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Is it only me...?

Hi! I have been thinking about the NET and my question is: Is it only me whos beginning to think its time to quit? Or at least take a healthy brake and re-charge the batteries, because I think they are running out and are almost empty by now. I read an interesting review last fall. Interesting mostly because it was negative about a Dylan show! At first I didnt think much of it, but then I sat down and read it more carefully. The author of the article had a few good points and one of them was that "neither Dylan or his fans, benefit in any way by saying everything is great without exception". "This only leads to a continuing of the tour were a tired and uninspired Dylan performs inferior versions of his greatest hits". Im not saying that theres nothing worthwhile in a Dylan performance today, but I think the reviewers thoughts have some substance after all. I saw Bob in Copenhagen in april last year and my reaction was positive, but nothing more. A fair and enjoyable show but a step backwards compared to shows from recent years. When I got some bootlegs from the fall shows in the US, I was not at all impressed! The "piano" tour is (in my opinion) a boring experience and save for a few "funny" covers, its not a pleasant listening at all. The thing you could hope for was that this idea about playing piano was a temporary "blackout", but recent shows in Australia are following the same path. I know its controversial to criticize "His Bobness" and when you do it in a forum like this, I guess Im asking for trouble! But Im curious about what other fans think about this? Even if its great to have the opportunity to see Bob Dylan in concert almost every year, wouldnt it be better if he put together a tour every second or third year instead? In doing so, Im pretty sure he would be more motivated and more determined to put on a great show than he seems to be at the moment. My personal opinion is that the NET was at its peak between 1997-2000. After that, I think its good but not exceptional and the latest shows are pale in comparison. Let me know if you think Im wrong or not.



Magnus.