Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Dylan in Brooklyn: Packed House, Happy Fans

About 7,000 fans showed up for the Dylan concert in Prospect Park last night. The line was sooo long it doubled back on itself (till the cops made everybody unwind down a side road). Not too many teens -- average age probably in the 40s, but still a good number in their 20s and 30s. Met one 83-year-old guy who told me Dylan was his main man.

It started to lightning and thunder, but then it cleared right up without any rain at all. Good omen.

Though the show was scheduled for about 7 p.m. according to the papers, everyone didn't even get inside the bandshell area till almost 8. We weren't checking the time (it was dark and we had to keep the balloons bouncing) but we think Dylan came on stage about 8:20.

What a beautiful night and what a mellow crowd. Dylan came on wearing a black cowboy suit and flat-brimmed hat and got right into it. Honestly, his voice is shot to pieces, but it got better as the show progressed and there was a lot of love. The band was really first rate.

Here's the first five songs: Rainy Day Women; Lay Lady Lay; Lonesome Day Blues; Girl of the North Country and the Levee's Gonna Break.
You can see the whole set list at Bob Links.

We weren't supposed to bring cameras in so we just shot one cellphone photo, no flash.

Bob Dylan, Prospect Park, August 12, 2008.

UPDATE: More reactions at Gowanus Lounge, DITHOB, and photos on flickr.

- Bob Dylan in Brooklyn Aug. 12, 2008: How to Get There and Other Details
-Bob Dylan Brooklyn Concert Tickets Edging Up in Price
-Scalpers Push Dylan Ticket Prices Up for Brooklyn Concert

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