SEPTEMBER 13, 2000
VICAR STREET, DUBLIN,
THE FIRST SHOW FOR US AFTER 500 DAYS
1. DUNCAN AND BRADY @
2. TO RAMONA @
3. DESOLATION ROW @
4. TOMORROW IS A LONG TIME @
5. TANGLED UP IN BLUE @
6. RING THEM BELLS @
7. COUNTRY PIE
8. CAN'T WAIT
9. MAGGIE'S FARM
10. JUST LIKE A WOMAN
11. DRIFTER'S ESCAPE (BOB ON HARP)
12. LEOPARD-SKIN PILL-BOX HAT
13. THINGS HAVE CHANGED
14. LIKE A ROLLING STONE
15. GIRL OF THE NORTH COUNTRY @
16. HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED
17. BLOWIN' IN THE WIND @
18. TILL I FELL IN LOVE WITH YOU
19. RAINY DAY WOMEN #12 & #35
Sitting in Dublin Zoo between two Dublin shows
I must say last night's show was something special.
As it was a warm up show, Bob resorted mainly to
Greatest Hits and did not pull out many nuggets.
Most songs had been performed on all of the four
One of the main traps when going to see Bob is an
expectation of certain or rare songs (especially
at a club show). I don't want to fall into it, but
I always do. Last night I did it all the more, as
I put together a website (Not Dark Yet) about a
dozen of songs he performed both this and last year,
none of which he played last night. It also had
been 500 days since Munich, where my wife and
I had last seen him perform.
Anyway, he did play five songs I had never seen
before in 21 concerts since 1981, plus a few new
arrangements of songs I had seen already. I never
had seen the only cover song of the night
"Duncan and Brady", which opened the show in
this intimate venue. We were standing in the
very center, two yards away from the small stage,
where the band stood closer together and closer
to the audience as usual. The venue is wider than
deep and it truly was a "living room atmosphere".
Looking back to the mostly V.I.P balcony I noticed
that every face in the audience was clearly visible
from the stage. Sitting there were famous dudes
like The Edge, Bono, Christy Moore, Paul Brady
and Elvis Costello, all enjoying the finest
concert (to date) on Irish soil.
I got to hear my first (and long awaited)
"Desolation Row" (six verses), and my first
"Ring Them Bells", with Bob singing the
"chosen few, who will judge the many,
when the game is through"-verse twice.
"Country Pie" and "Things Have Changed"
were also added to my list. "Tomorrow Is
A Long Time" is one of my favourite "old
songs"; and I had not seen it since 1987. The
new arrangement of "Drifter's Escape" was
as hot as can be, taking no prisoners and
featuring the only harmonica solo of the
night. The "new" "Can't Wait" and a "new"
"Just Like A Woman" (with Bob playing the
most interesting guitar licks halfway through
the lines) were not among the 83 songs
performed in June/July. The last song on
Tony's cue sheet (yes I was that close)
was "'Til I Fell In Love With You", Bob
had not yet performed at all this year.
I wonder, how many different songs we
are going to see in the six or seven
shows we are heading to next. (we went to nine more)
But first we gotta get out of this Zoo,
find an Internet Cafe, and then
get to "The Point".
video - Ring Them Bells - Vicar Street - Dublin - 2000-09-13