"All history is a lie, because every fact that gets reported gets distorted." Paul McCartney
Now let me tell you a little true story. A few years ago my brother in law, Tim, and I went to a Bob Dylan concert in Dayton. The opening act was none other than Elvis Costello. When Elvis came out on the bare stage it was just him, his guitar and an oversized amp. I thought, “How in the world is he ever going to win this Dylan crowd over?” But just three songs in he certainly had no problem, had us all in the palm of his hand. The audience begged for more. They didn’t want to let him go. He was amazing and brilliant and perfect. But when Bobby hit the stage the roof just blew off the place. People were on their feet in an instant, shouting, screaming, crying happily and the roar continued for hours. You could feel the love pouring out to this guy. It was like we’d all been slipped something on the way in and it was beginning to kick in big time. The rush was unlike anything I’d ever felt. It made you woozy, it made you smile. It certainly made you feel good. As a postscript, I saw him again at the Palace and he actually invited people up on stage to dance! And he played lead guitar like a champ. So, yes, you never know with Mr. Dylan exactly what kind of concert you are going to get, grumpy, sullen, animated, fun, amazing, but you will get the experience of a lifetime. Because it’s Dylan and there’s only one. Here's a 10 song list of Elvis Costello: Alison, Watching the Detectives, Almost Blue, Veronica, Man Out of Time, Accidents Will Happen, Everyday I Write the Book, Possession, Big Sister's Clothes, and Beyond Belief.
They say we lost poor good-hearted John Lennon because some smart assed journalist wrote a bitter and jealous article for a national magazine accusing John of being rich and reclusive, as if that’s a sin, and besides it wasn’t even the whole truth. And of course some nut shot him because he thought that proved John was a phony. We had to lose the goodness of John being in the world with us over a magazine article? How crazy are we exactly? I remember how for years these awful, foul smelling books on John would pour out onto the market place accusing him of everything from being ordinary and hostile to having no real talent and never once mentioning his great, lovely body of work, the staggering amount of songs he’d written as a Beatle and afterwards on his own, and the importance of all those songs still to millions of music lovers and to the culture of the whole planet Earth in general. Just like Dylan. I mean ask yourself if someone were to write a biography of you would the simple facts all in a neat little row tell the truth about you or just illuminate some of the basic story premise. Remember the story of the three blind guys describing an elephant? All were correct, and all were wrong. Here's a ten song list of John Lennon compositions: All You Need is Love, Julia, Not a Second Time, Oh My Love, Strawberry Fields Forever, A Day in the Life, Grow Old Along With Me, Because, There's A Place, and Nowhere Man. Bonus: In My Life.