Bob Dylan @ Newport 2002 – Photo Special

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Dylan’s response to all the media excitement was to wear a ludicrous wig and a ridiculous false beard. There was a reason for this, he had been wearing them to tape a music video for a Civil War film – Gods and Generals – but nevertheless even with that explanation it was quite a bizarre appearance. This did mean that, handily enough, although Bob was for once open to photographers taking his picture, they could only take a snap of a man in a false wig and a false beard.
-Andrew Muir (One More Night)

Fort Stage
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, Rhode Island
3 August 2002
Apple & Eve Newport Folk Festival

As quoted above “Bob was for once open to photographers taking his picture”, so there are lots of pictures available using a google image search.

Here are some of them:

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5 thoughts on “Bob Dylan @ Newport 2002 – Photo Special”

  1. I was there. Despite suggestions to the contrary by some, security were actively trying to stop photos being taken though a number of people with large professional long lens cameras were in the audience set a little way back from the stage and obviously got some quality shots thankfully.

  2. All of these photos are very funny in a very Bob Dylan-esque sort of way. I was in attendance at this concert in Newport and remember how the announcer, the stage manager, Al Santos I believe his name is, you know, the guy who says:

    “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the poet laureate of rock ‘n’ roll. The voice of the promise of the 60s counterculture. The guy who forced folk into bed with rock. Who donned makeup in the 70s and disappeared into a haze of substance abuse. Who emerged to find Jesus. Who was written off as a has-been by the end of the ’80s, and who suddenly shifted gears releasing some of the strongest music of his career beginning in the late ’90s. Ladies and gentlemen — Columbia recording artist Bob Dylan!”

    Hey, that guy. In an unpreceded lengthening of the announcement, before this concert, and on more than one occasion, the announcer said something like the following:

    “Ladies and Gentlemen, out of respect for the artist, Please, Please, Please ….There will be no photography whatsoever permitted of the artist at this particular venue. ”

    And then again, maybe five minutes before the show: “Please Ladies and Gentlemen, show some respect to the artist, and do not use any still or digital photography during this concert.”

    So then Dylan comes out on the stage and the place lights up with the sound and flashes of cameras as Dylan appears in this most unusual get up. So the audience completely ignored the stern directives of the announcer, even though they were delivered in all seriousness. And as we might expect, Dylan makes not the slightest reference to his usual appearance at any point in the show.

    I heard many concert goers, saying things like: “Has he been growing his hair out more lately?” A few reviewers bothered to check with the show that he did in Worchester a few days earlier and noted that his hair and beard were not as long at that time.

    It was quite awhile until the God’s and Generals movie came out and the Bob Dylan video of “Beyond the Green Mountain” and then it dawned on me…. Oh so that was where he got the wig and the beard…..from the prop people for the video.

    So surprisingly little was said about the hair or the beard until today, 14 years later. So yeah typical Bob Dylan humor.

    Doug Fox

  3. The title should not read ‘Woodstock’
    STEPHAN PICKERING / חפץ ח”ם בן אברהם
    Torah אלילה Yehu’di Apikores / Philologia Kabbalistica Speculativa Researcher
    לחיות זמן רב ולשגשג


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