Review by Michael Nave
For me, on my 5th show in a row, Dylanís performance and the unique
set list made this a most enjoyable show, not knowing what he might do
next, and he seemed very engaged. And when the recording
surfaces, I would love to hear the lyrics to Honest With Me, as I
think he was making them up, even perhaps talking about the crowd and
night there in Lubbock. Dylan remained very animated throughout
the evening. Highlights for me included the opener,
Maggieís Farm, as well as Love Sick, and Blind Willie McTell.
After the set proper ended with Thunder on the Mountain, it seemed
like an eternity before Bob and band returned to the stage.
During that time I saw the monitor engineer with a flashlight
frantically flipping through what appeared to be Dylanís lyric
sheets, never finding the one he was looking for. Of course, I
had been hoping since I had secured my 2nd row tickets for this show
and committed to the long drive to Lubbock that either through song
choice or comments that Dylan would acknowledge Buddy Holly.
When Bob and band returned to the stage, Dylan and Tony Garnier
huddled around Donnie, with George listening in, and it was apparent
that Bob was explaining a chord progression with Tony showing it on
the neck of his bass. And from the first notes, it became clear
that my wish had come true - a truly inspired, special, rocking
version of Not Fade Away. Many in the crowd did seem to know it
was a Buddy Holly tune and were very into it. It was an
impassioned version and it seemed as if Dylan had been waiting a long
time to do it. As the song ended, George slapped the
snare really hard and they went non-stop into LARS. For my money,
this was the best LARS version of the 5 shows I saw, perhaps buoyed by
the previous song. Definitely, the night in Lubbock
will be one to remember.
Blind Willie McTell
Not Fade Away