Never Ending Tour Kicks Off Again: Dylan Rocks in Worcester

Last night Bob Dylan kicked off the latest leg of a tour that has lasted 20 years. He’s off to Eastern and Western Europe for a couple of months, but warmed up the band with a performance at the Palladium in Worcester, MA, an old and worn venue and oh so typical. This is definitely one of the reasons that Dylan remains, well, cool.

The early reviews are excellent. He’ll be back in this the Baltimore/DC area in August. Next week he turns 67. There’s even a website that offers instruction on how to celebrate his birthday.

Duluth, of course, has gone even further.

UPDATE: Here’s a hand-held cam video from a concert last year. It’s rather jumpy, but the close-ups are terrific. For those who continue to struggle with the idea that Dylan “can’t sing” this video illustrates his amazing ability at expressive phrasing. This is one of newest compositions and it is positively brilliant, the final track off of Modern Times. “Excuse me, ma’am, I beg your pardon, there’s no one here, the gardener is gone.” One of the best Dylanesque poetic and even humorous expressions of Easter Day.

Ain’t talkin’, just walkin’
Up the road around the bend
Heart burnin’, still yearnin’
In the last outback, at the world’s end