The enigma that is Bob Dylan returned to the Rockhal on Saturday night in correlation with the release of his 38th studio album, "Triplicate".
The album, like his previous
albums "Shadows in the Night" and "Fallen Angels", honours the Great American Songbook, a catalogue of the most
important and influential American popular songs from the early 20th century.
The songs 'Stormy Weather' and Frank Sinatra's 'I Could Have Told You' were included in the set, played to a sold-out audience that was as diverse in age as Dylan's repertoire.
His performance was
eccentric as ever, focusing on reinventing songs, musical arrangements and
As is Dylan's custom, little attention was paid to the packed
crowd -- not even a 'thank you' was audible.
Dylan opened with new takes on some
of his classics like 'Highway 61 Revisited' and 'Don't Think Twice, It's Alright' before moving on to his recent covers of
Yves Montand's melancholy 'Autumn Leaves', and Johnny Mercer's 'That Old Black Magic'.
His band was flawless as ever, harmonising with Dylan's keyboard and vocals, producing what he has termed as, "Big-band-orchestrated riffs" and melodic harmonies.
At times, his vocals
seemed raspier than on his last visit in 2011, but, at 75, that is not
The lyrics and the melodies were still as powerful as ever, confirming his legendary status as a songwriter and literary Nobel Prize winner.
Maybe as a nod to some of his younger fans, Dylan's encore included a new arrangement of 'Blowin' in the Wind' and the finale 'Ballad of a Thin Man'.
General feelings about the concert may have been mixed, but there was little argument about one thing -- Dylan remains one of the most influential singer songwriters of our time, and the opportunity to see him perform live was an opportunity few would miss.
Note: No journalists or photographers were permitted at the Bob Dylan concert at the Rockhal by his management. This review was done 'undercover'.