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Bob Dylan,
5/28/00,
Milan, Italy,
Palavobis

LB-5250

Same recording as Bach LB-5180 with same wav view with similar levels
but without the extra boost spectrally on the very high end on that one.

Channels switched on this one.

Excellent sound [A].


Olof Bjorner

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Palavobis
Milan, Italy
28 May 2000

1.Roving Gambler (trad.)
2.The Times They Are A-Changin'
3.Desolation Row
4.It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
5.Tangled Up In Blue
6.To Ramona
7.Country Pie
8.Tell Me That It Isn't True
9.All Along The Watchtower
10.Not Dark Yet
11.Cold Irons Bound
12.Highway 61 Revisite
13.Ballad Of A Thin Man
14.Like A Rolling Stone
15.One Too Many Mornings
16.Not Fade Away (Norman Petty/Charles Hardin)
17.Forever Young
18.Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
19.Blowin' In The Wind

Concert # 1206 of The Never-Ending Tour.
Concert # 16 of the 2000 Europe Spring Tour.
2000 concert # 41
Concert # 111 with the 12th Never-Ending Tour

Band: Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar), Charlie Sexton (guitar),
Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar),
Tony Garnier (bass), David Kemper (drums & percussion).

1–6, 15, 17, 19 acoustic with the band.

1, 11, 17, 19 Larry Campbell & Charlie Sexton (backup vocals).

12 new songs (63%) compared to previous concert. No new songs for this tour.

Stereo audience recording, 120 minutes.


Bill Pagel

Milan, Italy
May 28, 2000
Palavobis

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Roving Gambler (acoustic)
The Times They Are A-Changin' (acoustic)
Desolation Row (acoustic)
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (acoustic)
Tangled Up In Blue (acoustic)
To Ramona (acoustic)
Country Pie
Tell Me That It Isn't True
All Along The Watchtower
Not Dark Yet
Cold Irons Bound (Tony on tambourine and bass)
Highway 61 Revisited

(encore)

Ballad Of A Thin Man
Like A Rolling Stone
One Too Many Mornings (acoustic)
Not Fade Away
Forever Young (acoustic)
Rainy Day Women #12 & #35
Blowin' In The Wind (acoustic)

Reviews

Milan, Italy
May 28, 2000
Palavobis

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Review by Luca Mazzotti:

I had seen him in Zurich at the beginning of May so I'm gonna compare the two dates. First of all it was just great beeing able to see the concert just 10 minutes from my house. The seats were numbered and I left my house at 8.30p.m. when the concert started at 9p.m. The Milan crowd seemed to be warmer then the audience in Zurich right away. Apart from we italians known for beeing kind of warm people, I think it also comes from Mr. Dylan beeing away from Milan for a pretty long time.
Anyway, talking about the concert, the main thing I can say is that I didn't like the setlist too much. Just too many super big hits and no rarities apart from "Tell me that it isn't true". I preferred the Zurich setlist, no doubt. Mr. Dylan and the band played perfect and the voice was clear enough. I think Mr. Dylan played some very good guitar solos better than in Zurich. He just seemed a bit too cold to me during the first hour and a half. What really amazed me was the encores part. He just started getting really energetic and warm. He really seemed to be in great
physical shape. Good sign for our neverending tour! Just hope he finds some time for recording in the studio and not use all his energy and creativity for the concerts. I just can't wait to hear a new studio album, especially if it has the same quality level of the last precious jewel he gave us (Time out of mind).


Review by Alessandro Cavazzuti:

