UTAH TURNS BOB DYLAN INTO A GRINNING, MIC-STAND-GRABBING SHOWMAN
Bob Dylan can still surprise you.
He’s given us bad surprises, like acting in that embarrassing “Hearts of Fire” movie. Weird surprises, like when he turned up in a Victoria’s Secret commercial leering creepily at a decades-younger lingerie-clad model.
Funny surprises, like his cameos in “Dharma & Greg” and “Pawn Stars.” And did-that-really-happen surprises: Hunt up the segment on the “Theme Time Radio Hour” series he had in the aughts, where Dylan — Poet of a Generation — blurts out “Fo’ shizzle my nizzle.”
But since embarking on his “never-ending tour” in 1988, his shows haven’t incited much passion. Much as with Van Morrison concerts these days, you never know what you’ll get. I’ve seen Dylan on nights when he’s looked completely uninterested, as if he wanted to be anywhere else but onstage, going through the motions and running off to his tour bus.
Rare have been wonderful nights like Tuesday at the Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City, where Dylan played the first of a two-night stand, which continues with a sold-out show Wednesday.
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