2010年9月3日

Bob shines over Monterey

2010年9月3日



8月21日は前回のオンタリオと同じくカリフォルニアのモントレー。会場はモントレー・フェアグラウンズ(Monterey Fairgrounds)。


ローカルメディアのコンサートレビューは絶賛の嵐

Dylan thrills in return to Monterey(San Jose Mercury News)
Bob shines over Monterey(Santa Cruz Sentinel)

中でも、モントレー・ヘラルドのマック・マクドナルド氏はライブ前から「週末はディランのコンサートだ。もうチケットは手に入れたかい?まだなら急いで手に入れよう」と熱心にディランの記事を書いていた。その甲斐あってかチケットはソールド・アオウト5,000人以上の観客がライブを楽しんだ。

Bob Dylan rocks the Monterey Fairgrounds Saturday night(Monterey Herald)

いつものメンバー紹介の時、バンドの2人がステージの角でギターを燃やすジョークをしたそうだ。勿論1967年のモントレー・ポップ・フェスティバルでのジミ・ヘンドリックスのモノマネだ。

ディランは「それは、1961年ことだったかいつだっただろう、でもつい昨日のことのように感じる」みたいなことを言ったそうだが.....実際は1967年だって誰か教えてやれよ.....とマクドナルド氏。

モントレー・ヘラルドにはレターズというコナーがある。地元の人からメールで短いコメンタリーのよなものを載せている。そこに以前からディランに対して批判的なコメントを寄せている人がいた。原文のままで申訳ないが下に貼付けておく。古くからのディランファンが今のディランを受入れられない事は少し悲しい。

Bob Dylan 8/21/2010

Bob Dylan 8/21/2010




Bob Dylan Plays Monterey(Photographnic)




翌日8月22日はネバダ州ステートライン。場所はハービーズ・レイクタホ内アウトドア・アリーナ(Harveys Lake Tahoe)。

ハービーズはリゾート・ホテルのハービーズのことだ。ホテルに泊ってる人は部屋にいながらに音が聞けるようだ。会場の雰囲気はこんな感じ



Dylan caps blues-soaked night at Harveys(RGJ)

Times have changed, but Dylan is still on the road, heading to another joint(Tahoe.com)

「日曜日のディランは歌詞を歪めずヴォーカルアレンジは新鮮で活気に満ちていた。そして決して音を外すことも無かった。彼の声は聞けば聞くほど好きになる声かもしれない。一般的な意見とは逆に彼はちゃんと歌える。2時間のライブで驚くべき高い次元のエネルギーとパファーマンスを示した」

ツアー後半に入ってもなおもパワーが衰えないディラン.....恐るべし。

08/22/2010 - Harvey's Summer Series

08/22/2010 - Bob Dylan

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Letters:
The Monterey County Herald



Talent blowing in the wind
Posted: 07/09/2010 01:29:56 AM PDT

This is for Bob Dylan, who is rumored to be gigging here at the fairgrounds next month.

Bob,it's time, dude, to hang it up. It's less about you pushing 70 than itis that the consensus of all of us from the '60s who hung on everybrilliant metaphor you penned that you lost it a long time ago, andthat most of your concerts these past couple of decades have been youmocking your devoted fans. Is that how you cover for your lost talent?

Nobodywas a more dedicated appreciator of your poetic genius than me. Indeed,all of my longtime friends know me as the quintessential Dylanaficionado.

In my college days, I taught a class on Dylanlyrics. I imagine I'm of a rare handful of people who truly "get" yourmost elusive and cryptic poetry. But even one of your poetic heroes —Arthur Rimbaud — knew when his talent had died and he had the integrityto quit writing poetry before he became a joke.

Bob, you are notthe "unwashed phenomenon, the original vagabond" any more. Your greatpoetry and your last great album, "Blood On The Tracks," is timelessand universal, but you are not.

Jeffrey Van Middlebrook
Pacific Grove


Dylan's talent grows with age
Posted: 07/18/2010 01:31:21 AM PDT

JeffreyVan Middlebrook (Letters, July 9) is right that Bob Dylan is no longerthe "unwashed phenomenon, the original vagabond," if he ever was. (Healways seemed so well scrubbed to me.) The truth is that none of us arethe characters that we were in the '60s. In my opinion, Dylan's talenthas grown in accordance with his age and the vastness of his lifeexperience. I hope that Jeffrey goes to the concert at the fairgroundson Aug. 21. Maybe Dylan's performance will change his mind, or not.

May you stay forever young.

Raindance
Pebble Beach


Let Bob be Bob, me be me
Posted: 08/06/2010 01:34:32 AM PDT

Iwas at the Crown and Anchor a few nights ago, swilling a few pints ofIrish holy water with a buddy, and we were laughing about all themouth-foaming responses to my letter concerning Robert Zimmerman, akaBob Dylan, from Hibbing, Minn.

