Bob Dylan, who reportedly has Minnesota ties of some sort, doesn’t speak to fans at his concerts, but that policy changed momentarily on Tuesday evening, Rolling Stone reports.
Blame people and their smartphones.
Dylan doesn’t allow pictures to be taken during his concerts but the smartphones were out at a concert in Vienna and so Dylan stopped singing Blowin’ in the Wind and let the crowd have it.
“Take pictures or don’t take pictures,” he barked. “We can either play or we can pose. Okay?”
The crowd chanted “play!”
Rolling Stone says he “then stepped backwards in an angry huff, tripped over a guitar monitor and nearly hit the floor.”
Of course, there’s video. Watch it before it disappears.
The night when Bob talked….We had the usual set on high level so I would not talk about the music at this night, the drama was starting at the encore!At encore break a stage rush did happen and the aisles where totally filled, then Bob started with Blowin' and stopped the song before the first chorus. He went to Charlie, talked to him went back to piano, Charlie talking with Tony, it was obvious that he announced to immediately starting with It Takes A Lot To Laugh…, stopped again after approx. half a minute, than Bob stood up, taking the center stage microphone and went in front of the audience, and what followed was the longest speech in years! Bob left piano, went in front of audience, start talking about taking pictures (if you take pictures, we won't singing), went backwards (face to audience), stumbled over monitorr behind him, nearly felt, went back in front of audience: "I say it again: take pictures or don't take pictures, and we gonna play or we gonna pose, well"! after a few seconds your hear the audience: "play, play,…" and Bob went back to piano, starting the final encore again with first verse and played it in it's entirely beauty!No one knew what exactly has happened, but we whitnessed it from balcony, it must have been more than a cellphone or camera, my guess is a flash direct to Bob, as I have never seen him so angry, interrupting two songs, and after he talked about playing or posing he went back to Tony, both standing side by side and looking the same direction in the audience, Tony did gesture with his hand in that direction as if both have recognized the responsible person!By the way, if there have ever been doubts about Bob's fitness he proofed that he was in very good shape. His reaction to avoid falling after he stumbled was absolutely stunning!(transcriptions not 1:1, just my impression after listening a few times)
Posted by Hermann Rechberger on Wednesday, April 17, 2019
He left the stage one song later.
“I have never seen him so angry,” composer Hermann Rechberger, who shot the video, wrote.
[Update: It’s still on Instagram]
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#BobDylan doesn’t address the audience at all at his gigs these days. But last night in Vienna he had to make an exception to admonish fans taking photos: “We can either play or we can pose, okay?” This was right after he tripped over a monitor and almost took a nasty fall. Rough night.