Posted in music on September 5, 2012

Dylan at The Cap 9/4/2012 (via @tommynyc)
Dylan at the Cap

At 8:03 p.m., and without an opening act, Dylan emerged in a black suit jacket with red piping and brass buttons, white pants and a bolo tie, proceeding to growl, smirk and grin his way through a 1-hour-44-minute set of hits and deep cuts.

"Watching the River Flow" began almost immediately after Dylan and the rest of his six-piece band hit the stage. There was no buildup, no hype -- and fans in the crowd seemed to appreciate it.

Gary Davis, 56, of Greenwich, Conn., called what he'd seen a "great show at a great venue," and picked "Thunder on the Mountain" as his favorite performance of the night.

The crowd definitely skewed older, with most in attendance flaunting gray hair (or none at all), but there was definitely a contingent of curious 20-somethings. With balcony seating and a general-admission lower level for standing fans, Dylan was greeted mostly with polite nods to the beat and the occasional thrusted arm, but a handful of folks on the lower level were dancing as if they were in a mud pit at Woodstock, at the dawning of the age of Aquarius.

And all along the perimeter of the stage, security personnel were vigilant (and cranky) about thwarting fans' attempts and photos and video. While they were just doing their jobs, their somewhat vain efforts were taking place at a concert happening in the year 2012. (As a result, the attached photo is from a previous Dylan show.) Even live-tweeting the event earned a few glares, but I managed to do so.

Dylan wasn't exactly doing backflips, but his subtle gestures showcased his showmanship. For "Shooting Star," he spoke-sang the words as he leaned on the piano like a lounge singer before rising to wail on his harmonica. (It was definitely a highlight, and Yarrow agreed, calling it the best song of the night.) For "High Water," Dylan fashioned the mic stand like a scepter before gripping the mic with his right hand and a harmonica in his left. And by the time "Highway 61 Revisited" came around, Dylan was plinking out the melody on the grand piano with his right hand, and gesticulating toward the crowd with his left. -[Newsday]

Bob Dylan opened the newly-renovated, much-hoopla'd, iconic Port Chester venue The Capitol Theatre Tuesday night (9/4) with a 17-song set that mixed tracks from his upcoming 35th solo album, Tempest (due out 9/11), with songs from his 50-year catalog of songs. Setlist is at the bottom of this post.

Much has been made of The Cap's atmosphere and light show, including astral projections on the venue's domed ceiling. Though he didn't mention the psychedelic lighting, here's what the NY Times' Jon Pareles said of the place:

The Capitol's interior is once again resplendent in red brocade and gilded painted reliefs; many of the exit signs have Art Nouveau panache. For Mr. Dylan's concert, with a capacity of 1,835, the orchestra level was standing room, surveyed by a balcony and boxes with a few rows each of steeply raked seats with assured sightlines. The sound, similar to that of other vintage movie palaces like the Beacon Theater and the United Palace Theater in Manhattan, was clear and boomy, with the kind of reverberation earplugs can help correct. The theater had opening glitches to be worked out --a lobby bar still under construction, box office slowdowns, confused visitors in search of parking --and one bad practice: waitresses soliciting drink orders from concertgoers during songs, an intrusion. But those are minor; a rock theater that looks and sounds as good as the Capitol is something to celebrate.
The venue also made screenprint posters (designed by Stanley Mouse and David Welker) for the show which ended up not getting approval from Bob so they weren't sold... but you can check it out below.

The Capitol Theatre's next show is Friday (9/7) with The Roots and Bob Weir and tickets are still available. Other notable upcoming shows include Dirty Projectors (9/25), Regina Spektor (10/3), Crystal Castles (10/4), Sleigh Bells (10/5), Fiona Apple (10/10) and three nights with My Morning Jacket in December (12/27 - 29). Tickets for all upcoming shows at the venue are available here.

As for Dylan, his Tempest tour starts next month and hits NYC on November 21 at the Barclays Center. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday, September 14 at 10 AM.

The Setlist for Bob's show at The Cap is below along with the unapproved poster.

