2003-10-04, Shea Stadium, Queens, NY
I've been lying in bed all day not feeling well and you brought the first smile to my face. Thank you. This was one of the most enjoyable things I've read about Dylan in a long time. You nail down truthful observations while being genuinely funny. (The "Sopranos" bit is golden; performing "Silvio" would've been genius.) I can't help but selfishly wish you'd do a commentary for other Dylan videos -- the Grammy's "Masters of War" or the David Letterman's "Like a Rolling Stone" come to mind. Stay healthy and don't let the media get you down.
As someone who was at this show, I didn't notice until the bootlegs that any kind of oddness was happening. I was in the pit and everyone went so ballistic when Bob showed up that I assumed I couldn't hear the lyrics because of crowd noise.
I wasn't there for this but I was there to see Bruce play with freaking Al Leiter. Sigh.
I thought Bob came around at the 3.5 minutes mark and he, Bruce. And S were definitely having a good time.
Hey, that's always been my favorite bit in 'The Last Waltz,' too. [I'm relatively new here - only been a subscriber for about a week - so I'm catching up on stuff I've missed.]
It’s an issue of automatic memory and recall. If you think about it if you’re performing on someone else’s stage a song of yours but in their arrangement you might not have the usual triggers you need to ensure you recall the lyrics. I know this from my own experience. It wasn’t helped from the fact that Dylan was clearly nervous and the mic wasn’t switched on. It probably knocked him off keel. No wonder he got stuck in a loop haha
I was there that evening. It was great to see Dylan and it was a huge surprise. But it wasn’t his finest hour. I also remember that later in that set the lead singer for “? and the Mysterians” came out and did 96 tears, which turned out to be a lot of fun.
One quick question Ray. Are you severely retarded or simply brain dead. All I see and hear is a GOD jamming with The Boss and the East Street Band.
Aww c'mon it wasn't that bad lol....I knew every verse he was singing, Bob just wasn't all that powerful.in delivering his lines....ill see Bob anytime, Bruce too!