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Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 06/14/2005

Bob in Bowie

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No offense to the fine folks of Bowie, Md., but it's not often that I find myself wanting to head out there from Arlington in the middle of rush hour. But tonight, nothing will stop me. That's because the one and only Bob Dylan will bring his never-ending tour (17 years and counting) to Prince George's Stadium. He's even bringing old buddy Willie Nelson along as an opening act. (I think it's safe to assume -- despite their recent collaboration -- Jessica Simpson will not be in the house.)

This is the second straight summer the two legends are teaming up to hit minor league baseball stadiums across the country. Last year's closest stop was in Aberdeen, Md., and despite a torrential downpour it was a great way to spend a summer evening. With the show held in a baseball stadium (stage set up in centerfield) and kids under 12 admitted for free, it was certainly not your typical concert-going experience, which seems to be exactly what Dylan is going for.

Will tonight's show be as vital as, say, the April 1966 show from Australia that I'm listening to right now? Of course not. The fact that Dylan shifted from playing guitar to electric piano about three years ago has put a minor damper on things. His voice is as rough as ever; unless you know the words to the songs, you might not understand anything he says. But his backing band is the tightest in the business, and you're guaranteed to get at least a handful of classics (recent setlists have boasted "Maggie's Farm," "Highway 61 Revisited," "Just Like a Woman," and "The Times They Are A-Changin'") and, well, it's Bob Dylan. He's the Shakespeare of our time! At least according to dangerous obsessives likes myself.

Tickets are still available for the general admission show, which starts at 6:30. It'll be worth the trek. And haven't you been meaning to visit Bowie anyway?

--David

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If the rest of their tour is as lackluster as the show in Norwich, Ct. last night, everybody just stay home. We were excited about the concert as was the rest of the crowd but that soon went away. Willie lacked energy and Bob Dylan played what sounded like the same song over and over. He played none of the oldies and a large part of the crowd left before he was done.

Posted by: Jacki | June 22, 2005 9:45 PM | Report abuse

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