I love Jones Beach so much.... the roads suck on the way there, both quality wise and how many different freakin' highways we have to take but I'm used to it and it's more then worth the 2.5 hour trip. We went early to meet up with some guys we met at the Vibes but they ended up not coming. Early in the week it looked like rain but it turned out to be a great day with the exception of it being pretty cloudy. The parking lot was as empty as I've ever seen it and for the first time they checked my tickets while entering the parking lot to make sure I'm going to the show. Not as much of a breeze tonight either, does being cloudy effect the breeze at all?
Leon came on right on time, walking out slow with his cane and sitting right down but he jammed through the set non stop - one song into the other. he played all his classics and a bunch of covers that suprised me to including ..... Wild Horses, Walkin' Blues, Jumpin' Jack Flash. real tight band.
after a short intermission Dylan came on and played a solid set. The first couple times I saw him he played guitar for 2 or 3 songs then was on keyboards the rest of the night. Tonight and the time before tonight (november 2010, Foxwoods) he seemed a lot more into the performance and mixed up his playing a lot more. He started on the keyboards tonight, played guitar on a couple tunes throughout the night (Beyond Here Lies Nothing - Simple Twist of Fate) and then the harmonica on Tangled Up In Blue was great - he played harp on 1 or 2 other tunes. Ballad of a Thin Man had to be the highlight of the night for me but the Rolling Stone>Watchtower encore was nice. Bob was really into it tonight, having a great time - not looking so serious like usual. As he was leaving somebody says to me "great show, I havn't Dylan this frisky in years, he's getting better" and I have to agree. His vocals were sounding pretty darn good IMO but of course if you expect studio Dylan your in for a suprise. I dig all of his newer stuff (Love and Theft, Modern Times, Together Through Life) which is more of what the band sounds like today, even on the older tunes. The full moon wasn't visable until it broke through on "Beyond Here Lies Nothing" which seemed fitting. Show was over by 10:45 after Leon started at 8 but thats usual for Bob - 1.5 hour set.
While sitting in my good ol' 87 Toyota 4runner waiting for the lot to clear out, what do I see across the lot --- My freakin' truck, I spotted the thing a mile away and drove over to it ---- I said "hey nice truck man, where can I get me one of those" --- he was a real cool guy we talked about our trucks for a sec, he had a 86 and it was identical, the color, all the trim on it. That was real cool seeing that and driving down to meet the guy, he was pretty suprised himself.
Of course the night couldn't go without something going wrong .... I get home and I'm getting stuff out of my truck and then I go "wait a minute, where the hell is my poster" ..... I was convinced I left it behind but then I move my cooler and the fucking poster is crushed under it. It was in mint condition to, I got it at the end so I didn't have to roll it up or anything. What happened is, the cooler was behind my brothers seat and then I moved it behind mine during the ride. The poster was on my back seat but it was in that plastic sleeve so it slid right down on the floor where I threw my cooler. It sucks but its not to bad, it will flatten out decent ..... gives it a little character anyway and I got a little story to go with the few dents in it.
Great show all around, I can't wait to see Bob again. Looking at other setlists he dosn't really mix it up enough for me to follow him but I'll definitly catch a show each time around. I never look at any setlists before my show(s) and that goes for Dylan, Furthur and every band I see -- I strongly feel that it makes for a better experience not knowing what was played recently and having Everything be a suprise.
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