Bob Dylan isn't giving out press credentials for his current tour, so we turned to our readers
to supply some perspective on the Friday night show in Akron.
Here, we relay a few nice glimpses into the show at EJ Thomas Hall:
Ellen Ranaudo: Tonight's concert in Akron was phenomenal! Mavis Staples was a powerhouse...her voice is so strong and bluesy...loved her!
Dylan is amazing. No nostaglia, just Bobby ... why try and change him now!! The music never stopped ... the lighting dimmed...the band morphed into the next song. It was a wonderful concert...loved him when he was younger...still love our unofficial Poet Laureate!
Joseph Arnett: To be honest, even as a big Dylan fan, a particular strong reason to go see a Bob show is to say you saw Bob. To tell the grandkids one day that you saw the most important American songwriter. However, Dylan's dabbling in the old American standards has added a new and fantastic element to his live show. Instead of simply singing the hits with a voice lost past its prime (combined with varying arrangements that can make the simple act of identifying the song playing a challenge), Dylan is now a raspy-voiced soulful crooner that turns his weathered voice into an undeniable strength. Bob has reinvented himself again and made his live performance a genuinely enjoyable experience rather that a mere pilgrimage.
Cressida92: Detached Dylan had some good moments at the sold out concert at E.J. Thomas in Akron on November 3. The band was tight and talented. There were too many oldie goldie pensive cover songs by music legends like Sinatra, Bennett, Coleman, and Montand. The music loyalists listened intently to the melancholy troubadours reworked classics and new songs. The tour name is revealing about this music icons aloof demeanor Never Ending Tour.