Bob Dylan gave his 101st live show at Fuji Rock Festival on the 40th anniversary since his first visit to Japan

2018.08.22 | Niigata

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan performed at Fuji Rock Festival '18 on July 29. This was his first performance at rock festival in Japan, and also his 101st live here till the 40th anniversary since his first visit to Japan.


It was exceptional situation that any performance wasn't played during Bob's performance. When it started getting dark, Bob appeared on the green stage at 6:50pm, a little earlier than scheduled. The performance started with "Things Have Changed", which got Academy Award for Best Original Song. Bob fascinated the audiences with his powerfulvoice, with his hair waving in the wind sometimes blowing hard. The set list of the privious performance in 2016 was constructed by almost standard cover songs as if it was American Songbook. However, the set list for this festival was well-balanced and selected by decade: 6 songs from 1960s, 2 songs from 1970s, 3 songs from 1990s, 3 songs from 2000s and 2 songs from 2010s.


Although only 2 songs from 60's were played at the privious show in Japan, he sang lots of hits such as "It Ain't Me, Babe", "Highway 61 Revisited", "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right", "Desolation Row" and even a super rare 70's song "When I Paint My Masterpiece"(It's recorded in the album "Cahoots" by "The Band". Bob recorded it in his album "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol.Ⅱ" in 1971.).


At the last show in Soul, Korea, Bob showed guitar play. Although he did neither play a guitar nor sing at the center on the stage as he did last time, he played all songs with piano instead at Fuji Rock Festival. Moreover, although he has rarely played harmonica since last tour, he performed it with "Make You Feel My Love", "Ballad Of A Thin Man " and "Blowin' In The Wind". Before the performance, he didn't speak anything. After "Blowin' In The Wind" finished, he looked around arena carefully and left the stage showing his pleased face.


Bob showed lots of songs which have got better by arranging the way to sing, and also "Bob Dylan keep evolving" as well. As projecting is recently prohibitted in other countries, this miraculous fixed point shooting enabled the audiences to see his facial expression, posture, smile and even him bows casually.


【Bob Dylan 2018/7/29 Fuji Rock Festival '18 Setlist】
1. Things Have Changed (Bob on Piano) ("Wonder Boys" (OST) 2001)
2. It Ain't Me, Babe( "Another Side of Bob Dylan" 1964)
3. Highway 61 Revisited("Highway 61 Revisited" 1965)
4. Simple Twist Of Fate("Blood on the Tracks" 1975)
5. Duquesne Whistle("Tempest" 2012)
6. When I Paint My Masterpiece("Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. Ⅱ)
7. Honest With Me("Love and Theft" 2001)
8. Tryin' To Get To Heaven("Time Out of Mind" 1997)
9. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right("The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" 1963)
10. Thunder On The Mountain("Modern Times" 2005)
11. Make You Feel My Love("Time Out of Mind" 1997)
12. Early Roman Kings("Tempest" 2012)
13. Desolation Row("Highway 61 Revisited" 1965)
14. Love Sick("Time Out of Mind" 1997)
15. Ballad Of A Thin Man ("Highway 61 Revisited" 1965)
16. Blowin' In The Wind ("The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" 1963)


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