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Bob Dylan Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.6 Stars)

Number of reviews: 135



5.0 star rating Mr. Jones from Riverside, CT


Attended the Friday, November 30, 2018 show at the Beacon and was blown away. My first time seeing Bob in 40 years (Fall '78 at Madison Square Garden)...shame on me, but I still had kept up with Bob's artistic journey through the years. I had listened to some of the bootlegs of recent shows (Springfield, MA, Waterbury, CT, and the preceding Beacon shows) and really liked what I was hearing, especially Bob's voice, the new arrangements of some of his standards, his harmonica work and, of course, his fantastic band. As a result, my excitement kept building in the days leading up to the show. Every expectation was met and exceeded...Bob and the cowboys were magnificent. Loved every minute and wished the show would have gone on for another two hours. Was a date night with the wife and even though she's not a Dylan fanatic, she enjoyed the show, especially the slow ballads. Thanks, hon...I owe you one.

5.0 star rating Jessi from New York, New York


Anyone who thinks Dylan was anything but great last night, November 24, 2018, at Beacon Theater just really doesn't know Dylan at all. Dylan is a diva and does whatever he wants, whenever he wants. That chutzpah is what makes him the great Bob Dylan, however he changes his tunes. He has the same great voice, which cannot be said of many 77-year-olds, and the same musical and poetic genius. It was a slightly different Dylan but a great show. My only disappointment is that he didn't say even a single word to his audience.

5.0 star rating Octo from Long Island, New York


The 11/23/18 show was amazing. Dylan's voice sounded better than I've heard him in a couple of years and he connected strongly with the audience. The band was great as usual. Dylan played good keyboards and lots of harp! The lyrical changes were emotional and thought-provoking. I think the lyrical "updates" to "When I Paint My Masterpiece" make more sense if you know the original words. Then the metrically more complex "rhapsody" line literally rhapsodizes into the direct-to-the-heart "beautiful" phrase, continuing ongoing Dylan themes of creating beauty and also reaching for an exalted state. So for me, that particular new line works best as an addition to the old, with the assumption that the audience knows the original. Overall, this was a rock show not a poetry reading, despite the poetry. My husband and I were extremely moved emotionally. The songs took on new meanings in this time. I cried during some of the songs. We were both amazed and thrilled to have experienced that night.

5.0 star rating Bill from Houston, Texas


Finally saw the real and best live Bob Dylan at the Smart Financial center in Sugarland last night. All day I had this good feeling knowing Bob had picked although a very fine venue for live music, a little bit small compared to Coachella in the California desert, or anywhere else this Nobel prize winner could easily fill. The lights went down and then the guys just assumed their places on stage and Bob set up shop behind his full piano and immediately they launched into what would be the tightest and cleanest delivery of Bob Dylan’s music catalog. No hat this time, just a full head of his trademark hair and at age 77, it made me wish for some. Now you normally hear people complain they can’t understand him, but tonight he was as crisp and as clear as you could hope for. I will try and come back with the setlist later and break it down, but for me the holiest Of holy is “ Like A Rolling Stone”. Bob did retool it but in a superior sound and emotionally. Best version in years.

5.0 star rating Bob Neylan from Tucson, Arizona


I love the show. I have seen Bob many times over the years, and this show was up there with any of them. Bob was energetic, fun, and sounded great. I was entertained from start to finish. It did my heart good to see someone that I care so much for sounding and looking so well.

5.0 star rating Tucson Tom from Tucson, Arizona


I saw Bob last time he was in Tucson in 2006. Pretty disappointing show saved by Merle Haggard. So wasn’t expecting too much but wanted to see him anyway for old times sake. Well, I shouldn’t have worried. Bob was in fine voice and form, the band was tight, the staging was perfect, the Music Hall was a great venue to choose, and the playlist should have satisfied everyone. My wife and I gambled on front row seats and we rolled 7’s on that decision. About 5 minutes to 8 the band assembled on stage, with Bob behind a full size grand piano. Staging was excellent. Ringed by large old style Klieg lights, Bob’s hair, back lit like the many images of him in the 60’s, was a joy to see. Sans any facial hair he looked damn good for his age and sounded even better. I looked over to stage right, and there, almost out of view was Bob’s Oscar for The Wonderboys on a small black table. Next to it was a white plaster head of a woman. Don’t know the significance of that but if you do let me know!

5.0 star rating Robert bloom from New York, New York


completely blew me away,,a beautiful voice believe it or not was the biggest surpise articulating every word and note w a beautiful deep rich vibrato adding depth to the gravely chortle of recent past ...he alternates rocking swingin tunes w the big band kicking ass behind him ,,,driving intensity fresh as ever,,then ballads followed after every rocker,,he was mid stage,,,holding the mic like early elvis,,,and those quirky strange intriguing stances movements Marva staples told us to look out for,,,watch bob !!! she said during her rousing first set.. the show was amazing,..dylan becomng Elvis Sinatra tony Bennett Fred Astaire,,,bing Crosby,...yet ever uniquely himself,,always new and lately greatly improved,on what always worth going to.. the voice and new showmanship made the evening really special,,,i never thought i would ever enjoy Dylan crooning like he does now,,better than on any album,,this is a cat who is at the top of his game and relishing it as much as we do..glad i went

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