If you’ve been following my travel saga, you’ll know that I my daughter Katie and I converged on Boston from two different parts of the country yesterday in order to see Bob Dylan play at the Agganis Arena at Boston University. It was worth it, though I’m still not home and I need to get there in order to do laundry and head right back out on the road tomorrow.
The Raconteurs opened. This group is Jack White’s other band in addition to the White Stripes and they released an album called Broken Boy Soldiers. The set list covered most of that material with a couple of other songs thrown in. One of their more unusual yet better songs was a cover of Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang, Bang, (My Baby Shot Me Down).” It was a great rock set.
Dylan played a bit longer than he had the previous three times we had seen him in the last couple of years, possibly because he was fitting in more of the new material from Modern Times. The set list was
- Maggie’s Farm
- She Belongs To Me
- Lonesome Day Blues
- Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
- It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
- Workingman’s Blues #2
- Tangled Up in Blue
- Blind Willie McTell
- Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)
- Ballad of Hollis Brown
- Highway 61 Revisited
- Spirit On The Water
- Summer Days
- Thunder On The Mountain
- Like a Rolling Stone
- All Along The Watchtower
The last three songs were the encore.
Throughout the evening Dylan seemed to be having some technical issues. He walked off the stage to talk to a tech a couple of times and he spoke to rhythm guitarist Stu Kimball multiple times about adjusting the sound. Katie also said he forgot the lyrics a few times, but that’s hardly the first time that has happened. So, overall, it was a very good concert but probably not as tight as expected. Still, it was worth the trouble to get here.