I had not seen Bob Dylan since he toured with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers back in the eighties and did a show at the Tacoma Dome, so when he came to Bumbershoot this year, I had to go.
That’s Bob Dylan on the right and Charlie Sexton on guitar in the middle. Charlie can play a mean guitar.
Bob’s voice has, uh… changed over the years, and I wasn’t sure what to expect from him. He started the show sounding like Tom Waits with a bad sinus infection, but his vocal chords loosened up as the show went on, and by the end, he still sounded very raspy, but much better than the start.
Bob played quite a few songs from his latest albums. The band was built to play those songs, but the songs from Highway 61 Revisited were easily translated into the blues-rock sound that these guys play, and play very well.