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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



4.0 star rating J RO from Denver, Colorado


Better than we were expecting. His voice was pretty good, after warming up after a few songs. If you took this at concert value, taking away how this man has inspired the US music scene over decades, it was OK. Definitely not the best concert I've ever been to this year, but somehow, that isn't the reason for attending a Dylan concert. It's more about appreciating his legend. I won't ever go to another of his concerts, this was enough. Parts of the concert were weirdly like Bob Dylan doing karaoke trying to impersonate Bob Dylan. It was entertaining in a weird way. Bob really shone through in his up-beat rock and roll style songs, those were the peak and when his voice sounded most powerful. If you've always wanted to see Dylan, go see him on this tour. If you haven't, absolutely don't go.

4.0 star rating Charles from South Bend, Indiana


Enjoyed ever minute of the show, great mix of songs, tight band! So glad i went. The creativity of the american legend/poet still inspires me, thanks Bob Dylan!

4.0 star rating from Washington, District of Columbia


Dylan had a very tight band on 12/2 in DC, which played multiple riffs on each song, staying away from simply strumming chords. All beats were new and some were very infectious. If you came just to see a greatest hits show, you were sorely disappointed. Dylan's rewrite of any song's original beat is what I came for; I didn't come to hear a track like it was recorded on an album. His band seemed right out of Nashville, and Dylan played 2-3 songs from his Nashville Skyline album. Dylan looked fragile and frequently used (what I assume was) a bolted down mic stand for support when out front. Most of the night he hid behind a stand-up piano, which I would have rather have seen placed at a 90 degree angle to the stage. I didn't know most of his new song, but some of them had amazing boogie-woogie beats. Dylan is at his best when selecting a tour band and this one was fantastic. The sound was very balanced and clear. Just a great night.

4.0 star rating Kyle from Tulsa, Oklahoma


My 6th Dylan show. I didn't give the show 5 stars only because I found it supremely disappointing that the city of Tulsa, which is houses the Dylan archives, did not fill the Tulsa Theater - maybe 80% sold. The first song served as the band's sound check, with Dylan's mic being way too low. The band seemed to hit its groove on the Rough and Rowdy Ways tracks, but for me the highlight was the complete reimagining of "Gotta Serve Somebody". Dylan takes great effort to keep reimagining his songs. To me, that's the great part of a Dylan show. I understand some folks want to hear a greatest hits concert with all the old familiar melodies. For myself, I love how creative the songs are arranged. The whole evening had a fantastic bluesy roadhouse vibe with a hint of spiritualism. Lots of older musicians just tour their old hits. Dylan turns 81 next month. It's beyond amazing that he's able to tour a completely new album and allow that new music to support 9 out of a 17 song setlist.

4.0 star rating Bruce from Los Angeles, California


My wife & I saw Dylan last night at the Pantages. it was wonderful. I last saw him at the White Plains County Center in 1966 with Joan Baez opening for him. He has reimagined some classic songs. His latest version of “I’ll be Your Baby Tonight” resonates with decades of memories and reminds me of another Dylan’s growl to “rage against the dying of the light”. If you’re looking for golden oldies stay away, if you want to experience how our nation’s greatest troubadour and sometimes poet is not going gently into the night then run out to see him.

4.0 star rating Barb from northern Illinois


Saw him at The Riverside Theater, a marvelous venue in Milwaukee. It was fantastic, but I was unhappy with the the sound for his vocals. Something was off - either you could barely hear him or it was much too much. I love his voice, this was not my first Bob show, but I was not thrilled with this aspect of the show's sound. Nonetheless, his piano playing was absolutely wonderful as was his singing. And how amazing - he played for an hour and forty-five minutes! SO impressed!

3.0 star rating Veronica from Hartford, Connecticut


Oakdale should do a better job of monitoring alcohol consumption and seating latecomers, so as not to interrupt the enjoyment of those who arrived on time and were respectful of the performance. Good to see and listen to Nobel-Prize winner Bob Dylan, but it would have been nice if he had a few lines of interaction with the audience. Maybe he didn't like the crowed, either.

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