Monday, August 18, 2008

Dylan Watches Helm, No On-Stage Reunion

As the crowd watched Helm and his band perform “Got Me A Woman,” Dylan watched as well, barely identifiable in the dark as he stood stage left, on a grassy hill in a restricted area off a wide walkway, near where tour buses came and went all day.

Anyone in the section of seats closest to Dylan could have tossed him a grapefruit, he was that close. People in the same backstage area from which Dylan watched milled about around him, and moved past him, as if they did not know the legend was a mere few feet away.

Dylan stood expressionless and motionless as he paid strict attention to the Levon Helm Band’s set.

Any doubt that this figure in the dark was Dylan was erased by the white stripe on the outside of his left pant leg, a familiar sight for anyone who has seen Dylan perform in recent years. The white stripe on the dark pants is part of Dylan's on-stage costume, which typically features a cowboy hat and suit right off a late 1800s stage coach.

Dylan was only seen watching “Got Me A Woman,” the a cappella dirge, “Anna Lee,” from “Dirt Farmer,” and “Rag Mama Rag,” a rollicking Band song that features a tuba solo.
Read the rest of the Poughkeepsie Journal article about last night's show at SPAC here.

Dylan's Setlist:

1. Leopard Skin Pill-Box Hat
2. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
3. Rollin & Tumblin
4. Desolation Row
5. Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
6. Million Miles
7. Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)
8. Highway 61 Revisited
9. I Believe In You
10. It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
11. When The Deal Goes Down
12. Thunder on the Mountain
13. Ballad of a Thin Man
14. Like A Rolling Stone
15. Blowin' in the Wind

From a messageboard:

No guests during Dylans set , there was an unused mic out between Bob and Tony, I dont remember if its usually there or not but I dont think so. During Levon Helm's last song the stage was full with nearly all the previous performers of the festival for "The Weight." Steve Earl sang the "Chester" verse (he really likes to say the F word alot) and everybody else sang on the chorus's. It was fun.

When Dylan's set started the intro was said and the band started playing "Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat" without Bob visible onstage, at the last possible second he could hold out, he appeared and semi-ran over to his keyboard just in time to sing - I see you got was kinda dramatic. He was pretty into it tonight but Denny looked and sounded tired. Bob sang the Dr Filth verse 2x's in Desolation Row, and did alot of kinda toe touching stretching stuff which may have been a signal for Larry and Levon to stay away.

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