Bob Dylan @ Oslo, Norway – October 1, 2015 .. 4 Concert debuts! – updated with full concert audio

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Jeeze what a start for the fall tour..

4 debuts! A band in spectacular form (and this is the first show of this leg) & Bob in great spirits, some downers as expected, but brilliant in between.

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Oslo, Norway
Oslo Konserthus
October 1, 2015

  • Bob Dylan (vocal, grand piano & keyboard)
  • Stu Kimball (guitar)
  • Charlie Sexton (guitar)
  • Donnie Herron (violin, mandolin, steel guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • George Recile (drums & percussion)

Setlist, our thoughts & some audio:

I’m A Fool To Want You:

Egil Hallgeir
1 Things Have Changed 4/6. Great start.. Not a surprise, tight band, good vocal..  4
2 She Belongs To Me 4/6. Solid version. Vocal lacking a bit punch.  4
3 Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ 5/6 Lovely performance. Dylan more alive, band rising.. Sexton shining  4
4 The Night We Called It A Day 5/6 Great performance overall. AND a debut!!  4
5 Duquesne Whistle 3/6 Dylan lacking energy, band performing good.  5
6 Why Try To Change Me 4/6 Another debut!! (Shadows) Lively Dylan, good band. Exciting.  4
7 Pay In Blood 4/6 Solid PIB.
.. another politician pumping out the piss.. indeed.
8 I’m A Fool To Want You 5/6 The Shadows material are great so far. Band & Bobby shining.  4
9 Tangled Up In Blue 5/6 Great 2015 version of TUIB! Lovely. Bob’s vocal loosing his edge last ~3min..  5
10 High Water (For Charley Patton) 4/6 Slow start.. nice finish.  5
11 Full Moon and Empty Arms 4/6 Nice perfomance. Again Shadows material shining.  4
12 Early Roman Kings 3/6 Jeeze.. bright lights on stage. OK performance of an OK song.
Some nice licks from Sexton.
13 Come Rain or Come Shine 3/6 (shadows outtake). Surprise, another debut.. short.. BUT this time neither the band nor Dylan convinced me.
My initial grade was 2.. but listening to the audio today, it sounds better.
14 Spirit On The Water 3/4 Solid, good, yes, .. but..  5
15 Scarlet Town 6/6 Here we are!! FANTASTIC version! Crisp vocal.. no shit. Band shining. They really nailed this one.
16 All Or Nothing At All 3/6 (Shadows outtake) Yet another debut!  But again didn’t convince me.  4
17 Long And Wasted Years 4/6 Can’t go wrong on this one. Not a Great LAWY, but still.. 5
18 Autumn Leaves 6/6 WONDERFUL version. Everthing clicked, band, vocal, audience.. my body started shaking..
Best performance today.
19 Blowin’ In The Wind 4/6 Solid.. as always. 5
20 Love Sick 5/6 Slow start (3/6), but grew to a spectacular finish. Great arrangement.. Brilliant band performance.
Dylan shining in the last couple of minutes.


4. The Night We Called It A Day
Debut in concert – also played publicly 5/19/2015 (New York City, USA, Letterman show)

6. Why Try To Change Me
Debut – (from Shadows)

13. Come Rain or Come Shine
Debut – Shadows outtake

16. All Or Nothing At All
Debut – Shadows outtake

First 9 songs:

Last 11 songs:

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Check out:

-Egil & Hallgeir

19 thoughts on “Bob Dylan @ Oslo, Norway – October 1, 2015 .. 4 Concert debuts! – updated with full concert audio”

  1. Why?
    50 years and 200+ concerts, it just had to happen: boring, boring, boring.
    unless he improve tonight the highlight of the London week will be West Ham vs. Chelsea. 5 nights with Sinatras not to look forward to.

  2. Damn this sounds so good!! Love to hear the warm audience reception. Can’t wait to see Bob again.

  3. “Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar, grand piano & keyboard)”

    Surely Bob has not started playing guitar again? If he did, this would be the big news from the tour?!?!?!

    1. nice to see the setlist changing,when was the last concert played guitar on stage,?a friend tells me he has arthritis in his hands,if you watch bob he only plays chords on the organ ,perhaps im wrong whats yours thoughts?

  4. Shalom & Boker tov … Shabtai Zisel / ‘Bob Dylan’ has not played acoustic guitar in public since 9 February 2010, electric guitar since 9 November 2012. Prior to November 2012, to see him attempt to play was sad, his obviously arthritic pain causing him to not bending his fingers to fret the strings, thereby creating notes. Instead, his fingers were extended stiffly like a ‘slide’, the guitar in open tuning. The last time I have documentation for him holding a guitar in public, was during the 11 July 2015 sound check. He sat there, holding an electric guitar, trying to strum, finger joints noticably swollen.
    You list him playing the guitar. On which songs? Do you have photographs?
    STEPHAN PICKERING / חפץ ח”ם בן אברהם
    Torah אלילה Yehu’di Apikores / Philologia Kabbalistica Speculativa Researcher
    לחיות זמן רב ולשגשג


  5. I can’t help but feel some fear, if this is what is taking shape for this tour. I liked the endearing Shadows as a curiosity, nicely executed, but not what I find most enthralling in Dylan and his current Band. The inclusion of some of its songs worked so well last time, but this for me is a bit too much, and I already payed for Amsterdam 200 euro, hope I won’t regret it… But Scarlet Town already was a live favourite for me! Well, we’ll see how his magic will work… the theatre is the best setting for him now!

    1. Maybe he will do his Sinatra themed shows at the smaller more intimate venues, it suits the setting. I have been sceptical to this “experiment” as well, but live, with a more pronounced rhythm section than on the album, it was great!

    2. When considering the magnificent magic a small theatre setting can induce, I don’t think one can find a better way to spend two green-colored euro banknotes then on the Royal Square, aka het Koninklijk Theater Carré right on the romantic canal….I’m jealous of all those holding tix for that event at walking distance from the Amstel Hotel….for me it even beats the RAH!

  6. Nice review, glad you enjoyed it! Interesting that you loved Scarlet Town because while that’s one of my favorites off Tempest I thought it lacked a lot of energy live when I saw him in Philly. How do you know those other 2 tracks were Shadows outtakes? Is there a list out there of songs that didn’t make the album? I know Lanois said he had another album’s worth of material but I wasn’t aware of any tracks being mentioned.

    1. I had NOT expected such lovely “Scarlet Town” at all.. listening to the concerts from the 2 previous legs, Scarlet Town was never a highlight for me, but yesterday – fantastic.
      Outtakes – reading & using logic 🙂 Those songs are certainly “shadows” related. I could be wrong.. but doubt it 😉

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