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I'll Be Your Baby Tonight

On Friday night I went to a gig with my mum, in Bournemouth. Such is my glamorous rock-n-roll lifestyle!

Actually, it was a tremendously exciting event to which we'd both been looking forward for ages: Mark Knopfler sharing a bill with Bob Dylan.

Knopfler was on first, looking, in blue jeans and a shirt, like someone's lovely dad. With an excellent band, a selection of at least six guitars and that amazing, unique sound he produces, he did a very enjoyable and quite folky set.

I didn't recognise any of his material until the Dire Straits numbers right at the end (a magnificent 'Brothers in Arms' and an encore of 'So Far Away From Me', which he began "Here I am again in this Bournemouth town..."), but, unusually for me, I didn't mind.

No "Hello, Bournemouth!" from Bob Dylan - he came on very sharp and spry in a big hat and a green-trimmed suit, and launched straight into 'Brand New Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat'.

Such were his clipped vocals and his habit of completely changing his style every time he plays a song, there were many numbers I didn't recognise until the chorus and some I never got at all. Songs that I got after a line or two and whooped at included 'Tangled Up In Blue' and 'Desolation Row'. Both callmemadam and I had wondered whether he'd play 'To Make You Feel My Love', as recently covered by Adele, and to our joy he did.

We didn't think much of his band, who were too loud (which probably wasn't their fault) and made all the intros except 'Ballad of a Thin Man' sound the same (which probably was).

I was going to write of my disappointment that Dylan and Knopfler didn't perform together, but apparently Mark sneaked onstage to accompany one of Bob's songs and neither of us noticed! I'd have liked to see them standing together belting out 'Slow Train Coming' as the finale, though.
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who were too loud (which probably wasn't their fault)

Someone deaf on the sound crew, perhaps. If the sound crew do a job well they're unnoticable, but if they get it wrong... :/

Sounds like it was a good gig even so, if not necessarily in the ways you expected.
Excellent icon :) And yes, great gig!
Gosh, that was quite some double act! Glad you had a good night. =:)
Thank! Wouldn't have missed it for anything!
I didn't even know the two of them were touring until the lady who works across the road told us she was going to Manchester to see them.

She was impressed by the first half. Mark Knopfler was great.

The second half was disappointing. She also thought the band was too loud, so maybe it was their fault. His voice seemed monotone when it could be heard at all. Apparently it was difficult to figure out which one was Bob as they all wore similar hats. The big screens were not used, apparently at Mr. Dylans request. She said he didn't interact with the band, or talk between songs. Many people walked out and never returned.

She has been a fan of Bob since the sixties. She felt let down.

I think your report and hers say the same thing in slightly different ways.
difficult to figure out which one was Bob as they all wore similar hats

I did suffer from this at first, though I'm sure my mum would say Bob was unmistakable!

You know you're not going to get fabulous vocals with Dylan, especially these days, and I know from previous gigs that he'll just come on, rip through 10 songs then briefly introduce his band rather than chat. But I'm surprised he couldn't assemble/orchestrate a better backing group.
She seemed miffed that few of the songs were identifiable till half way through. She told me she wasn't expecting much from the vocals, but would have liked to be able to hear them over the band.

Yes, and a recognisable intro would have helped too!