Saturday, October 8, 2016

Bob Dylan Fans! The Sinatra Era Is (Thankfully) Over!!!

When it was announced that Bob Dylan would be part of "Oldchella" at the site of Coachella (officially it's called "Desert Trip") with The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters, and The Who, the first thing hardcore Dylan fans wondered was whether Dylan would have the nerve to bore old yuppies and Baby Boomers who paid hundreds of dollars to see him with covers of Sinatra songs, as he has done to loyal fans on the last two tours.

(We would get three or four Dylan classics - Things Have Changed, Blowin' In The Wind, Tangled Up In Blue, She Belongs To Me - then a bunch of songs sung by Sinatra back in the day. It was painful, but we survived Dylan's Christian Era and we felt we could survive this too...)

Well the first of the two Desert Trip weekend shows started last night and now we have the answer:

The Sinatra Era Is Over!!!

Here is the setlist from last night (October 7, 2016):

  • I sincerely hope this means Dylan will return to performing the classic songs we know and love, as opposed to Sinatra songs.

The classic Dylan songs are important and need to be performed and who better to perform them than the man who wrote them?

Was there ever a moment when Masters Of War was more crucial?

Welcome back Classic Dylan! We missed the hell out of you...

P.S. On the past two tours, Dylan has played essentially the same set in the same order, night after night. It was great to see Dylan during the Larry Campbell era, circa late 1990's - early 2000's, when the set would change every night with a delicious mix of old classics, deep cuts, newer songs, and unlikely but wonderful covers. You felt that band, which sometimes included current Dylan guitarist Charlie Sexton, could play absolutely anything... I fond memories of them doing Something when George Harrison died, a bunch of Warren Zevon songs when he was terminally ill, and, why the hell not, Brown Sugar...)(And I'll never forget the Dylan show at Madison Square Garden two months after 9/11, the first time many of us had fun since the disaster....

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