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Bob Dylan Re-Opens Capitol Theatre with Rocking Set

Dylan played in Port Chester Tuesday night, a week before the release of his new CD, Tempest.

A few minutes after 8 p.m. Tuesday, Bob Dylan took the stage and performed “Watching The River Flow,” officially re-opening the .

Port Chester’s hosted many massive rock acts in the 1960s and 70s, including the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Janis Joplin and more, but closed in 1976. It was reopened in the 80s and hosted concerts sporadically into the 90s. For the last 15 years, it’s hosted weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs.

After two years of discussions, Marvin Ravikoff, owner of the building for the last 27 years, agreed to a lease with Peter Shapiro, who previously opened Brooklyn Bowl, a combo bowling alley/concert venue/restaurant in Williamsburg.

Tuesday’s sold-out Dylan concert was the first of announced for the Capitol going through April.

Dylan and his five-man backing band rocked the Capitol stage for about an hour and a half without a break, hitting such classics as “Highway 61 Revisited,” “All Along The Watch Tower” and “Shooting Star,” which drew a rather huge reception from the packed floor crowd after Dylan, 71, sang the opening line and once again later in the song when he performed a harmonica solo. The crowd went particularly nuts anytime Dylan stepped out from his piano during a song, especially when it lead to some harmonica.

After about 90 minutes, Dylan and His Band left the stage for about two minutes and then came back out for an encore. They finished the night with “Blowin’ In The Wind” to conclude the Capitol’s first night back at around 9:44 p.m.

The The show had a strict no photography or video policy, leading to a rather odd sight in 2012: no glowing cell phones taking pictures and videos sticking high up in the air from a packed crowd on the floor in front of a stage.

One familiar sight in the crowd was , drummer for the Roots, the legendary rap group who will play the Capitol Theater each of the next four Friday nights. In the past, the Roots have covered Dylan’s “Masters of War.”

Tuesday's show was Dylan's 50th in a series of 87 scheduled this year. Next week, his newest CD, “Tempest,” is scheduled to be released.

RealTimeRufus September 05, 2012 at 09:00 PM
You can go down and rock 'n' roll. You can go and see KISS and rock 'n' roll all the way down to the pit. I think Bob Dylan said that. Billy Joel's not sure about a life after this. God knows he's never been a spiritual man.
Steve Walsh September 06, 2012 at 04:59 AM
I was there (I live in Katonah) and wrote a review on my music blog Rock Turtleneck - read it here: http://rockturtleneck.blogspot.com/2012/09/ladies-gentlemen-dylan-has-blessed.html
BR Cannon September 06, 2012 at 01:23 PM
I was there too and the show was an instant legend in my opinion. Especially "Shooting Star". Yeah sure, he now sings like a guy who has a wad of wet sandpaper shoved down his throat, but it does not detract from his core mission. Looking forward to many more great shows at The Cap!
NorthCountyHound September 06, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Dylan could write, but never sing or play with any virtuosity. Other people's covers of his songs are far better than the originals. I never understood all the working class hero mumbo jumbo that he, Woody Guthrie and Springsteen use to make their millions. It's hypocrisy at its worst.
Rich S. September 06, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Glad I saw him 30 years ago. Joni Mitchell sound like him nowadays.
Aidan September 06, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Save for some of his first electric stuff.
Ded Yorick September 06, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Hey Mr. Hound! I agree with you about Springsteen. He's a complete fraud with all that "man of the people" preaching act. And the fact is, the only reason he does it is because his manager Jon Landau told him to adopt that persona in the mid to late 70s. You won't find any of that working class hero stuff on his first few albums. It was only after Landau came on board. He knew it would appeal to the masses. Still, Bruce used to write some great stuff. Now, though, he's just a clown and a self-parody. Woody, though, never made millions. He was the real deal. He barely had a buck, practically lived outdoors, and probably never took a bath. And died a long horrible death. I actually once read that Arlo made more money off his first single, "Alice's Restaurant" than Woody made in his entire life. He was bona fide. I've started a campaign to make "This Land is Your Land" the national anthem.
RealTimeRufus September 06, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Best Dylan lyric: "I go to pet your monkey, I get a face full of claws." 2nd Best: "I want something to eat, I'm hungry as a hog, so I get brown rice, seaweed and a dirty hot dog" You might have heard Billy Joel runs with a dangerous crowd.
Frank B. September 06, 2012 at 03:15 PM
The theatre is beautiful, the sound system is perfect. Dylan rearranged his songs so that they are virtually unrecognizable, he was a disappointment, again,as he was the other times I've seen him.
Tom September 06, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Complain all ya want. It just makes it easier for the one who appreciate him to get tickets! We were on the rail and had a great time! Keep on keepin on
Spruce Bringsteen September 06, 2012 at 08:12 PM
What’s this here about me being a fraud and a hypocrite? Just cause I live in a mansion in New Jersey and charge my fans $85 a ticket? Just cause I never held a job in my life other than playing guitar. Just cause I said I was gonna open a can of whoop-ass on the recession even tho I is so dumb I don’t know even know how to spell recession? Just cause I screech on stage like a scratchy-butt baboon. Hey man, it ain’t no sign to be glad you’re alive when you got the coin. Peace out, my brothers. Come to my house to share a Heineken if you can make it past the security guards, German shepherds, and the barbed-wire! ROCK AND ROLL!
Alice Hoffman September 19, 2012 at 09:05 AM
Best Dylan lyric: "I go to pet your monkey, I get a face full of claws." Just got good tickets to see him in Portland http://www.ticketsinventory.com/concert/bob-dylan-tickets/ Can't wait to be there!
RealTimeRufus September 19, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Enjoy the show from the boys back in the tank. Maybe someday when Billy Joel's ship comes in, she'll understand what kind of guy Billy's been. And then Billy will win.

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