Posted in music on November 18, 2009

Bob Dylan @ United Palace Theatre - 11/17/09 (Frank Beacham)
Bob Dylan

Even Bob Dylan can't be Bob Dylan all the time.

The 68-year-old Boy From the North Country born Robert Allen Zimmerman has been trying to break his own myth since the mid-'60s, when he alienated fans of his early folk albums by plugging in and rocking out. Since then, his muse has come and gone, but his contrarian streak has been a constant.

For the past 20 years, the road has been constant too. Dylan tours endlessly, turning up at a half-full arena or a minor league ballpark near you again and again, as if to prove he's no sage, just an itinerant song-and-dance-man. Though late-period albums like "Time Out of Mind" and "Love and Theft" have evinced a creative renewal, he's often been erratic, even indifferent onstage. Still, there's something noble in his doggedness, singing on even though thousands of shows have curdled his voice into a viscous, gut-shot croak. On a good night, he can still remind you why people worshiped him in the first place. [Washington Post]

Was last night a good night? Bob Dylan and band played their first of three nights in a row at United Palace Theatre in NYC (11/17). Dion is the opener. Tickets are still available for the next two (11/18-11/19).

The setlist from night one, and a better version (than what I posted before) of Bob's new hysterical video for "Must be Santa" (off Bob's new Christmas album), below...

Bob Dylan - Must Be Santa

Dylan PosteR

Bob Dylan @ United Palace - 11/17/2009

1. Cat's In The Well
2. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (Bob on guitar)
3. Beyond Here Lies Nothin'
4. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
5. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
6. John Brown
7. Summer Days
8. Po' Boy
9. Cold Irons Bound
10. If You Ever Go To Houston
11. Highway 61 Revisited
12. Ain't Talkin'
13. Thunder On The Mountain
14. Ballad Of A Thin Man

(encore)
15. Like A Rolling Stone
16. Jolene
17. All Along The Watchtower

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Comments (59)

He looks evil.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 1:42 AM

Yes, yes! I am really looking forward to whether BV commenters liked the Bob Dylan show or not!

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 1:58 AM

"Ballad of a Thin Man" was some goth shit tonight. The whole show was great, much better than the 2008 NYC shows. Charlie Sexton was ripping shit up on guitar and Dylan came on strong, moving about, sometimes singing center stage with no guitar or organ.

if you see a lot of Dylan shows you know he has ups and downs but tonight was an up for sure.

also, good venue for lighting up. no security at all, basically.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 2:01 AM

Great great show. Sexton has that band and rippin'.
Dylan was on and awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 2:19 AM

That song and video are awesome, as is that setlist.

I need to get out more

Posted by Sruly | November 18, 2009 2:24 AM

I will give Dylan lots of credit in the sense that he mixes up his live show setlists regularly...Newer bands take note!

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 7:28 AM

Ballad of a Thin Man was excellent! Definitely the highlight of an energetic Bob show. Saw him in AC last year and he barely moved. He was tearing it up for the NYC faithful!

Posted by Desolation Row | November 18, 2009 7:44 AM

Dylan was on and awesome. Great great show. Sexton has that band and rippin'.

Posted by nsk bearings | November 18, 2009 7:44 AM

The video for "Must Be Santa" should be required reading.


Posted by Non-Anonymous | November 18, 2009 7:48 AM

Jolene and Bob on Guitar! Wow that would make it worth it.

Posted by anonymous2 | November 18, 2009 7:56 AM

Definitely an energetic set last night. I need to quickly beat off to get rid of this chubby.

Posted by Permaboner | November 18, 2009 7:59 AM

Has Charlie Sexton been back for awhile? He is amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 8:47 AM

1) What time did he go on and finish?
2) Any people selling tickets outside last night???

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 8:59 AM

He went on at about 8:45 and finished about 2 hours later. Find you seat before the lights to down, it's very difficult when it's dark. Terrific show.

