Three Dylan Tickets & Their Stories

“Gonna change my way of thinking, make myself a different set of rules.”

Bob Dylan, 1979. Courtesy William Pagel Archives.

Every picture tells a story, they say, but not the full story. For that, you usually have to dig a little deeper. Here are pictures of tickets to three Dylan concerts from the past eight years. The tickets are cool, how does one learn what the band played, how the shows went?

That’s where sites like ExpectingRain.com and BobLinks.com come in handy. The former site scrapes together all Bob stories and serves them up daily, a mashup of each day’s Dylan-related news and information. The latter provides concert information including where the concerts took place, setlists and reviews by people who were there. You can also see where Bob Dylan and his band will be in the months ahead.

Both sites are much more than that, though. Well worth a deeper dive for any avid fan. Dig it.

Each concert is an event. Every day in the Never Ending Tour is a story. Check out the price of the Beijing ticket. How cool is that?

Bob Dylan in Sydney 2014

Photo by the author. Ticket courtesy the William Pagel Archives.

State Theatre

Address: 49 Market StreetShowtime: 8:00 PM
Ticket prices: $199, $159, $99 (Australian Dollars)

Setlist

1. Things Have Changed
2.She Belongs To Me
3.Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
4.Workingman’s Blues #2
5.Waiting For You
6.Duquesne Whistle
7.Pay In Blood8.Tangled Up In Blue
9.Love Sick(Intermission)
10.High Water (For Charley Patton)
11.Simple Twist Of Fate
12.Early Roman Kings
13.Forgetful Heart
14.Spirit On The Water
15.Scarlet Town
16.Soon After Midnight
17.Long And Wasted Years
 
(encore)
18.All Along The Watchtower
19.Blowin’ In The Wind

Review by Mark Ryder

I think this was the 5th time I've seen Bob starting from his tour with Tom Petty all those years ago. Tonight was without doubt the best I've seen him. I am convinced these days Bob is better suited to smaller more intimate venues. The band was as usual playing to perfection and the mix was wonderful also. In these smaller venues the volume of the band is much more sublime and controlled allowing for Bobs voice to resonate clearly without battling to try and compete with the band. Once his voice warmed up after the first couple of songs, those wonderful lyrics we all wanted to hear were loud and clear. The set list has been consistently the same in the past few shows but that added to the overall standard of the
performance. The band was much more relaxed I guess knowing what was going to happen next other than being totally focused on Bob waiting to see what surprises he may pull on them. The songs, the arrangements, the mix and volume and the clarity of the vocals in a smaller venue all made for a night I'll never forget. Those lucky enough to be going to the Opera House shows and in for a great night. Bob is in fantastic form.
Photo by the author. Ticket courtesy William Pagel Archives

Ho Chi Minh City 2011

Photo courtesy William Pagel Archives

RMIT University
Sports Grounds

Showtime: 5:30 PM
Ticket prices: general admission tickets available at USD $50 and a VIP package for USD $120.
The VIP package entitles a person to priority on-site parking, exclusive access to VIP area and enhanced food and beverage package

Setlist

1. Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking (Bob on keyboard)
2.It Ain’t Me, Babe (Bob on guitar)
3.Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ (Bob on guitar, Donnie on trumpet)
4.Tangled Up In Blue (Bob center stage on harp)
5.Honest With Me (Bob on keyboard)
6.Simple Twist Of Fate (Bob on guitar)
7.Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum (Bob on guitar)
8.Love Sick (Bob on keyboard)
9.The Levee’s Gonna Break (Bob on keyboard)
10.A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (Bob on keyboard)
11.Highway 61 Revisited (Bob on keyboard)
12.Spirit On The Water (Bob on keyboard and harp)
13.My Wife’s Home Town (Bob on keyboard)
14.Jolene (Bob on keyboard)
15.Ballad Of A Thin Man (Bob center stage on harp) 
(1st encore)
16.Like A Rolling Stone (Bob on keyboard)
17.All Along The Watchtower (Bob on keyboard then center stage on harp) (2nd encore)
18.Forever Young (Bob on keyboard then center stage on harp)

Excerpt from Review by Ed Hayson

It was bloody wonderful. He was in top form and the band was awesome. Tight as. Tony Garnier on bass and Charlie Sexton on guitar and George Recile were incredible. They started with
Change My Way of Thinking ¡V a big muscular clear sound and Bob's vocals easily heard in the mix. Fabulous arrangement.

However the best was yet to come with a truly wonderful version of Tangled Up in Blue with a completely new arrangement then on to a sublime Simple Twist of Fate, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, a powerful Love Sick then two great versions of Highway 61 and Ballad of a Thin Man.

Its probably unfair to single just those songs out because they were all good. I think that George and Tony have to be his best rhythm section ever. I love his drummer who just kicks the band along...
I knew how well it had gone when at  the end of the concert the band put down their instruments and started to leave. As I  was pretty close to the front I saw him stop them and got them back to finish with a truly wonderful version of Forever Young.

Beijing 2011

Workers Gymnasium

Capacity: 12,000
Showtime: 8:00 PM
The most expensive tickets are 1,961.411 yuan ($300), an amount paying tribute to Dylan’s first New York City show on Apr. 11, 1961

Setlist

1.Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking 
(Bob on keyboard, Donnie on lap steel)
2.It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (Bob on guitar, Donnie on pedal steel)
3.Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ (Bob on guitar, Donnie on trumpet)
4.Tangled Up In Blue
(Bob center stage on harp, Donnie on pedal steel, Stu on acoustic guitar)
5.Honest With Me (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on lap steel)
6.Simple Twist Of Fate (Bob on guitar, Donnie on pedal steel)
7.Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum (Bob on guitar, Donnie on pedal steel)
8.Love Sick (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on electric mandolin)
9.Rollin’ And Tumblin’ (Bob on keyboard)
10.A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall 
(Bob on keyboard, Donnie on electric mandolin)
11.Highway 61 Revisited
(Bob on center stage on harp then keyboard, Donnie on lap steel)
12.Spirit On The Water
(Bob on keyboard and harp, Donnie on pedal steel, Tony on standup bass)
13.Thunder On The Mountain (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on lap steel)
14.Ballad Of A Thin Man (Bob center stage on harp, Donnie on lap steel) 
(1st encore)
15.Like A Rolling Stone (Bob on keyboard, Donnie on pedal steel)
16.All Along The Watchtower 
(Bob on keyboard then guitar, Donnie on lap steel) 
(2nd encore)
17.Forever Young (Bob on keyboard and harp, Donnie on pedal steel)

Excerpt from a Review by Mark Ray

Towards the end of Bob Dylan’s first show on Mainland China, a young local handed back the binoculars my wife had leant him with the comment: “He’s so young.” About 10 minutes later the three of us and everyone else at the Workers’ Gymnasium sat spellbound as Dylan gave us a special thank you, a stunning version of “Forever Young” as a second encore. It was the perfect farewell to a young, enthusiastic and knowledgable audience.
Most people here had expected a crowd of graying babyboomers with a
sprinkling of diehard local fans. The theory was that young Beijingers only knew of Dylan’s very early ‘folk’ songs, that at almost 70 he was a relic of a distant foreign past. Yet again China turned a plausible theory on its head. The expats were easily outnumbered by thousands of young Beijingers who had paid a lot of money, by local standards, for their tickets. And these guys knew their Dylan.

Read the full reviews of this Beijing concert here.


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