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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.

■ Tick­ets from Tick­et­mas­ter Com­pe­ti­tion by Fill The House Tick­ets project — sup­port­ing fam­i­lies of chil­dren with can­cer. Email your name, ad­dress and day­time tele­phone num­ber(s) to hn­fth­comps@gmail.com, with “Bob Dy­lan’ in the sub­ject, by midday Fri­day, June 1.

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

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