I'm sitting in my 8th row seat in the Palavobis, it's almost time for Bob and the band to come out, and i'm just wondering how long it will take before the predictable rush to the stage...I don't have to wait long.
Lights go down and before i can even realize it, dozens of people rush to the stage. I stand up but keep my seat, it's pretty close and the view is really good anyway. Bob and the band go straight intot 'Roving Gambler'.
Not much to say about it. Ususal standard, Bob's voice sounds really good but i have the feeling he's not 'focused' yet. Weird grins on his face, he looks almost sleepy, but the song is ok on the whole. 'Times' is just good, I still cant get how Bob can't mess up the lyrics although he's playing this one almost every night...'Desolation row' and Bob really starts to warm up. Focused, caressing every line...really good. 'Baby blue' is only adequate, Bob's singing is always pretty good but the inspiration seems to be somewhere else, tonight....The usual rockin' Tangled up in blue'. I've heard this hundreds of times but this night it really works out right, the band is uptight and Bob looks quite focused again. 'Ramona' closes up the acoustic set. Waltzing version, with Larry's mandolin in evidence and some nice guitar pickings from Charlie. I smile when they start 'Country pie'.
I love this rocking version, pure fun and they play it just great. this is the first time Charlie really shows up, and he does a great job indeed. I didn't expect 'Tell me that it isn't true' and it's a welcome surprise. Bob sings it just great, really into the song, Larry is perfect on steel. Then what we have is a old-style pretty rockin 'Watchtower'. Great sound, Bob' s singing is just good but not so powerful. He lifts his guitar up (like so many times during the show)..this looks weird...his playing is quite rough, just some notes thrown in meaningless... i begin to think
that his back problems are really back...Usual great singing on 'Not dark yet'. I love the live version of this, delicate and heartfelt. Then we are given one of the highlights of the night..An amazing 'Cold irons bound', with a pretty much different verse structure than the 97/98 versions. Just Bob's voice, Charlie pickin and, at the end of each verse, all the band burst in to get back into shadows and then in again..It's great, and the sound is fantastic. H61 closes the set. Before this one, Bob introduces the band. When it comes to David, Bob says "David's one of the few drummer who's better than no drummer at all...' Not really much to say about this version. I expected Love sick as first encore, but what we've got is an only adequate 'Thin man'. Bob sings it good, but his solo is really terrible...'Rolling stone' and the crowds sings along and dance and jumps as usual. One too many mornings is another highlight, one of the best Bob's performance of the night. His singin here has gotta be heard to be believed...and it's hard to describe. The next three songs bring the show to its end. They're good but not unforgettable, although 'Forever young' is sung really great these days, sweet and careful. A pretty good show on the whole. As soon as Bob keeps such a good voice and delivers it so well, i'll never go out disappointed. Inspiration...well, this is a different matter. Whereas in Modena Bob was 'plugged in' and inspired all through the (fantastic) show, he didn't look that inspired all the time in Milan.
It's ok, of course, these are pretty good shows anyway, so i won't 'lay down my bandana and complain'. Not at all.


Review by Paddy:

Hey all, I'm back from my trip to Italy, Milano. After I've seen Bob in Zürich, and I was disapointed there, I wanted to know, how it will be to see him for the second time in three weeks. And let me tell you: He was wonderful. His voice was so soft while he was singing Ramona, a beautiful waltz.. (Hope it will not be the last one...). Cold Iron Bounds was so surprising with his new cloth. Bob shouted the words out like a hurricane.
The precision of the band members is unbeliveble. I wonder: Are these alternate versions they also recorded for TOOM? Can't wait in Zürich was played very slow, an angry blues it was there. In Zürich I thought Dylan can't play the guitar (acoustic) anymore. It was soooo bad. But in Milano he played with so much feelings. The people were really crazy about Bob. I love this Italians. There was no bad tune the whole concert. NOT ONE!! All along the watchtower was rocking like in the "good old days".... Hey people, let me tell you this. Don't be too disapointed if you once visit a "bad" concert from our grandfather. He's always worth a second chance (or a third one...). The Bob concert of my dreams was in Montreux 98 where he nearly danced the whole show through, smiled the whole time, made some jokes, touched hands of the people... But it can't be every day like Montreux, so thanks Bob! May God bless you! Paddy from


Review by Matteo Berghenti:

About 6000 people came at the venue tonight, all reserved seats except for some seats in the stand from where you could not see or hear anything. I had bought one of those tickets, but luckily just as the lights went down and the first notes came out of the amps, I (and other people too) rushed to the stage eluding the security man who was supposed to prevent people without tickets for the reserved seats from going to the parquet.
Well this was the beginning of:

Roving Gambler
I love this one, and I loved the way they played it. Very, very good.

The Times They Are A-Changin'
No big surprise to me, I knew that among the choices for the second slot there was The Times They Are A-Channgin’ and so it was. I think it was quite good and Bob managed to play some good stuff on his guitar. At the very beginning of the following song I thought it was Masters again, instead it was:

Desolation Row (acoustic)
Wow! What a version! Really amazing, the first real emotion of the night. Even if he started to play his totally absurd notes on his guitar, this was sung in a terrific way. I loved it.