I must confess, I have seenDylan's likeness in my pancakes, tree trunks, and I'm going to get richcharging people to make pilgrimages to pray before these artifacts.Please, people, stop the genuflecting hero-worship.

Dylan was a great poet in his prime, the best. I still adore his amazing poetic expressions from the 1960s.

Even Dylan himself said he is only a "song and dance man," nobody's guru, nobody's savior.

Whatdo you all expect to experience at his upcoming concert here? Will hecure the sick, raise the dead, turn water into wine, feed the masseswith a single fish and loaf of bread, give eyesight to the blind andmake the crippled walk? The man puts his pants on one leg at a time andsits on the toilet like the rest of us.

Get real, people, and find a life!

Jeffrey Van Middlebrook
Pacific Grove


Kind review of Dylan show
Posted: 08/24/2010 01:36:11 AM PDT

TheHerald's Mac McDonald presented the most gracious and forgivingcritique of Bob Dylan's performance here of anyone I've spoken to whowent.

I gave away the pair of complimentary tickets I wasprovided because I did not want to be disappointed for yet a fourthtime, but I am pleased that some Dylan aficionados were happy withBob's performance.

It's never been about me having unreasonableexpectations that Dylan should be what I want him to be. To thecontrary, except for his deranged born-again phase, I have been one ofhis staunchest supporters of all his many chameleonesque evolutions.

However,I don't find it particularly creative to change the melodies and temposof his old classics. That seems counter-creative to me, almost as if hewants to try to prove some inane point that he's not going to bedefined by anyone, even if it means messing with his own compositionsto keep everyone off-balance. Seems sort of childish to me.

Still, all in all, Dylan remains my favorite poet, even if I don't particularly enjoy his live performances.

Jeffrey Van Middlebrook
Pacific Grove


Enough Van Middlebrook
Posted: 08/25/2010 01:52:57 AM PDT

Honestly,who really cares what Jeffrey Van Middlebrook thinks about Bob Dylanor, for that matter, what he thinks about anything.

First TheHerald prints his rant about Dylan's show, then after some pro-Dylanresponses from other readers, we get another explanation and a rebuttalfrom him. Then on Tuesday he gets the coveted top billing with anotherexplanation of why he didn't go to the concert. Who cares. I didn't goeither! Couldn't stand Dylan in the '60s and always thought that otherssang his songs better.

However, I had several friends who wentand had a great time. "Contact highs" were even reported. In fact, frommy Seaside home, high on the hill, I heard the whole performance whilelying in bed.

I say rock on to all who were there and enjoyedthe performance, and perhaps we can all be spared any more explanationsfrom Van Middlebrook and give the space he so often occupies in theletters section to someone else.

Margaret E. Leighton
Seaside


Don't criticize what you don't understand
Posted: 08/25/2010 01:52:57 AM PDT

Regarding the Bob Dylan concert, I agree partially with Herald writer Mac McDonald and letter writer Jeffrey Van Middlebrook.

Withlounge chairs in the bed, we took my truck and parked curbside onFairground Road, closer to the stage than the audience in the back ofthe arena. We could hear the music clearly, yet had a hell of a timerecognizing the songs while watching a steady stream of about 50 peopleleaving from 9:30 on, all saying the concert sucked. Go figure.

Mostof my generation has expectations (perhaps unjustly) to expect '60smusic to be unchanged for our benefit, causing us to "sink like astone" when we don't get what we unrealistically want.

I didn'tbuy a ticket because I wanted to live in the past with visions of youngDylan, while I know "the line is drawn" with the older Dylan.

Iunderstand how artists nearly go insane being expected to play the same"hit(s)" over and over in concerts for years, if not decades!

We were all warned by Dylan in 1964 in his classic song, "The Times They are a-Changin'":

"Don't criticize what you don't understand."

Gordon Smith
Monterey


Suggestions for future shows
Updated: 09/01/2010 08:51:18 AM PDT

Enoughhas been said about the recent Bob Dylan concert, which I, among manyothers, immensely enjoyed. My letter is regarding the set-up, lack ofupgrades at the fairground and crowd control.

If we want to bring in other iconic entertainers to play at our fairgrounds, may I offer the following suggestions?

First,put a little space between the chairs. We were packed in like sardines.You couldn't comfortably sit back in the folding chairs. Yes, weAmericans are overweight, but that is no excuse.

It is time to install large viewing monitors like at Paso Robles, etc. This is standard now.

Lastly,we were in the center in row nine. We could have seen fine if those infront of us would have been considerate enough to sit down. We shouldnot have had to yell "sit down, sit down" numerous times because theywere blocking the entire view of the stage. They should have beencontrolled by the organizers. That is what the sidelines are for. Thesestanders and wavers should have been escorted there.

Tanya Anistratenko
Carmel

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