USA (Portland), March 11, 2005 Review

artist: Bob Dylan date: 03/24/2005 category: live concerts

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Bob Dylan: USA  (Portland), March 11, 2005
Dylan put on an excellent performance and the audience of hippie concert veterans, middle-aged fans and young people loved his performance.
 Sound: 10
 Perfomance: 10
 Overall Impression: 8
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overall: 9.3
USA (Portland), March 11, 2005 Reviewed by: unregistered, on march 24, 2005
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Sound: Bob Dylan is one of the best songwriters of all time. And in my opinion a great performer. The overall sound of the concert was much more electric and up tempo then I assumed it would be, and a fantastic band made this happen. Stu Kimball on lead guitar maintained the sound fiercely with Denny Freeman on guitar as well. Donnie Herron was on banjo and the pedal steel and played with precision. He played violin on Things Have Changed. Elana Fremerman did an excellent job on playing the violin and got to show it in many of the numbers. Tony Garnier played bass which gave backbone to the songs and George Recile played drums with Keith Moon enthusiasm on All Along The Watchtower. Dylan himself played only the electric piano and harp and stayed clear of his electric and acoustic that were set out for him to play. Dylan's voice at times were his studio voice from the '60s to a gargly muddied voice, though this is easily brushed aside by the song itself and sometimes enhanced the song by making it more raw. This left me with a theory of my own. Opener Amos Lee played an acoustic set that gave off a James Taylor vibe and he got off stage by saying "It's all about the music anyway" which gave me a sense of relief in today's music industry. County legend Merle Haggard and The Strangers played a very personal set with top notch electric guitar. // 10

Perfomance: Dylan put on an excellent performance and the audience of hippie concert veterans, middle-aged fans and young people loved his performance. The set list was as follows: 01. Drifter's Escape 02. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue 03. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum 04. The Times They Are A-changin' 05. Down Along The Cove 06. Things Have Changed 07. A-11 (song by Hank Cochran) 08. High Water (For Charley Patton) 09. If Dogs Run Free 10. Honest With Me 11. Standing In The Doorway 12. Summer Days Encore. 13. Sing Me Back Home (song by Merle Haggard) 14. All Along The Watchtower. Special moments during the show were when Buck Owens came out and took a bow and when Merle Haggard introduced his band The Strangers and they all introduced themselves to eachother. The stage was full of all the instruments and a red curtain back drop with a strange eye symbol that I assume Dylan made, and this symbol appeared everywhere else as well. The best song I feel was All Along The Watchtower which Stu Kimball made sound like the Hendrix version but Dylan kept his own with his vocals and playing. // 10

Overall Impression: This took place at the University Of Portland's Earle Chiles Centre in Portland, Oregon on March 11th, 2005. This show overall was a great show with a more electric and up tempo show with great openers and Dylan and his back up band played extremely well. Though Dylan's voice sounded choppy at times it was easily cleared away by the song itself. Dylan played a very mysterious role through the show by only singing and introducing his band. The tickets were only $50.00 and I would recomend seeing this to anyway and I would burn my guitar to see it again. // 8

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