MAY 5, 2002
INTERNATIONAL ARENA, BOURNEMOUTH,
1. WAIT FOR THE LIGHT TO SHINE @
2. IF NOT FOR YOU @
3. DESOLATION ROW @
4. MAMA, YOU BEEN ON MY MIND @
5. ABSOLUTELY SWEET MARIE
7. SUBTERRANEAN HOMESICK BLUES
8. CRY A WHILE
9. BOOTS OF SPANISH LEATHER @
10. A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL @
11. DON'T THINK TWICE, IT'S ALL RIGHT @
12. SUMMER DAYS
13. NOT DARK YET
14. DRIFTER'S ESCAPE
15. LEOPARD-SKIN PILL-BOX HAT
16. NOT FADE AWAY
17. LIKE A ROLLING STONE
18. FOREVER YOUNG @
19. HONEST WITH ME
20. BLOWIN' IN THE WIND @
21. HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED
No, he did not sing "Isis", on the fifth day
of May, but Bob did once more sing fifteen
songs not performed in the previous show.
Three songs only he repeated in the main set;
the acoustic "If Not For You" (which is thought
to be in rememberance of George Harrison, now
that Bob is in Britain), the highly enjoyable
"S.H.B.", and "Summer Days", a song no Dylan
concert should be without these days.
Those guitars !!! But I mentioned them already
yesterday, did I ? From the encores he did
repeat the usual three.
For this show I was standing, pretty close to
the action, a little to the left, so I could
hear very good. I got to hear four songs I had
never seen live. For one the great opener,
"WAIT FOR THE LIGHT TO SHINE", which
appeared for the fifth time in Europe.
Also the first electric song, "Absolutely Sweet
Marie" was new to me, and I wonder if he played
it because in 1997 it also had been the first
electric song in Bournemouth. Two more L&T songs
I got to hear for the first time, a very nice
"Floater", and a very strong "Cry A While"
(I did not find any fault in Jim Keltner's
drumming all night).
Highlights from the songs I had seen before
were many, as this was a very very good show
indeed. "Desolation Row" featured seven verses
(Sell./ Cind./ Moon/ Across/ Einst./ Midnight/
Received), and Bob was with the lyrics all the time.
"Mama" was beautifully sung, and "Boots Of Spanish
Leather" (with nice red lighting) was sung even
more beautifully. "HARD RAIN", was strong as well,
but Bob's microphone created distorting feedback
noises during the last verse, causing him to sing
most of that verse off mike, as loud as he could,
before beckoning the audience to help him finish
with the last chorus.
"Don't Think Twice" had a very nice groove to it.
"Summer Days" just was great (I am really looking
forward to see it six more times), and being back
in the 12th spot, I knew that number 13 would be
something I would like very much. So I got to hear
my fifth "NOT DARK YET". It must have been the
first one ever starting with a harp solo, and it
was a great version (~ "... and I got to the sea"
~ The Bournemouth International Centre is located
right at the coast ~ ;-)
The band intro (with each member playing a solo)
during the extended jam session following "Pillbox"
was immensely entertaining, to say the least.
This band sure is fantastic. The song in purple
lighting in spot number 18 was "FOREVER YOUNG",
which featured nice vocal harmonies; and the second
encore was "Highway 61" this time, which showcased
Charlie Sexton's talent once more. To observe Bob's
look on his face as he was looking from three feet
distance into Charlie's face for quite a long time,
it was obvious that he was well pleased with him.
And rightly so ! I was well pleased as well with
all five artists on stage, and I have the feeling,
that I will be even more pleased in Cardiff tonight.
These shows are a pure pleasure.