by the Forward

Bob Dylan Turned in One of His Best Performances

Going into Bob Dylan’s concert at Tanglewood on July 2, 2016, I was prepared to hate it, having absolutely no interest in hearing him sing Frank Sinatra songs live (or on record, for that matter). Leave it to Dylan, then, to perform a scorching two-hour show. He alternated some of his moodiest, angriest, late-period rockers with pre-rock standards (most written by Jewish songwriters) that, in context with his own compositions and given the same intense delivery as songs like “Things Have Changed” and “Pay in Blood,” had the same apocalyptic impact in what turned out to be one of his all-time best performances.

- Seth Rogovoy
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Dylan at Tanglewood

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