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Bob Dylan

With Jimmie Vaughan and Lou Ann Barton. Saturday, July 14, at the Plain Dealer Pavilion at Nautica, the Flats.

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Dylans Never Ending Tour stops at the Plain Dealer Pavilion  on Saturday.
  • Dylans Never Ending Tour stops at the Plain Dealer Pavilion on Saturday.
On June 22, Dylan kicked off the current leg of his Never Ending Tour with a two-night stand in Atlantic City. Before his July 14 stop in Cleveland, he will have performed in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Vermont, Michigan, and Toledo, as well as four dates in Canada.

At 66, Dylan has deflected the geriatric jokes aimed at most of his contemporaries by following in the footsteps of venerable blues and country troubadours like B.B. King and Johnny Cash, both of whom were never criticized for no longer looking 25. That's because they toured incessantly.

More interesting, however, is the critical and commercial success of Dylan's last three releases: Time Out of Mind, Love and Theft, and last year's Modern Times. On numerous Dylan-oriented websites, it is common for fans to ask Dylan to play more material from his recent albums -- something unthinkable for the Stones and Macca fans.

Reviews of these recent shows have been enthusiastic. Expect Dylan and his five-piece band to play a 16-song set -- a third of which will consist of recent material, with the rest coming from the first three decades of the greatest song catalog of the last half-century.

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