Dylan road trip

Since so many of my readers (namely Marc and Dan) have asked for a report on the Bob Dylan concert that I previously mentioned I’d be going to, here goes …

In a nutshell, it was a great concert if little things like not being able to make out any of the words don’t bother you. That and the fact that our seats were to the side of the stage that Dylan was facing away from.  And that he didn’t do any songs from Blood On The Tracks or his Christian albums.

With those complaints out of the way, it was a great concert.  And a great road trip generally.  The decision to have all eight of us pack into Marv’s Suburban worked out really well.  It wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun without all of us being able to interact.

Here is a photo I took when we stopped at Davidson on the way to Regina.

(Ray, Luke, Abraham, Charlotte, Rachel, Derek, Marv, Phil – cleverly inserted in from another photo taken by Abraham)

Dylan was looking gaunt and decrepit, but I thought that he and his band rocked out really well, apart from the unintelligible lyrics.   Since I haven’t followed Dylan’s career really closely I didn’t recognize all the songs.  In fact even with familiar songs sometimes he’d be halfway through before I recognized it.

So was I disappointed?  No way.  This was Dylan, and he didn’t need to pander to me or anyone else.

A review in the Regina Leader-Post gives a complete set list.  Read it here.  It’s interesting that a lot of the people commenting have only negative things to say about the concert.  Unlike my nephew Derek who described the experience as “almost spiritual”.

Apart from the concert, we had a nice visit with Carmen and Jared and their children Dylann and Kade.  Jared cooked us a full turkey supper, just like a second Thanksgiving.  Unfortunately I’d packed my camera away and didn’t take any pictures.

Of course having Ray along provided a lot of laughs.

It was just a really fun trip.  Thanks to Derek and Charlotte for suggesting it.

7 Responses to “Dylan road trip”

  1. Marc says:

    Hooray for road trips!

    Probably one reason that many of the songs sounded unfamiliar was that 50% or more of the setlist were songs from his 3 most recent albums.

    If I’d known about this concert earlier, I’d have made more effort to go myself. That said, I’m not sure Dixie would have allowed it, considering I made no effort for us to go and see Bruce Cockburn in Edmonton in October. :)

  2. Mr. C.C. says:

    Well Phil, I would have awesome to see Bob Dylan in concert, but alas I didn’t. It would have been great if he would have played “Serve Somebody.” That is a great song.

  3. Dan Loseth says:

    I probably wouldn’t have thought anything of the unintelligible lyrics, thats the way my bad ears hear most music.
    I see your levitating in the photo, you were either excited to be going, or the picture was taken on the trip home, and Derek wasn’t the only one who felt the “spiritual” effect of the concert.

  4. Phil L says:

    Yes I was levitating from excitement on the trip there.

    That’s what Charlotte was laughing about.

  5. Marc says:

    That’s a great photoshopping of that photo. I wouldn’t have noticed it if you hadn’t said anything.

  6. Randall says:

    so so cool.

    I’m glad you guys could go.

    I think I’d levitate too if it was me.

  7. Roger Loseth says:

    Phil was peaking on lsd this is the reason for levitation. way to go guys