Bob Dylan Manchester Arena 16 Nov 2005

Bob Dylan Manchester Arena 16 Nov 2005
David and I drove to Manchester and stayed in the Travelodge just up the road from the arena. We had floor seats about half way back the massive MEN, which is a vast venue. The place was packed and there was a definite buzz in the air; the crowd were really up for seeing Dylan, and he didn’t let them down. This was one of the best Dylan concerts that I have attended in recent years. Dylan spent much of the evening from behind the piano, as on the previous couple of times we’d seen him. His singing was much stronger and there was less evidence of the strange up-singing that had featured a lot in performances of that time. The whole arena sang along to Like A Rolling Stone. Highlights for me were I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight and Lay Lady Lay. Jack White was in the crowd and walked passed us just before Dylan took to the stage. Setlist: Maggie’s Farm; She Belongs To Me; Cry A While; Lay, Lady, Lay; Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine); Million Miles; Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again; I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight; Man In The Long Black Coat; Down Along The Cove; Girl Of The North Country (acoustic); Highway 61 Revisited; A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall; Summer Days. Encore: Like A Rolling Stone; All Along The Watchtower.

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