The Dough Rollers
@ The Fox Theater, Oakland
August 24, 2010
Better than: Anyone had a right to expect.
You never really know what you might get into with a Bob Dylan show. The “Poet Laureate of Rock 'n' Roll,” as he was introduced at the Fox Theater last night, often packs his live sets with a few favored warhorses, tosses in a tune or two from his much-maligned Christian period, and ignores songs from his latest releases. Which is partly why last night's classic-packed performance at the Fox left us thrilled. Not only did Dylan load his nearly two-hour show with far more transcendent vintage numbers (“Visions of Johanna”! “Masters of War”!) than we expected to hear, but he played both old and new tunes through the lens of the crackling blues-rock in which he and his band have been working for the last few years. Even if there was nary a folkie moment to be found, last night's simmering rock show made for as good a Dylan concert as anyone could ask for.