REVIEW / CONCERT
BOB DYLAN AND HIS BAND LIVE IN SINGAPORE 2018
The Star Theatre
Here is the factor about watching American music icon Bob Dylan (above) stay in 2018 – you don’t go to his concert anticipating to listen to trustworthy renditions of songs from the previous 5 many years that have change into a part of the rock ‘n’ roll canon.
If you probably did, and wandered into his present at The Star Theatre on Monday blissfully unaware of this necessary truth, you’ll have been sorely upset.
The 77-year-old, taking part in his third concert in Singapore, was not a lot inclined to easily play his hits straight, however extra to stay as much as his repute as a grasp of reinvention.
Take Blowin’ In The Wind, a licensed Dylan basic relationship again to 1962, performed as the primary encore after his foremost set ended. It is stripped of its distinctive melody and, as a result of Dylan’s voice as of late is famously gruff and gravelly, it takes a few traces within the first verse to move earlier than you realise it’s that well-known music.
Highway 61 Revisited, the title monitor of his 1965 album, went by way of an analogous treatment, though the music retained its rollicking tempo.
Then there may be his tackle Ballad Of A Thin Man, from the identical album. Despite the tough crooning, the music nonetheless shines with an nearly non secular high quality and was definitely one of many highlights of the present.
For shut to 2 hours, Dylan, wearing a darkish go well with with purple trimmings, sang and tickled the ivories on a black grand piano. He didn’t play any guitars, in contrast to in his final look right here on the Timbre Rock & Roots music competition in 2011, however would sometimes blow a number of full-blooded notes on the harmonica.
The stage was naked, save for him, his band and their devices, in addition to a number of warm-hued lights which have been all the time saved pretty dim.
There was no pictures allowed, not even for the media. Prior to the present’s begin at about eight.30pm, the viewers, estimated to be about four,500-strong, was reminded to not do any form of recording.
He didn’t communicate a phrase to the viewers, not even to introduce the songs or his band members. The solely time he acknowledged the followers was when he walked to the centre of the stage and confronted them, earlier than making his exit on the finish of the principle set and the encore.
It didn’t actually matter as a result of the songs spoke for themselves.
Dylan, who gained the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016, packed his setlist with songs that represented the assorted musical transformations that he went by way of in his lengthy and prolific discography.
His final three albums may comprise covers of Great American Songbook tunes and conventional pop songs, however his setlist centered extra on tracks akin to Pay In Blood from Tempest (2012), his final album of unique songs.
The stay take is much more trustworthy to the album model, maybe as a result of it was a comparatively not too long ago recording. But make no mistake, give him sufficient time and he would absolutely have found a solution to reimagine the music stay, similar to he has completed together with his classics.