SEPTEMBER 16, 2000
EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE CENTRE
1. HALLELUJAH, I'M READY TO GO @
2. THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN' @
3. DESOLATION ROW @
4. BOOTS OF SPANISH LEATHER @
5. TANGLED UP IN BLUE @ (BOB ON HARP)
6. SEARCHING FOR A SOLDIER'S GRAVE @
7. COUNTRY PIE
8. UNDER THE RED SKY
9. ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER
10. NOT DARK YET
11. COLD IRONS BOUND
12. LEOPARD-SKIN PILL-BOX HAT
13. THINGS HAVE CHANGED
14. LIKE A ROLLING STONE
15. DON'T THINK TWICE, IT'S ALL RIGHT @
16. HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED
17. BLOWIN' IN THE WIND @
18. CAT'S IN THE WELL
19. FOREVER YOUNG @
It is nice to stay in an old farmhouse B&B
east of Glasgow, where they kindly let
us use their PC. My wife and I did not
plan to go to Aberdeen at first, but after
"The Point" we had little choice. If we
would not have found fuel or tickets or
simply would have stayed in Glasgow, we
definitely would have regretted it soon.
We took the scenic route, passed through
some Scottish ski resorts, and arriving
at the venue, it was a matter of minutes
to buy tickets for a sold out show and to
stand amid friendly people we had met in Dublin.
This time we were again quite close to the
stage, enjoying good sights and sounds.
Being able to breathe and not being pushed
and shoved to and fro made the evening even
more enjoyable. And enjoyable it was, as the
setlist might probably suggest, with Bob
throwing eight more songs into this tour.
But even the repetitions were brilliant,
especially "DESOLATION ROW" (this time even
seven verses) and "THINGS HAVE CHANGED",
the two he had only performed at "Vicar Street".
The band is as tight as can be and Bob Dylan
proved once again that his voice is the
finest instrument in music history.
And he played it great, right from the start,
opening with the only song of the night
I had not seen before and was actually
hoping to see last night, "HALLELUJAH
I'M READY TO GO", which he performed
for the second time in Europe. This time
there were more than 550 "sinners" present
(like in Horsens last May) who were advised:
"Don't wait, before it's too late, he's a
wonderful savior to know". Bob Dylan chose
to tell us last night, that he let his
savior in and he saved his soul from sin,
and that he fell on his knees and his
savior answered all his pleas.
(For all the lyrics of this jewel
see the relevant page on this site)
"TIMES" and "BOOTS" are always nice
for me (I was born in October 1963),
and "WATCHTOWER" even comes across
as a nice surprise nowadays. The
finest electric songs of the night
for me were the two each from his last
two original-material-albums: "UNDER THE
RED SKY" and the new "COLD IRONS
BOUND"-version with Tony on Tambourine,
as well as the first (!) performance
of "NOT DARK YET" in the English-speaking
part of Europe (and a nice one it was)
and a strong version of "CAT'S IN THE WELL",
with Bob checking left and right to make
sure that the band stopped before he
delivered the last line: "Good night,
my love, may the Lord have mercy on us all."
This time the closing song "FOREVER YOUNG"
had Bob raising his eyebrows (see my "Point"-
review) when singing: "May you always know
the truth." This concert was just beautiful.
Three hours left until showtime in Glasgow,
so I gotta go and gather some more nuggets.