We had our doubts when the singer announced that his first number would be a song he himself had written about Bob Dylan, and at his singing it in a Dylanesque voice, but we soon got into it.
The singer turned out to be a talented channeler of Dylan, not just doing impressions but throwing in little improvisations and monologues. Doing his sound check in the form of talking blues was a particularly excellent feat. The band were a talented bunch, and clearly having a good time. Tempo and instruments were faithful to the Dylan style without slavishly following the album cuts.
I was slightly annoyed by the guy behind me, who insisted on naming each track as soon as he recognised it (I could do that too, but I didn't feel the need to show off about it.) He would have sung along in my ear if his wife hadn't shushed him. Still, we had a nice chat in the interval and Bec and I were hardly blameless on the karaoke front, providing backing vocals to 'You Gotta Serve Somebody'.
We were both disappointed not to get anything from Blood On The Tracks, but I was pleased when 'Man in the Long Black Coat' came up shortly after I'd named Oh Mercy as a favourite album. 'Not Dark Yet', from 1997's Time Out Of Mind, was the most recent number and another favourite of mine.
"You've heard it a thousand times, but it's still a good 'un." It was 'Like A Rolling Stone', a crowd-pleasing chorus-joiner to mark the end of the show. Bec and I sang each other the bit about the Siamese cat. They were allowed to squeeze in one more song, then it was time to find our respective directions home.