by Taryn Alessandro
The aroma of incense filled the MGM Grand Theater during 67-year-old legend, Bob Dylan, and his band’s concert on Friday, August 15. Die hard Dylan fans flocked to MGM Grand at Foxwoods to get their fix, stepping into a 40-year time warp upon entering the theater.
Psychedelic lighting and a giant compass rose on the floor set the scene for Bob and his band, who played some unexpected selections that night. They opened with “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat.” With a musical history like Bob’s, set list possibilities are endless. This set list variation included “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight,” “Chimes of Freedom,” “I Believe in You,” “Just Like a Woman,” a crowd favorite, “ ‘Til I Fell in Love With You,” a personal favorite, and “Thunder On The Mountain.” For the encore, fans begged and pleaded for “Spirit on the Water,” but instead, Bob gave us his classic, “Like a Rolling Stone,” and ended with the song Jimi Hendrix made famous, “All Along the Watchtower.”
Bob’s multi-talented band, since 2005, consists of Stu Kimball on guitar, Donnie Herron on the pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, electric mandolin, banjo, and fiddle, Denny Freeman on the guitar and slide guitar, Tony Garnier on the bass guitar and standup bass, and George Receli on the drums. “Old Bob’s voice doesn’t get any better, but his band sure does,” says Trevor Wilson, of Putnam, who sat next to me during the show. “Dylan is the best songwriter that ever lived.”
In April 2008, Dylan was awarded a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation for his “profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.