It's Bob in 'Nam, Man!


After all the controversy surrounding Dylan's gigs in China, his show in Ho Chi Minh City followed suit with some of his best-known tracks not making the set list. But songs like It Ain't Me Babe, Highway 61, Like a Rolling Stone, Forever Young and A Simple Twist of Fate were all performed with that rasping voice that Dylan has, quite literally, rasped to perfection.

The fact that the unwilling face of the 1960s anti-war movement can still produce the goods live on stage was appreciated by a crowd of around 5,000. But with blues chords and a lack of direct crowd interaction running through the entire set, many left unsatisfied. Then there was the issue of the much more expensive VIP tickets versus the normal priced entrance - many thought that the price differential between the former and the latter was unjustified.

But this writer, as with our resident music writer at The Word, thought that Dylan was awesome. Dressed in a single-breasted blue suit, a red shirt and a dinky tie, the jazz-hatted singer moved effortlessly from guitar back to keyboards and then onto the harmonica. And then, of course, was his three-song encore and the tightness of his impressive support band.

So, tell us your thoughts in the comment section below. Was it worth the hype? Or did you think we deserved more?

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