SEPTEMBER 19, 2000
TELEWEST ARENA, NEWCASTLE,
1. DUNCAN AND BRADY @
2. THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN' @
3. IT'S ALRIGHT, MA (I'M ONLY BLEEDING) @
4. DELIA @
5. TANGLED UP IN BLUE @ (BOB ON HARP)
6. SEARCHING FOR A SOLDIER'S GRAVE @
7. COUNTRY PIE
8. STANDING IN THE DOORWAY
9. STUCK INSIDE OF MOBILE WITH THE MEMPHIS BLUES AGAIN
10. TELL ME THAT IT ISN'T TRUE
11. THE WICKED MESSENGER (BOB ON HARP)
12. RAINY DAY WOMEN #12 & 35
13. THINGS HAVE CHANGED
14. LIKE A ROLLING STONE
15. DON'T THINK TWICE, IT'S ALL RIGHT @
16. MAN OF PEACE
17. FOREVER YOUNG @
18. HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED
19. BLOWIN' IN THE WIND @
video of Delia, Soldier's Grave, Country Pie, and Doorway in Newcastle on 2000-09-19
This was a nice show to watch. We were standing
all the way up front underneath the left speaker.
Bob was very animated, made plenty of funny faces,
danced around a lot and was clearly enjoying himself,
especially during the songs he plays often.
"LIKE A ROLLING STONE" was very intense and
"TANGLED UP IN BLUE" was crowned with the
finest and longest harp solo on this tour (so far).
Bob threw in five more songs into this tour, four of
which I had never seen him perform in the 25 shows
I had been to before. "DELIA" was delivered very
plaintively (this was the first show on this tour
with three cover songs). "TELL ME THAT
IT ISN'T TRUE" was sung as if it was
written yesterday. On good nights Bob does that with
certain songs. It's part of his gift as a performer,
and it simply amazes me when he does it.
The show stopper this time was another of his
first-time-in-Europe performances, a magnificent
"STANDING IN THE DOORWAY", which
by itself was worth the price of admission.
Superb phrasing! It was the eighth (!) song from
"Time Out Of Mind" in five shows. This time Bob conveyed
his conviction, that even when the flesh falls off of
his face, someone will be there to care. Must be his
Lord and Savior, who touched him so many times with
his nail scarred hand and who will lead him beyond
this burning sand. Bob sure is ready to go.
Even better was a brilliant version of "MAN OF PEACE",
which had been printed already on the cue sheet
in Glasgow (see my review). "RING THEM BELLS"
at Vicar Street and this "MAN OF PEACE"
in Newcastle are the only two songs from the eighties
performed on this tour so far, fitting however
thematically very well to some of the cover songs
and some of the "Time Out Of Mind"-songs Bob did
perform during the three other shows, especially
"THIS WORLD CAN'T STAND", "HIGHLANDS",
"NOT DARK YET", "TRYIN' TO GET TO HEAVEN",
HALLELUJAH I'M READY TO GO", "I AM THE
MAN THOMAS" and "SOMEBODY TOUCHED ME".
As "MAN OF PEACE" was performed for the
first time this year (and this warning about the
craftiness of the father of lies was performed masterfully),
I do consider to include this song on my website,
when we get home to Ireland next week; and maybe
"RING THEM BELLS" as well. But first
we shall try to find our way down to Birmingham,
and Sheffield, and Cardiff, and Portsmouth.!
This tour is like a gold rush.