Music Industry News Network [10-13-2000]

Dylan Runs Free At Wembley


Bob Dylan gave a magically unforgettable performance to an emotionally filled audience at Wembley Arena on Thursday 5th October 2000. Dylan drifted on stage to a roar of cheers and love from every single person present. He showed us that he’s still escaping the swamp of time, by producing a two and a half hour set that blew the whole place away. Dylan and his band, let by Charlie Sexton and Larry Campbell, played Tex Mex, Country and Stanley Brothers Folk right through to R n’B and R n’R

Dylan let loose classic songs such 'Highway 61 Revisited,' 'Tombstone Blues' and 'Leopard-skin pill-box hat' in that old familiar ‘Blonde’ style, before treating the crowd to a rewritten version of ‘Tangled up in blue.’ Right from the very start he had hold of everyone and not for one moment was he going to let go. ‘Standing in the Doorway’ and ‘Trying To Get To Heaven’ held an air of eeriness and sadness within them, but they were soon past and Dylan was now gliding and jigging around the stage to ‘Country Pie’ and 'Dogs Run Free.’ He’s supposed to be approaching his 60th birthday but this man was looking and sounding like he was still short of 40.

Dylan lived up to his legendary status a hundred times over when he finished off the spectacular evening with a triumphant ‘Blowing to the wind.’ He left the stage in a haze of light filled smoke, leaving the audience stranded in the sound of their own noise. Tonight Dylan showed us that this definitely isn’t the last stop on his historic journey, he’s still got somewhere left to turn he got a whole lot more left to burn.


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