Dylan rocks Chastain

ATLANTA — Move over Al Kooper. Mr. Dylan will take over from here.

Bob Dylan isn’t one to be relegated to the oldies circuit. Sure, his concerts feature any number of his greatest hits from his four-decade-long repertoire, but the poet laureate of American music has a unique knack for re-inventing even his most famous compositions.

Dylan brought the latest chapter to his storied music career to Atlanta’s Chastain Amphitheater on Thursday, and his band did not disappoint.

For the set list for Thursday’s concert, Dylan relied on both his classics (“Tangled Up in Blue,” “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” and “Like a Rolling Stone”) and tunes from the last decade (“Beyond Here Lies Nothin’,” “Sugar Baby,” and “Mississippi.”

For the better part of the past decade, Dylan has played keyboard during live concerts and in this latest tour, Dylan has elevated his game to a whole new level. His interplay with guitarist Charlie Sexton on “Highway 61 Revisited,” “The Levee’s Gonna Break” and “Thunder on the Mountain” was noting short of inspirational.

Dylan and his band sizzled, but they never overpowered the venue.

The set list for Thursday’s show:

  • Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35
  • Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
  • Things Have Changed
  • Tangled Up In Blue
  • Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
  • Mississippi
  • The Levee’s Gonna Break
  • Sugar Baby
  • Highway 61 Revisited
  • A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
  • Thunder On The Mountain
  • Ballad Of A Thin Man


  • Like A Rolling Stone
  • All Along The Watchtower

It’s impossible to know what Dylan was think during Thursday’s performance, but it sure looked like he was having fun — especially when he lit up the keyboard with one of his many solos.

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