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COLUMN SEVENTY, APRIL 1, 2002
(Copyright 2002 Al Aronowitz)

LETTER FROM HOUSTON:
DYLAN AT THE RODEO

Subject: Bob
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 11:48:20 EST
From: KhunRum@aol.com
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com

Al,

Caught Dylan at the Houston Rodeo last night. Compared to the last three times I saw him this was a disappointment. Could it be that Bob is on Zanex? He looked totally blotto........Granted the Astrodome sucks for concerts and he only played 60 minutes but this was far from his best....It wasn't even mediocre .......And the tune selection could have been better.......The stuff from his new CD sounds like Bar Mitzvah music...BUT we have to be blessed every time we see him perform ...

Hey, whatever happened to his son? Was that a flash in the pan or what?

It probably wasn't Zanex but Old Age. Actually, in retrospect he wasn't that bad at all. I have been comparing notes with people who were there and the shitty venue (the Astrodome) contributed to a mediocre concert. Terrible sound. The only honest negative thing I can say about the evening is that Bob looked like shit.  What is he 60? He looks about 90...No, make that 100. But with his Hank Williams suit, white Stetson hat and pimp mustache he is the coolest looking 100 year old around.................... 

Friends who saw the show who are not hard-core Bob fans were off put that he didn't say anything during the concert. No "Hi Ya Doing Houston?? one hears from almost all entertainers. I told them I've seen 20 or so concerts and he rarely speaks.........He introduces the band maybe half the time........and when he does say something it is usually an inane  comment. I recall catching him in Newark about 1965-66. He said "I usually sing better than this but I just got over a bad case of leprosy."  ##

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