Birmingham NEC, UK
November 21, 2003
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I have two sources for this show, you can read the info here.
To Be Alone With You
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
Love Minus Zero/No Limit
It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
Bye And Bye
Highway 61 Revisited
Boots Of Spanish Leather (acoustic)
Cold Irons Bound (Bob on piano)
The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll (acoustic)
Honest With Me
Every Grain Of Sand
Cat’s In The Well
Like A Rolling Stone
All Along The Watchtower
5 thoughts on “Bob Dylan – Birmingham, England (11/21/03)”
thanks for filling another missing lossless date. However being familiar with all the London performances, my expectations of this are pretty low. Whatever magic or spirits of the past, which made the german shows so special, seemed to have largely evaporated by the time Bob reached our shores. Back to laryngitus, whoopin’, wheezin’, raspin’ and that dreadful ‘upsinging’ at the end of the majority of lines.
Between all the UK shows you could find enough stellar material for one killer compilation. However inbetween there was a helluva lot of dross also. Sorry Mr Thousand Highways (love your site and your selections/opinions usually) but the majority of Europe 2003 was just pants!
Can’t remember ever hearing this particular gig. I would so love to be wrong, it would hardly be the first time that Bob has surprised me after all.
I’ve not really sat down with this, but a very brief precursory listen found it to be pretty typical from what I’ve heard off of this tour. Which is to say not very good. I’m pretty sure I caught him for the very first time on this tour (Indianapolis if memory serves) and I was so disappointed. His voice was just terrible.
We went to Sheffield the night before. Embarrassing. Third and last time, it just seems he has been pushing his audiences to the limit of accepting his insulting performances.
As I noted above I caught Bob around this time as well and it was a rough show. But I’ve seen a couple of times since then and he’s been in much better form. The bootlegs from this most recent tour have found him in fine form. Naturally, your mileage may vary, and certainly, he’s no longer in his prime, but all things considered, I’d recommend giving some other shows past this date a chance.
Oops, wrong year! It was 2007 in Sheffield that we had to suffer.