Posted by John | November 18, 2009 9:10 AM

Sorry but have to say that there is a time when genious just loses out to ego. I know Bob likes to keep it unique but thats what the new stuff is supposed to be about. I think that out of respect for the man who evolved music as we know it, nobody will say the truth and thats that his arrangements suck. He wants to change the things that on their own originally are classic...its like Mozart if he had lived changing it all up at an older age...would it be as good? Bob get upn stage show us your soul again...talk to the crowd tell us your stories go back to your roots...my vision is of Dylan on stage with an acoustic and a harmonica...now that I would pay for.

Posted by g | November 18, 2009 9:51 AM

I'm going tomorrow night... so glad to hear good reviews. i've heard dylan was shit live, but i love him, so i thought i'd check it out. very good to know that he isn't shit live. so pumped! how was the opener?

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 10:00 AM

^^^ fucking moron.

Posted by wembley | November 18, 2009 10:01 AM

No one opens for Bob Dylan...he's God

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 10:05 AM

What time did daft punk go on?

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 10:06 AM

Loved the show. Had "cheap" seats way up at the back of the balcony. Sound was really good. Bob danced all night and his vocals were strong and, sometimes, clear. A highlight for me was "John Brown". What a downer, but the bluegrass arrangement with a moving vocal performance made it a stand out. This band gets into a stong groove and dylan rides it out. Very cool show. Surpassed my expectations.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 10:07 AM

Do not spill beer on 60 year old women sitting in front of you. They will be pissed.

Posted by Fucked Up Freddy | November 18, 2009 10:07 AM

Bod Dylmehn

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 10:18 AM

Bob MEHyln would work better. I like the guy who asked how the opener was. It's Dion, dude! Seriously?

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 10:39 AM

^^Not sure what you mean there wrt to Dion. I love that guy-so many great songs. Can someone offer a review of his set?
Seriously..........
Love Charlie Sexton but would love to see Larry Campbell back again too!

Posted by Tin Lizzie | November 18, 2009 10:50 AM

So doors at 7:30pm
No opener...
mr. Dylan 8:45-10:45pm?

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 11:03 AM

^^^^you fucking moron, there is an opener.

Dion 730-815
Dylan 845-1045

Posted by Larry the Jew | November 18, 2009 11:29 AM

No wonder people hate Jewish people....

^^^^you fucking moron, there is an opener.

Dion 730-815
Dylan 845-1045


He's just asking a question....chill out and go to your temple

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 11:52 AM

anonymous2 @ 7:56am:

That's "Jolene" from his "Together Through Life" album. Not the Dolly Parton classic.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 11:58 AM

"No wonder people hate Jewish people....
He's just asking a question....chill out and go to your temple"

No wonder people hate cowardly anonymous fuckwads on the internet. You fault him for being rude, yet you make an anti-semitic comment. Brilliant.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 12:04 PM

Bob Dylan CMJ Show: Brooklyn Vegan Showcase, Pianos, 1pm upstairs. Dude has great lyrics.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 12:18 PM

"No wonder people hate Jewish people....:

Dion is Italian.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 12:26 PM

"He's just asking a question....chill out and go to your temple"

Honestly, it's a stupid and lazy question to ask. You can find out in two seconds on the internet that Dion is opening. People who post easily answerable questions on a message board for others to supply the answers to are insanely lazy and don't need to be wasting everyone's time.

Not only is there an opener, but when the opener is someone as big as Dion that's an easy thing to find out in seconds.

And no, not everyone is walking around hating Jewish people, only people who post on a message board "No wonder people hate Jewish people".

You've just exposed yourself anonymously as a bigot.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 12:31 PM

11:52am= imbicile

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 12:33 PM

Dylan 845 to 1045. ticket availability outside the venue was not great. people were looking to buy, not sell.

and yeah get to your seat while the lights are up or you'll never find it. bring a flashlight. (or always carry a lightbulb).

set list varies but encore is always "Like a Rolling Stone"/"Jolene" (not the Dolly Parton song)/ "Watchtower." normally I would take off early to avoid the subway line but Charlie Sexton playing "Watchtower" was one of the best performances of the night. I was back in Brooklyn by 11:30 anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 12:53 PM

"No wonder people hate Jewish people....
He's just asking a question....chill out and go to your temple"

No wonder people hate cowardly anonymous fuckwads on the internet. You fault him for being rude, yet you make an anti-semitic comment. Brilliant.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 12:04 PM

Ok....sorry for hurting your poor little emo feelings....hope goes well at your temple tonight as well.


