Friday, November 10, 2006

The New Dylan

In his point-of-a-gun post yesterday, Muzzlehatch bemoaned the fact that a new doco called Bob Dylan's 1966 World Tour doesn't have much to do with Bob Dylan, let alone Bob Dylan's music.

If anybody wants to know what Dylan and The Band sounded like in the fateful year of 1966, they can buy the 'official bootleg' of that legendary 'Judas' concert in Manchester, or they can save themselves twenty-odd dollars and head down to Hamilton's Sohl Bar tonight to check out the Dylan Storey Band. Axe-wielding Storey is at least as scruffy as his famous namesake, and his cohorts - a typically impassive bass player, a mulleted, swooning keyboardist, and a very sweaty drummer - have that swirling organ, crashing guitar, semi-audible vocals 1966 sound down to a tee, even if they throw in a few other influences, like dodgy '70s metal Gods Black Sabbath and soft rock merchants the Doobie Brothers.

Dylan and the band played at Auckland's Wine Cellar last night on the first date of a tour that will take them through the wilds of the Waikato, Taranaki, and Wanganui districts to Wellington. One of the boys' best songs is 'Lucky Land', which carries the immortal refrain 'I don't feel like, I don't feel like changin'.

Why should they?

PS: The photo at the top of this post shows Dylan performing at 'Milk and Honey', an event held during the recent war in Lebanon to show solidarity with Auckland's Lebanese and Palestinian communities. I hope he wasn't playing 'Neighbourhood Bully'.


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