I have been compiling a list of performers I must see before they die for several years now. The Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival took care of a few of the big ones for me; namely B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Willie Nelson, Robert Cray, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Steve Winwood and, of course, Eric Clapton himself. I still have Dylan on the list. As crappy a performer I believe him to be, I don’t want to miss out. Years from now, I don’t want to feel envious and left out when Dylan does die (or just disappears without a word) and everyone who ever saw him comes crawling out to say, “I saw him at such and such venue, mumbly and blahdeblah.” I wanna be one of those douchebags!
Well, it looks like I will get my chance to cross Dylan off my list in a couple months. I just bought tickets to The Bob Dylan Show. There is nothing so awesome as a summer concert, the smells and sounds and the energy. Once I get my time machine working, I can go see a Jeff Buckley show, Bo Diddley, Janis Joplin, The Beatles, The Velvet Underground, Louis Armstrong and a whole pile of before-my-time acts.