musicians, Dylan has turned to the standards. “It sounded more like he was wrestling Stormy Weather than singing it, but when he ended the pre-encore portion of the night with Autumn Leaves he set a cool, mysterious (albeit slightly creepy) mood. Dylan crooning standards isn’t quite Sid Vicious singing My Way, but it’s in the ballpark,” said Brent Hallenbeck. “Dylan and the band came out for the encore with a slow, contemplative take on perhaps his best-known song, Blowin’ in the Wind. Much as Leonard Cohen did in his later years, Dylan is essentially covering his own songs, giving them a spin that reflects who he is now, not who he was then. That’s just what (fan) Lyndon Johnson — the man named for the president in office during Dylan’s prime years of the 1960s — was talking about: Dylan is going to keep doing his songs the way he wants to. He was the freewheelin’ Bob Dylan in 1963. He’s the freewheelin’ Bob Dylan now.” Don’t miss out on a performance for the ages.
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Well folks, just when we thought we had P!nk pegged and told you she’d just announced her fifth show she goes and steals a march on us all and announces another one! That’s right, a sixth (and we’re told final) show has now gone on sale. So we’re giving you a further chance to win a copy of her current album Beautiful Trauma as the ideal precursor to her upcoming shows. It contains singles and top tracks such as What About Us, Beautiful Trauma, Revenge, Secrets, For Now, Barbies and I Am Here. Expect to see those and hits and fan favourites such as Get The Party Started, Just Like A Pill, Try, Just Give Me A Reason, Just Like Fire, F**kin’ Perfect (the clean version!), Raise Your Glass, Bow Me (One Last Kiss), So What and Glitter In The Air among others, performed at the show. There’s been a lot said about her live show, the first time she will have graced our shores since 2007. Apparently, the enduring pop star is at one point suspended upside-down and dangling above the crowd, supported only by a dancer-acrobat clutching her left foot. Reportedly there was no harness (that might have to change in NZ!) as she climbs onto the muscular man, posing and twirling, somehow maintaining a level of sensuality through it all. Oh, and she’s singing live the entire time — on key and belting. This is real danger, folks. And the thrill that accompanies it, and bleeds into the rest of this marvellous two-hour performance, is something of electrifying, addictive wonder. Through dynamic stunts, thoughtful