Dy­lan dou­ble pass to win

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Yes folks, the ru­mour mill was spot on when it pre­dicted an im­mi­nent re­turn to NZ of the in­com­pa­ra­ble Bob Dy­lan. Bet­ter still we have a dou­ble pass up for grabs for you to wit­ness first hand the en­chant­ment, the en­ter­tain­ment and the enigma that is Bob Dy­lan.

In a ca­reer span­ning six decades, Bob Dy­lan’s im­pact on pop­u­lar mu­sic and cul­ture is im­mea­sur­able. He is re­spon­si­ble for some of the most in­flu­en­tial al­bums of all time, in­clud­ing The Free­wheelin’ Bob Dy­lan, High­way 61 Re­vis­ited and Blonde on Blonde, and his so­cially and po­lit­i­cally charged sin­gles, Blowin’ In The Wind and The Times They Are A-Changin’ are widely con­sid­ered among the most im­por­tant songs in mod­ern mu­sic. The ‘voice of a gen­er­a­tion’ boasts an un­par­al­leled reper­toire, in­clud­ing time­less clas­sics, Like A Rolling Stone, Tan­gled Up In Blue, Knockin’ On Heav­ens Door, Girl From The North Coun­try and Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right

Much has been said about Dy­lan’s cur­rent per­for­mances – a fan Lyn­don (mid­dle name James not Baines) John­son who has seen Dy­lan a dozen times, put it like this: “He con­tin­ues to rein­vent him­self and present the same lyrics in a dif­fer­ent man­ner. You just feel you’re stand­ing in front of great­ness. I want to be there as long as I can. Ab­so­lutely seize ev­ery op­por­tu­nity you can get,” John­son said, not­ing that Dy­lan’s best years were about a half-cen­tury ago. “I’m sure that the Dy­lan of 1966 is dif­fer­ent than the Dy­lan of 2017, but the core is still there.” Re­view­ers have noted that like other vet­eran 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 who went on to add.

“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.

Don’t miss out on what prom­ises be a performance for the ages.

Tick­ets from Tick­et­mas­ter

Com­pe­ti­tion by Fill The House Tick­ets pro­ject — proudly 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 22.

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