Bob Dylan lived up to his reputation in concert

I enjoyed the Bob Dylan concert here on Maui recently and I want to respond to those who did not enjoy it.

Dylan is not an oldies act. He has been touring to support every new album he puts out for 40 years. It is well known as “The Never Ending Tour.” He always does the new stuff and the somewhat less new stuff, some of which is among his greatest work – like “Lovesick” and, of course, his opening song, “Things Have Changed.” He never emphasizes the oldest stuff from the ’60s and ’70s. And he never plays the older stuff the same way he recorded it.

If you listen for it, however, you can get what you want. Did people hear the harmonica? He played it a lot, in his unmistakable style. And people must have enjoyed Dylan playing piano in the same choppy cadence that he sings. He was in full voice, even those falsetto/yodel notes when he wanted them.

He is a unique poet, songwriter and performer, and he lived up to his reputation with a unique performance, as usual. Five stars.

But it’s too bad for people who left early, because he did perform “All Along the Watchtower” and “Blowin’ in the Wind” as encores.

Rick Tolin