I painted this portrait of Dylan in 1994. Being a nice guy, I gave it to my buddy Mike Z.
Note the wrong city on the event poster
Bob Dylan Monday November 6, 2000 A. J. Polumbo Center Pittsburgh, PA
Duncan And Brady/Mr. Tambourine Man/It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)/
Love Minus Zero, No Limit/Tangled Up In Blue/Searching For A Soldier's Grave/
Country Pie/Syanding In The Doorway/Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again/
Just Like A Woman/Drifter's Escape/Leopard-Skin Pillbox Hat
Encore: Things Have Changed/Like A Rolling Stone/If Dogs Run Free/
All Along The Watchtower/Forever Young/
Highway 61 Revisited/Blowin' In The Wind
I went online and bought these primo seats because my wife was several months pregnant and I didn't want her to stand. We get to the venue and it's PACKED. It's Duquesne University's gymnasium and our "seats" are fucking bleachers. I try to find them and some asshole lady is yelling at me because she doesn't want to leave my seat. I go get the usher and get her out of there all the while my wife is grooving to 'Mr. Tambourine Man'. The experience got a whole lot better. Great show.
Review from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Dylan brilliant even when less than perfect
Tuesday, November 07, 2000
By Ed Masley, Post-Gazette Pop Music Critic
By the time Bob Dylan went electric last night at the A.J. Palumbo Center, the local stop on his never-ending tour was beginning to feel a little like the set he should have played at Newport all those years ago.
While hard-core folkie purists may have had a problem with the drums -- and possibly the volume -- the instrumentation across the front was positively 4th street -- acoustic guitars and upright bass -- as Dylan led a red-hot band through a blues song called 'Duncan and Brady,' 'Mr. Tambourine Man' (deconstructed but unmistakably jingle-jangling) and a haunting train ride through 'It's All Right, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding).'
Guitarist Larry Campbell switched to pedal-steel guitar for a version of 'Love Minus Zero/No Limit' that was more than just a little reminiscent of 'If Not For You,' then back to acoustic guitar for 'Tangled Up in Blue' and finally the mandolin for 'Searching for a Soldier's Grave,' a gorgeous bluegrass waltz.
And then, it was on to the first electric number of the set, a Grateful Dead-indebted 'Country Pie' from 'Nashville Skyline,' followed by the only song he played from 1998's Time Out of Mind, his strongest album since the early '70s at least, if not a little longer. 'Standing in the Doorway' proved an early highlight, greeted by a cheer as Dylan took on the opening line with a fire he could have used on 'Like a Rolling Stone' and other songs he's more than likely sick to death of singing.
It was Dylan at his poignant best as a vocalist.
As is Dylan tradition, the road-weary classics were frequently deconstructed to the point where little more than the lyrics remained. And every so often, it worked like a charm, no more so than on 'Blowin' in the Wind,' a song I'd tend to doubt has ever sounded quite so moving or so beautiful.
But sadly, a few of the others could have used a little reverence from the singer for the way he knew the song was meant to sound when he was closer to the point of inspiration. 'Like a Rolling Stone' was only recognizable enough to make you wonder when the words had lost all meaning for the man, while 'Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again' took a wrong turn on Highway 61.
And boy, did he play guitar, an instrument he plays at least as well as Master P plays basketball. But hey, it's his name on the ticket. If he wants to get some leads in when they could have gone to Campbell and/or Charlie Sexton, both of whom were just amazing, I suppose it's up to him.
And in the end, as always, it was worth it sitting through the remedial solos and the screwed-up versions of the classics just to get to all the moments that found him redeeming himself: 'Forever Young,' awash in aching harmonies; a lazy nightclub jazz arrangement of 'If Dogs Ran Free'; a breathtaking 'Just Like Woman'; and a gently-rocking, smile-inducing version of 'Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat.'
In closing, no, the night was not without its flaws, but it was brilliant all the same.
Bob Dylan/Phil Lesh And Friends Friday November 5, 1999 Civic Arena Pittsburgh, PA
Roving Gambler/Love Minus Zero/No Limit/Desolation Row/Cocaine
Tangled Up In Blue/Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues/Shelter From The Storm/Tombstone Blues
Blind Willie McTell/You Ain't Goin' Nowhere/Highway 61 Revisited
Encore: Love Sick/Cat's In The Well/Don't Think Twice, It's All Right/Not Fade Away
Phil Lesh And Friends (w/ John Molo, Warren Haynes, Rob Barraco, Derek Trucks)
Jam>Dark Star Jam>Mind Left Body Jam>Dark Star
Dark Star (1st verse)>Jam>Dear Mr. Fantasy>Jam>Dear Mr. Fantasy>
Jam>Unbroken Chain>JamDark Star Jam>Dark Star (2nd verse)
Encore: Help On the Way>Slipknot!>Franklin's Tower
Dylan OPENING for Phil Lesh? What is wrong with this picture. Look at Phil's setlist. Jammy jam jam. Five songs proper.
Bob Dylan Thursday August 20, 1992 Conneaut Lake Park Meadville, PA
Don't Let Your Deal Go Down/Pretty Peggy-O/All Along The Watchtower/Tangled Up In Blue/
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight/Simple Twist Of Fate/Wiggle Wiggle/Little Moses/Girl From The North Country/
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue/Mr. Tambourine Man/Cat's In The Well/I And I/
Highway 61 Revisited/Idiot Wind/What Good Am I?/Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35/It Ain't Me, Babe
This show was at an old amusement park. Throughout the day we rode rides and instead of piped organ music you usually hear they were playing classic rock like The Grateful Dead and The Doors. After the Dylan show they had a Dead cover band playing in the lounge and Rusted Root were playing in a huge pavilion to about ten people.
Laugh As The Sun/Artificial Winter/Voices Of Eagles/Big White Bird
Voodoo/Cover Me Up/How I Love You/Back To The Earth/Ecstasy
Tree/Primal Scream/Cat Turned Blue/Rain
Share Your Soul/Won't Be Long/Beautiful People/Martyr
Me waiting for an invite onto Dylan's tourbus on Thursday August 20, 1992. Photo courtesy Spaceman.
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