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (acoustic)
Another song which he didn’t play yesterday in Modena, much less rhythmical than the one recorded in Vienna last year that I listened to, but very good indeed. Bob seemed very concentrated on the words which he sang very clearly.

Tangled Up In Blue
Pretty much the same as yesterday

To Ramona (acoustic)
Well, after the first four song all different from yesterday’s set list, To Ramona in the same slot as yesterday, but in a less fascinating version and without harp.

Country Pie
Yeah! Warm up for the electric part! Great stuff from both Larry and Charlie as usual. Maybe this is the only song in which Bob doesn’t play any solo letting the two fellows enjoy themselves a little bit.

Tell Me That It Isn't True
Uh! Another one from Nashville Skyline! This was really great and Bob nearly played a good guitar solo. It seemed they really had a great fun playing this song, and then came:

All Along The Watchtower
Nice, very loud and played with a lot of energy, this was greeted with a big roar by the public who recognized it from the first two chords (one of the few song everyone recognizes right away). Things got a little bit softer with:

Not Dark Yet
which was played well, but the big surprise was:

Cold Irons Bound
After the amazing “Can’t Wait” yesterday we got this great rearrangement of Cold Irons Bound and it really kicked ass!! After that I was expecting Leopard instead there was:

Highway 61 Revisited
Another different song from Modena, but according to me, just like leopard yesterday, this wasn’t played well and the absurd soloing of Bob ruined the song. As I said in yesterday’s review, I guess he’s making fun of us, he knows how to play guitar, but he’s a folk guitar player not a guitar hero and who knows for what reason he decided to play the role of the guitar hero in the past few years.

The second part of the show included:

Ballad Of A Thin Man
What to say, he really sang very well this one but once again he lost himself in a dreadful sequence of absurd notes. Apart from that I liked it.

Like A Rolling Stone
Bad just like yesterday, even if the public seemed to appreciate.

One Too Many Mornings
Quite good, even if Bob sang it almost without melody.

Not Fade Away
Forever Young
I don’t know what happens in other countries, but here in Italy people always try to sing along and this is fun even if sometimes, and this was the case, they sing completely out of tune.

Rainy Day Women #12 & #35
Blowin' In The Wind
Apart from the second part of the show which, according to me, got worse and worse, this concert was better than yesterday’s and had a completely different set list (twelve different songs!!). Lucky me and all the people who could see both.


Review by Rebecca Haag:

Several things made this the best of three concerts for me. First, we had excellent seats but at a little distance, so I was able to pay more attention to the music. Second, the audience was very receptive right from the start. Third, although Bob looked more tired than the night before, at times he truly melted me down with the beauty and tenderness of his singing. Fourth, of the nineteen songs sung, twelve were different from the night before!
This night he was dressed more casually, short black jacket, white shirt, red tie and white boots.High points of the acoustic set were an elegiac "Times Changin'" in the second slot, and "Tangled Up in Blue," not one of my personal favorites
but I did dig it in Milan.
The electric set was really exciting, with Bob pulling "Tell Me That It Isn't
True" out of his hat, followed by "Watchtower" and then, the two songs that were the great moments of these shows for me, "Not Dark Yet," and a new arrangement of "Cold Irons Bound" that positively shook me. I'm no music critic but I'll try to explain what it was like. The song was organized in three repeating sections. First, a stop-and-start bit, then, when the lyrics say he's "out of control," the music is chaotic and all over the place--it really made me feel physically uncomfortable--and then, the song just rocked out! I really hoped to hear this again in Ancona, but no luck!
The encore set opened with "Mr. Jones" in place of "Love Sick," which I couldn't complain about, and included a lovely, tender, "One Too Many Mornings," almost a lullaby. The words were grouped together in short phrases, like "one too/many mornings/and a/thousand/miles behind," with a rising intonation at the end of the line. After that it was fun to hear "Not Fade Away" again after last year in Zurich, before the evidently obligatory "Forever Young," "Rainy Day Women" and "Blowin' in the Wind."

XXX

 
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