Folk legend Bob Dylan performed in front of a sold-out Smith Center this Saturday night. The set list included songs from throughout his extensive recording history, including 1965’s Highway 61 Revisited up to Modern Times, the musician’s 2006 effort.
Admirers of all ages filled the crowd. The backstage entrance was packed with fans trying to send the folk icon bouquets and other gifts. One excited fan screamed, “I’ll give anybody here $1,000 cash to get me a handshake with Bob Dylan.”
At 69 years old, Dylan can still put on a show. The veteran performer rifled through 16 songs, including a two song encore, in under two hours, playing harmonica, guitar and keyboard.
His gravelly voice lends itself well to the blues. He sounds like a man with his share of stories, and it adds to the Dylan mystique. Classics like “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” and “Ballad of a Thin Man” received different arrangements, while others such as “Just Like A Woman” remained pretty faithful to the recorded version.
The audience shouted along to the chorus of a rousing rendition of show closer “Like A Rolling Stone.” After his set, Dylan took a few moments to salute the audience, hands pointed in the air, as they gave him a jubilant sendoff.