This was my first time seeing Bob Dylan and I was into it – simply because of that. My dad drove down and came to the show with me. I think he liked it more than I did. The Dylan set had some good moments (here’s the setlist) but I’ve seen him twice since, and both times were far better shows. This just felt a bit plodding. Patti Smith though – she was excellent. I went in a Dylan fan, came out a Patti Smith fan. I knew her music at this stage, but wasn’t as into her stuff as I am now. Paul Ubana Jones was the opening act – making this, in my mind anyway, something of a triple bill.
I wrote a review of this for Salient – the Vic Uni magazine. But that wasn’t why I was there. It was early reviewing days for me. I was trying to build a folio to get into Journalism School and reviews were part of that – so I took the opportunity to write something about this gig. But I was there as a paying customer, a fan first and foremost. I can’t remember what I wrote – but I’ve essentially summed it up just there, Ubana was cool, Patti was great, Dylan was Dylan. You got to see him – and that’s why you go. He’s been better (and possibly worse?) since. And that’s just how it is.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.