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Dylan Cap Poster

Set list: Bob Dylan @ The Capitol Theatre 9/4/2012
"Watching the River Flow"
"Love Minus Zero/No Limit"
"Things Have Changed"
"Tangled Up in Blue"
"Rollin' and Tumblin'"
"This Dream of You"
"Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum"
"Shooting Star"
"High Water"
"Visions of Johanna"
"Highway 61 Revisited"
"Can't Wait"
"Thunder on the Mountain"
"Ballad of a Thin Man"
"Like a Rolling Stone"
"All Along the Watchtower"
(Encore) "Blowing in the Wind"

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Comments (30)

Shit show. Dylan is over.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 11:19 AM

Nobody enjoyed this show more than Questlove. He sat in his own box in the balcony and didn't look up from his phone once!

Posted by Chief Keef | September 5, 2012 11:26 AM

"He spoke-sang the words as he leaned on the piano like a lounge singer."

This pretty much sums up Dylan's live act for the last 15 or 20 years.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 11:26 AM

He did NOT play any songs from his upcoming album

Posted by Venkman | September 5, 2012 11:26 AM

11:26 NAILED IT.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 11:30 AM

Shooting Star was indeed the song of the night. Bob was smiling, dancing, strutting and extending notes... some might call that crooning, but they probably haven't heard Bob live in awhile. Photo/video wasn't an issue upstairs.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 11:38 AM

Illuminati bullshit poster; no wonder Bob rejected that.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 11:54 AM

Shit was great. Fuck that tweener fluffs hating on the man. You go expecting to hear him croon at 71 and you're a fool. The band is red hot, and Dylan is a musical legend that showed, once more, why he's one of our very few living legends.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 12:05 PM

11:26 (2) Dylan has not premiered new songs before an album release in years. Probably not since the late 70s.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 12:26 PM

Rainman

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 12:26 PM

"And all along the perimeter of the stage, security personnel were vigilant (and cranky) about thwarting fans' attempts and photos and video. While they were just doing their jobs, their somewhat vain efforts were taking place at a concert happening in the year 2012."

Yes, let's just accept that every concert-goer has zero regard for the people around them at this point. A-holes!

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 12:33 PM

Hey at least you didn't have to stand behind the retro hipster, who instead of holding up an iPhone held up his sketching pad and charcoal bits. Couldn't see the whole night.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 12:54 PM

that is indeed one ugly poster

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 12:54 PM

>>Illuminati bullshit poster; no wonder Bob rejected that. <<

Bob has used an All Seeing Eye backdrop for many years now.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 12:57 PM

He has done more than all of these BV commenter's combined will ever do.

*Some people still go to concerts to see the artist, not to be seen.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 1:04 PM

By the third time I saw him, I had more fun moseying around watching the people watch "Bob Dylan"...

Posted by Michael V. | September 5, 2012 1:05 PM

^ dumb as fuck right there

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 1:35 PM

Tempest is a great album.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 2:03 PM

@2:03 - Yup.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 2:29 PM

dylan was dylan - what are you gonna do. But the mix was pretty whack. Dylan's piano and guitar were way too loud and the rest of the band seemed to quiet. I don't think I heard a note the pedal steel player played all night. The drummer and bass player were killing but they were too soft.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 3:25 PM

the piano was giving me a fucking headache after awhile, and it had nothing to do with the bum notes Bob was hitting on it

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 4:16 PM

dylan has sucked for at least 37 years

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2012 11:36 PM

yeah but he was great for like twelve of those years

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2012 12:12 AM

but 2 or 3 of those years were vague

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2012 12:28 AM

This man is the definition of an aesthetically beautiful songwriter. Everyman should aspire to make an impact in his field as long as Bob. This set is awesome! Check him out on Vevo http://vevo.ly/Q0MjN2

Posted by Bob | September 11, 2012 1:25 PM

Were you among the fortunate ones to witness Dylan reopen The Cap? What did you think of his set — and the renovated theater? Or, if you didn't see the show, which song would you have most wanted to hear? Let us know with comments and votes in the poll below.

Posted by Jocuri cu masini | October 4, 2012 4:01 AM

VERY NICE THANKS

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Posted by dentist lakeway tx | February 27, 2013 7:11 AM

Love Bob Dylan! and this time I will! it will come to São Paulo! I'll be there for sure! huhuhuhu

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