Bob Dylan plays all the hits at the Rothbury Festival
Surprisingly, Dylan only played one song from his new album, Together Through Life ("Jolene" during the encore), but it made room for lots of old familiar favorites. His voice sounded remarkably clear and crisp, and he was upbeat and energetic throughout the entire set -- of the handful of times I have caught Dylan live, Sunday night's show was by far the most youthful and vibrant performance I have seen by him. He seemed to feed off the energy of the enormous crowd (this year's Rothbury Festival sold over 30,000 tickets, a sizable portion of whom were pressing toward the main Odeum stage to catch a glimpse of Dylan in action), and the sea of people responded with waves of recognition and appreciation as he rollicked from tune to tune.
There was no doubt that he would play an encore -- his set was the final climax of four days of music that included performances by the Dead, Willie Nelson, Nas, the Hold Steady, Ani DiFranco, and many more. Chants of "Dylan, Dylan" and thunderous applause brought him back out for a few more songs, including a dynamic, expansive version of "All Along the Watchtower" and a joyful rendition of "Blowin' in the Wind."
Set list: Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat / Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power) / Tangled Up In Blue / Rollin' And Tumblin' / Spirit On The Water / High Water (For Charley Patton) / 'Til I Fell In Love With You / Po' Boy / Highway 61 Revisited / Ballad Of A Thin Man / Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again / Nettie Moore / Thunder On The Mountain / Like A Rolling Stone.
Encore: Jolene / All Along The Watchtower / Blowin' In The Wind