Uptown in the News
March 8, 2004
A spoken introduction greeted Bob Dylan as he began his four-night Chicago residency over the weekend: "The voice of the '60s counterculture … written off as a has-been at the end of the '80s …"
Then Dylan walked onstage at the sold-out Aragon Ballroom and went right to work casting off his past yet again --- this time presenting himself as a shaky blues keyboardist in a white cowboy hat and black suit. Instead of his trademark guitar-and-harmonica presentation, he poked and jabbed at the electric piano, his third-best instrument. He's played better shows in Chicago in recent years, but give him this: He's not simply repeating himself. For better or worse, just as Neil Young had done earlier in the week with his audience-dividing "Greendale" project, Dylan refuses to knuckle under to the nostalgia business.
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