Friday, November 10, 2006

The Music Of Bob Dylan Show Review

For those of you that are interested here's a brief recap of the show last night from John E. Links who was kind enough to post it in the comments section earlier....

I was there last night...the show had it's ups and downs as expected...but a really solid line-up and song selection.


Spottiswoode's "Times Are A-Changin'"
Jamie Saft Trio's "Ballad of a Thin Man"
Lee Renaldo Project's rockin' "Positively 4th Street"
Warren Haynes "I Shall Be Released"
The Roots awesome mash-up version of "Masters of War" which included the Star Spangled Banner, Taps, and Hendrix's "Machine Gun"!!!
Ryan Adam's medley of "Isis" and "Love Sick" (both were great but together they went on too long)

Sadly the only real lowlight was Ramblin' Jack Elliot's inability to end "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"...Patti Smith had to walk over to him and give him a little nod to get him to pull the plug.
Then the lights just came up and it was it ended the show with no real closure.

And here's the review from

The music of Bob Dylan took center stage last night at an all-star Bob Dylan Tribute held at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. A benefit for Music for Youth, the multi-band bill featured a breadth of popular performers, who interpreted material from throughout Dylan’s storied career. While Dylan himself did not appear, an image of the Bard’s eyes remained projected above the stage throughout the two-and-a-half hour performance.

Singer/songwriter Bob Moulds opened the evening with a cover of “If Not For You,” before handing over the microphone to Joan Osborne for beautiful rendition of “Make You Feel My Love.” Throughout the night a number of performers also teamed-up unique collaborations: Natalie Merchant and Philip Glass performed a duet on “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,” Oliver Wood led Medeski, Martin and Wood through an acoustic take on “Buckets of Rain” (with John Medeski on melodica), Cyndi Lauper backed Jill Sobule on a version of “Ring Them Bells,” and Medeski played organ with Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo on “Positively 4th Street.” Longtime Patti Smith Band multi-instrumentalist Tony Shanahan and Television guitarist Tom Verlaine also made surprise appearances, supporting Patti Smith on “Dark Eyes,” (a number the folk-poet performed on tour with Bob Dylan each night on their 1996 tour). As always, Warren Haynes remained busy, flying back to New York between Gov’t Mule dates to help 18-year old songstress Lauren Shera through “Don't Think Twice, It's Alright,” play guitar with Phil Lesh on Dylan’s brand new “Thunder On The Mountain,” and invite out Kevn Kinney and Joan Osborne for a sing-a-long take on “I Shall Be Released.”

During her spot, Cat Power offered a somewhat awkward version solo version of “House of the Rising Sun” (which Dylan covered on his debut record), while Ryan Adams lived up to his bad boy image, running over his set time and sticking “Love Sick” in the middle of his rock-jam version of “Isis.” Other standout performances included Al Kooper & The Funky Faculty’s version of “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry,” Sandra Bernhard comedy routine based around “Like A Rolling Stone,” Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s rendition of “Love Minus Zero/No Limit,” the Jamie Soft Trio’s instrumental jazz reading of “Ballad Of A Thin Man,” Jay Farrar harmonica-laced “Going, Going, Gone,” Roseanne Cash’s interpretation of “License to Kill,” Allen Toussaint’s solo piano version of “Mama, You've Been On My Mind,” and the Roots powerful take on “Master of War” (the beginning of which was set against the “National Anthem”). The evening closed with an all-star version of “Knockin' On Heaven's Door” featuring Ramblin' Jack Elliot Lauren Shera, Smith and Al Kooper. In total, the evening raised over $100,000 for charity.

Anyone else out there who went and wants to weigh in feel free to leave your review in the comments sections.

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