Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Never Ending Tour: time to end it? Encore #3

Thanks to Paddy Stewart:

“I’m with James on this one. I’ve booked London and have an awful feeling I’m going to be disappointed.

“In the last few months, several of Dylan’s rocker contemporaries – Neil Young, Van Morrison and Leonard Cohen - have been delivering shows which are among their best ever. The bar has been raised.

“The prospect of Dylan doing a run-of-the-mill gig at the 20,000-seater 02 without screens fills me with a sense of foreboding.”

Never Ending Tour: time to end it?

Thanks to James Appleyard:

“I’ve been a Dylan gig-goer for decades, but I booked a 2009 show recently with a heavy heart. I’m not sure I’ll even use the ticket.

“Why? Simple: déjà vu! Bob’s shows now seem formulaic to me; they show insufficient invention; and I no longer respond to his voice or musicianship.

“Dylan’s a great artist. Well, no – the greatest, by a long way. But I think I’d rather focus on the recordings from now on.

“Am I alone in this, or do other Dylan Daily readers feel the same?”