Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Golden Nugget: Bob Dylan at Municipal Auditorium in 1999

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2009 at 3:15 PM

In honor of Bob Dylan's 33rd record Together Through Life recently debuting on the Billboard top 200 at No. 1--beating out the Hannah Montana: The Movie OST--I present to you this nugget (via YouTube user Elston1969, whose page contains a shit ton of Dylan vids) capturing Bobby D at our very own Municipal Auditorium in February of 1999 during what I call the "soy bomb era." This clip shows a performance of "Make You Feel My Love," one of the finer cuts off the Daniel Lanois-produced 1997 release Time Out of Mind, which is in my opinion the best latter-day Dylan record. You know, before he started singin' about Alicia Keys and shit.

If any of you were at this show then please feel free to share your memories of it. Dylan has toured non-stop on what fans have dubbed the "Never Ending Tour" since 1988. In that time there have been definite peaks and valleys in the caliber of his performances. 1999, and the whole Time Out of Mind period, is generally regarded by Dylan aficionados to have been a good era, due in part to sidemen such as Larry Campbell (guitar), David Kemper (drums) and Tony Garnier (bass). I've been going to Dylan shows since 1997 and have basically witnessed a slow and steady decline in quality. Things seem to have really jumped the shark when Dylan jettisoned his electric guitar in favor of playing keyboards for the majority (if not all) of the show, playing every single song as a blues and singing in a frog-in-throat voice that can easily be mistaken for that of Karl Childers (Billy Bob Thornton's character in Sling Blade). Take a look after the jump to re-live the infamous soy bomb Grammy performance.

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