Bob Dylan at The Beacon Theater- NY, NY

Bob Dylan at Beacon Theater

No pictures! Security was like hawks. They charged from their posts towards any rectangular light. At the end of the show, I commended our nearest security worker, a young girl who was very serious about her job. “I was just doing what Mr. Dylan asked me to do.” That prompted me to ask, “Are you sure what he said?”

This was the third time I’ve seen Dylan live. The first was opening for the Dead in ’95, the second was at a festival in Maryland, maybe 2004? I have no recollection of what he played the first two times. This time, after a few minutes into the songs, I was able to pick out what some where. He had made some interesting arrangements, possibly because he was standing at a piano for this run. The band consisted of drums, guitar, bass (sometimes upright) and pedal steel guitar. It had a club vibe matched by the soft light which transformed the Beacon Theater into an intimate setting.

Island Girl had won the tickets through a donation to a radio station. When they arrived she realized the seats were a few seats from the back against the far wall. To say she complained would be harsh. She alerted the station that she could have bought four tickets there for less than her donation. They were incredibly apologetic and gave her more free tickets for future events. This wasn’t her intention but now she has more shows to see!

This show was a bizarre experience. The set was great, the sound was good, the song selection (as best we could tell) was terrific. Watching him stand at a piano was strange. Occasionally he would walk to center stage and do what may be called a dance move then he’d walk back. It didn’t look like he was trying to steal spotlight, it wasn’t a bow, maybe it was him genuinely moved by the music. The entire ordeal lasted 18 songs and just over 90 minutes.

We waited as people slowly shuffled out of the venue. They had been seated for 90 minutes, perhaps their legs were numb. In that time I searched for ground scores (they must be good with this crowd) and spoke with the security guard. She was so diligently searching for phones that I didn’t bother to ask if she enjoyed the show. I suspect she first heard of Bob Dylan a few days earlier.


  1. Things Have Changed
  2. It Ain’t Me, Babe
  3. Highway 61 Revisited
  4. Simple Twist of Fate
  5. Cry a While
  6. When I Paint My Masterpiece
  7. Honest With Me
  8. Tryin’ to Get to Heaven
  9. Scarlet Town
  10. Make You Feel My Love
  11. Pay in Blood
  12. Like a Rolling Stone
  13. Early Roman Kings
  14. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
  15. Love Sick
  16. Thunder on the Mountain
  17. Soon After Midnight
  18. Gotta Serve Somebody

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