"He's just asking a question....chill out and go to your temple"

Honestly, it's a stupid and lazy question to ask. You can find out in two seconds on the internet that Dion is opening. People who post easily answerable questions on a message board for others to supply the answers to are insanely lazy and don't need to be wasting everyone's time.

Not only is there an opener, but when the opener is someone as big as Dion that's an easy thing to find out in seconds.

And no, not everyone is walking around hating Jewish people, only people who post on a message board "No wonder people hate Jewish people".

You've just exposed yourself anonymously as a bigot.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 12:31 PM


Yea sorry to you as well...I checked Dylan page and Ticketmaster page and didn't see any openers so I just assumed....you can go to your temple as well tonight for breaking your heart


Dylan 845 to 1045. ticket availability outside the venue was not great. people were looking to buy, not sell.

and yeah get to your seat while the lights are up or you'll never find it. bring a flashlight. (or always carry a lightbulb).

set list varies but encore is always "Like a Rolling Stone"/"Jolene" (not the Dolly Parton song)/ "Watchtower." normally I would take off early to avoid the subway line but Charlie Sexton playing "Watchtower" was one of the best performances of the night. I was back in Brooklyn by 11:30 anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 12:53 PM


Thank you to you! You answered my question and didn't have to call me names. So hard to ask these days on BV....

I miss those days when only 3 people would post on BV....

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 1:19 PM

"No wonder people hate Jewish people....
He's just asking a question....chill out and go to your temple"

No wonder people hate cowardly anonymous fuckwads on the internet. You fault him for being rude, yet you make an anti-semitic comment. Brilliant.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 12:04 PM


Yea when people are asses then I will say something....

If you're not so cowardly then why don't you email me and we'll fight....I'll be sure you're not Anonymous as well.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 1:23 PM

"Ok....sorry for hurting your poor little emo feelings....hope goes well at your temple tonight as well."

With your anti-semitic bitching, you come across as an emo Daniel Carver, but without the entertainment value. Even Sarah Palin would think you should've been aborted.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 1:33 PM

Dion was not good but it was worth it to get there early for him, just out of curiosity. A NYC experience, if nothing else.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 1:36 PM

"Yea when people are asses then I will say something....

If you're not so cowardly then why don't you email me and we'll fight....I'll be sure you're not Anonymous as well."

Nice way to flip it, asshole. You make an offensive comment from the safety of your computer, and then infer that someone else is cowardly? Oh well, just keep being the loser that you are.


Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 1:43 PM

wah wah wah.

ANYWAY,
dylan was fucking tight. what a class act.

dion was dion. he killed me as he continuously shouted "YO!!" and "YOU DA BEST!!"

fucking amazing in so many ways.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 1:53 PM

Were there extra tickets outside?

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 3:40 PM

he was good and was in great spirits, which from what i've heard isn't always the case.

however, is there really much of a difference between this show and those shows that happen in Atlantic City / Vegas or those theaters up and down the northeast where everyone's parents/grandparents go to ? I mean, yes, he's bob dylan, the best of the best etc, so it would make sense that he would be playing the bigger venues, but really, i dont think there is much of a difference in those shows.

but compared to say other geriatric/Rolling Stone Magazine favorite children - he doesn't compare to The Who or Tom Petty or The Boss (all younger I know, but same idea of going to see someone just to say you saw him, or to relive your past experiences with the music) - granted their music lends itself to a better show, but still, the way Dylan "mixes it up" with his song arrangements, it is interesting sometimes, but feels/sounds lazy most of the time.

also, I couldn't help think about Tom Waits, a man who isn't quite as old, but pretty close to him in age - who is able to really still put on an amazing theater show, with energy and theatrics. Maybe if Dylan took a little from Waits' "less is more" school of thought, it would definitely be more interesting, thought definitely not as lucrative I guess.

at the same time, he's bob dylan, he can go out there and do what he wants, he's earned that right, but for him to defend his this point of his career as anything more than a simple money grab would be disingenuous.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 3:47 PM

I've seen Dylan maybe 50 times. The shows I've seen the last 2-3 years have generally been pretty weak. Last night was great. John Brown was downright sublime.

