different and although I've had one disappointing show it's never been boring (and 1 out of 25 is pretty good odds, I think ). He's on my list of favorite song-writers ... one of the premier storytellers and voices of my generation.

[Edited on 12/17/2007 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 12/17/2007 at 12:05 PM
I have seen Bob a few times and I always seem to get those bad nights. Maybe. Either that or the nights some think are amazing are still bad to me.

On at least three occasions, you couldn't even tell what he was singing. Just a slur of words that had people looking around confused. At one show it was obvious that he didn't even know some of the lyrics and would just mumble when he was lost.

Another show was fairly decent and I enjoyed myself and thought maybe I misjudged. I went the next tour and it was the worst show yet. Very short and Bob was just making lyrics up on the spot. People were pissed.

Then I saw this year and people loved it but to me it was mediocre at best. Guess it just isn't my thing or I have bad luck with those "bad" shows.

 

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  posted on 12/18/2007 at 08:54 AM
1974 with the Band in Ann Arbor, Michigan. My second "big" concert (after the ABB there a couple years earlier). I was only 16 or so and didn't get the whole Dylan mystique yet but it was a great show. I remember he started with "Maybe You'll Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine) AND encored with it as well!

In the years since, I've seen Bob brilliant and gut-wrenchigly bad.

 
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