Arguably the most prolific song writer of our time, Bob Dylan has recently been captivating audiences with exciting live shows in support of his forty-third and latest album Love and Theft. Playing in front of a talented quintent featuring Larry Campbell (guitar, banjo, mandolin and violin), Charlie Sexton (guitar), Tony Garnier (bass), Augie Meyers (organ and accordion) and David Kemper (drums), Dylan's recent fall shows have included over twenty songs and two and a half hours of favored classics mixed with selections from the new release. Last fall's tour took Dylan and his band across the country from San Francisco to New York including a sell-out stop at Madison Square Garden.

After a brief break, Dylan will now bring his latest road show down south for a four-night stand in Florida at the end of January and beginning of February. Shows on the tour of the sunshine state include Jan. 31 at the TD Waterhouse Center in Orlando, Feb. 1 at the National Car Rental Center in Sunrise, Feb.2 at the Ice Place in Tampa and Feb. 5 at the Memorial Coliseum in Jacksonville. This will mark the first time Dylan has appeared in Florida since 1999, which included another acclaimed multi-show run.

Although the setting of these shows will not be intimate, as the smallest venue on the run holds around 10,000 people, the concerts will exemplify Dylan in his recent element dazzling audiences in the rock arena as he once did in the mid 1970's. The full sound of his band with three guitars and an array of other string instruments leaves no opportunity for complaint in this live show, and the rough edge of Dylan's voice invokes an intriguing element of originality and respect for the sixty years behind the revolutionary song and dance man.

Bob Dylan will soon add more dates to his southern tour and will travel to Europe to continue his tour in the spring.

Jedd Ferris
JamBase | Gainesville, FL
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[Published on: 12/24/01]

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