When Saint Louis University’s Chaifetz Arena lit up on Thursday night, the larger than life living legend Bob Dylan took the stage. Looking rather healthy under a large white cowboy hat and donning a suit, Dylan served Saint Louis fans almost two hours of music.
Anyone who heard Dylan’s most recent Christmas album, knows his voice isn’t quite what it used to be, but Dylan himself doesn’t seem to mind, managing to gurgle through his entire set. Any rumors, however, that he can no longer play his instruments can be put to rest right away, because he still sounds just as vibrant on his guitar, harmonica, and even the piano, as ever before.
Dylan’s presence is intoxicating in itself, and the audience was feeding off the buzz of being in such close proximity to someone as legendary as Dylan. Though he played a heavy set, he stayed light on the classics treating the audience to Highway 64 Revisited and ending the night with Like a Rolling Stone.
Dylan’s career spans half a century and he is one of the most culturally influential figures in modern times. He is the reigning king of folk, rock n roll’s jester, and unarguably one of the greatest songwriters of all time. His show was a tribute to both the man and the legend and the fans were appreciative.