amazing how things get so tangled up around here nowadays. This lot has
arrived just before JG3 (John Green Day 3 to those less informed) and
this brings with it a flurry of work. If you havenít guessed by now my
enthusiasm at times needs a boost and lately more so than before.
Dear old JRS may worry and fret and generally annoy the hell out
of me but he plods on regardless, testimony to why our little magazine
has lasted so long already I have no doubt.
As you, dear reader know, I have had many troubles with this
these days. The old ďwhy are we doing this?Ē plea you know. Recent
times have seen me pushing further and further into other music and less
and less inclined to spend so long on Bob alone, some would say that is
good, others not. I made a very conscious move to cut back on all these
peripheral activities, I have come to terms with my being a collector
first and an article writer second, but I have often tried to reverse
those goals as it was what seemed to be needed.
It has taken me a lot of time to get around to being who I am and just
letting others accept it as it is, and that means cutting down on the
non collecting stuff. Believe
me that has been hard and pretty unpopular but itís starting to happen
now. Which hopefully will result in more quality time for things
that I want to be more involved in.
soul searching of my own aside, howís Bob doiní this year? Well not
bad actually. Based on what
I have heard I canít see the year going down as a classic, but its no
bummer either. Dylan sounds in fair voice, and the band are generally
pretty solid too. The Oz shows seem to feature more prominent keyboards
than the Novemebr 2002 shows, but I would say that whilst thereís more
of it, itís not necessarily as good. Of course the loss of Sexton has
resulted in a need to pull in the reins a bit, the band are less
adventurous and the set lists are far more predictable. Probbaly to help
break in the new guitarist. Or is that guitarist(s)?
Once again Dylan
would appear to be
rehearsing these people on stage. To my ears that is a rather
unprofessional thing to do.
if you ever read this (perish the thought) then for Godís sake stop
doing that. Your audience, and more importantly your music requires you
to take better care of things. I like change, itís a healthy though
sometimes painful thing, but the wrinkles should be resolved before you
hit the road, not after.
Oz they got Billy Burnette.
Billy seemed to settle in quite quickly and after a very hesitant first
night was playing some nice guitar. He lacked Charlieís fire but had a
blues tinge to his playing that I thought would fit ok with Larry
Campbell. But I guess it was not to be, by the time the tour got America
again Billy has left to be replaced by the altogether different
Freddie Koella. Freddie is a much quieter player, almost
regressing to rhythm guitar on some of the songs. This allows Larry to
shine a lot more. I find this a two edged sword. Whilst missing the
clash of heavy metal from their sound, Freddie is giving Larry the
chance to play more mandolin as well as some more tasteful guitar
playing. Like Billy he seems to have settled in pretty fast and by the
end of April (I havenít heard any May shows yet) he has feels
confident enough to take Larry on for some guitar duelling. This is all
down at low volume level and I cannot see it being as obviously
appealing as the pyrotechnics we got when Larry and Charlie jammed with
each other. Time will tell who has fell.
course the lower volume brings Dylan more to the fore than usual
and I think therefore the US shows have the edge on the Oz ones, but
thatís not to say better, just different guitarists.
more on that later.
Till Next Time
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