Any more info on Dion? I'm wondering whether to get there in time for him Thur night. Was he bluesy or do-wop-y?

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:06 PM

Dion's set was okay, but very casion/cruise boat oldies nostalgia act. If you miss it you won't be crushed. If you catch it then fine, but you won't be thinking about him after seeing Dylan. Different league.

Say what you will about Dylan's show but I doubt it's a "money grab". The guy has plenty in his retirement fund. He wouldn't be on tour if he didn't want to be on tour. He couldn't spend all the money he's got if he tried.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 4:55 PM

yeah "John Brown" was amazing, and it's usually a song I don't dig--the new country arrangement was hot. this is definitely the strongest band he's had together since 2002.

Dion was more folkie. no reason to break your neck getting there early, but worth it if you're going anyway. wish I was going again tonight, gonna wait for tomorrow.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 5:00 PM

Is there an opener?

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 5:10 PM

DYLAN WAS INCREDIBLE LAST NIGHT*****

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 5:25 PM

he's been on the road his entire life, he has no home/life to retire to - i can only imagine what kind of relationship he has with his family.

but so it goes, some people's lives is their work.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 6:03 PM

Bob Dylan is Jewish

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 6:08 PM

that guy from the post is a wanker. i bet he loved the last kings of leon tour! i've seen bob at so-so moments, and it's still good. last night was not that! it was great. just great! thank god dylan went electric, because last night was fantastic.

Posted by big bob fan | November 18, 2009 7:45 PM

bad santa

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2009 10:36 PM

tonight must've been even better. can't believe this setlist:
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again, It Ain't Me Babe, Man In The Long Black Coat, It's All Good, High Water (For Charley Patton), Most Likely You Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine, Highway 61 Revisited , Ballad Of A Thin Man. What a fucking set!

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2009 12:59 AM

I just read down this page of comments. I thought to myself, I would go to see Dylan just to see what Dylan's doing now. Thats really the only reason anyone ever goes to see Dylan. Hopefully all of you stupid human beings telling each other to "go to Temple" and offering to fight will eventually figure that out.
p.s. your all doing a good job!

Posted by TQ | November 19, 2009 2:57 AM

"Bob Dylan is Jewish"

And the alphabet starts with the letter "A". Thanks for the information, genius.

Posted by Carl Cooch | November 19, 2009 10:34 AM

"Bob Dylan is Jewish"

And the alphabet starts with the letter "A". Thanks for the information, genius.

Therefore Bob Dylan is a Jewish Genius.

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2009 10:55 AM

"Bob Dylan is Jewish"


So was Ze'ev Jabotinsky and he was no saint.
V Lenin was too.

Dylan does not practice "faith" with that affiliation. So who cares.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2009 3:28 AM

"Bob Dylan is Jewish"

So was Ze'ev Jabotinsky and he was no saint.
V Lenin was too.
Dylan does not practice "faith" with that affiliation. So who cares."

Hey dipshit, Lenin wasn't Jewish. He was a member of the Russian Orthodox Church. And of course Jobotinsky wasn't saint. No one is. But he did a lot of good as well.

By the way, Dylan does practice with that "affiliation". Don't know how devout he is, but he does practice.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2009 10:42 AM

Would have loved to have seen this show. Really enjoying the Xmas album and think the video is hilarious. It's also great that Dylan is trying to help such a good cause. Check out the record if you haven't heard it yet!

Posted by MattKlomp | November 29, 2009 3:08 PM

"Bob Dylan is Jewish"Hey dipshit, Lenin wasn't Jewish. He was a member of the Russian Orthodox Church. And of course Jobotinsky wasn't saint. No one is. But he did a lot of good as well.

Posted by Nancy@xrtbearing.com | February 9, 2012 3:44 AM

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