For over fifty years, Bob Dylan has been a musician for the people. He has written about changes in the government, changes in relationships, and changes in one’s well-being. He’s been inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, received 11 Grammy Awards, 1 Golden Globe Award, 1 Academy Award and most recently the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Bob Dylan has done everything a musician can do and at 71 years old, he still loves touring and performing his music for his dedicated fans. It is this love which brought him to the Mohegan Sun arena last Saturday night.
As fans filed into their seats, the members of Bob Dylan’s band took their spots on a dark stage. The music of the opening song, “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” began before any of the lights came up on stage. Finally as the lights slowly lit up the stage, Dylan was on his guitar leading the pack. During the opening song which followed with “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”, Dylan’s voice seemed very rough. When he shifted to his grand piano, he seemed more comfortable and his voice fit the fast paced “Things Have Changed” and “Summer Days.” Many of his songs were disguised by a different melody or the way he sang the lyrics. He turned “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll” into a ballroom waltz and chopped up the lyrical flow of “Visions of Johanna” to make it almost unrecognizable. The chorus of “Tangled Up In Blue” and his harmonica solo during “Not Dark Yet” drew big applause from the audience. Dylan and his band rocked “Highway 61 Revisited” and “Thunder On The Mountain” by quickening the pace and proving he can still move you with his music. This was displayed when Dylan was very animated performing from his grand piano and even once again when taking center stage with his guitar for “Simple Twist Of Fate.” The sixteen song main set ended with two long-time fan favorites, “Like A Rolling Stone” and “All Along The Watchtower.” Dylan and his band exited to a standing applause, as the stage went black.
He returned for a one song encore, the civil right anthem, “Blowin’ In The Wind.” The song’s chorus drew another huge applause, proving once again that Bob Dylan’s music applies to every generation of his fans.
Setlist: You Ain’t Going Nowhere, Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues, Things Have Changed, Tangled Up In Blue, Summer Days, Not Dark Yet, Jolene, The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll, High Water (For Charlie Patton), Visions Of Johanna, Highway 61 Revisited, Simple Twist Of Fate, Thunder On The Mountain, Ballad Of A Thin Man, Like A Rolling Stone, All Along The Watchtower
Encore: Blowin’ In The Wind