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Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler Rock the Barclays Center in Brooklyn

Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler
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After touring Europe together last year, Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler joined forces and hit the road for a string of dates in the states this fall. On Nov. 22, the two legends played their final show of the tour at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Thousands of fans flocked to the brand new arena to see Dylan and Knopfler, and after nearly three hours of rock and roll, it’s safe to say none of them were disappointed.

Taking the stage around 7:45PM, Knopfler kicked things off with a jamming rendition of ‘What It Is’ from 2000’s ‘Sailing to Philadelphia.’ The almost 90-minute set consisted of songs like ‘Corned Beef City’ and ‘Privateering,’ but the highlight of the performance was the encore. As Knopfler and his seven-piece band left the stage after an awesome performance of ‘Marbletown,’ the fans in Brooklyn weren’t done. Giving them exactly what they wanted, Knopfler and company came back out on-stage and kicked the encore into high gear with Dire Straits‘ ‘So Far Away.’ Between the screams and cheers, fans were gleefully helping Knopfler with the lyrics throughout the song.

Less than half an hour after Knopfler’s performance, Dylan and his band walked out on-stage and immediately broke into 1967’s ‘You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.’ As typical with any Dylan performance, there was no chit-chat with the audience, only rocking song after rocking song. The only time Dylan took a break from the music was to introduce his band, which consisted of long-time members like bassist Tony Garnier and drummer George Receli, as well as pedal steel guitarist Donnie Herron, guitarist Stu Kimball and a legend in his own right, guitarist Charlie Sexton.

Dylan’s set included classic tracks like ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ and ‘Tangled Up in Blue,’ and he also jammed on two brand new tracks from his latest studio album, ‘Tempest,’ ‘Early Roman Kings‘ and ‘Soon After Midnight.’ Playing mainly on a grand piano, Dylan also spent some time behind an electric piano as well as showing off his phenomenal mouth harp skills with his harmonica. From Knopfler joining Dylan and his band onstage for a handful of songs to the encore of the one and only tune, ‘Blowin’ in the Wind,’ Dylan’s final scheduled performance of 2012 exceeded expectations.

The night before Thanksgiving, Dylan and Knopfler gave thousands of fans in New York City something to be grateful for: rock and roll isn’t dead, and because of guys like these two, it’s only getting better.

Bob Dylan Set List – Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. – Nov. 22, 2012

‘You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere’
‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right’ (with Mark Knopfler)
‘Things Have Changed’ (with Mark Knopfler)
‘Tangled Up in Blue’ (with Mark Knopfler)
‘Early Roman Kings’
‘Chimes of Freedom’
‘The Levee’s Gonna Break’
‘Visions of Johanna’
‘Highway 61 Revisited’
‘Soon After Midnight’
‘Thunder on the Mountain’
‘Forgetful Heart’
‘Ballad of a Thin Man’
‘Like a Rolling Stone’
‘All Along the Watchtower’


‘Blowin’ in the Wind’

Mark Knopfler Set List – Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. – Nov. 22, 2012

‘What It Is’
‘Corned Beef City’
‘Kingdom of Gold’
‘I Used to Could’
‘Song for Sonny Liston’
‘Done with Bonaparte’
‘Hill Farmer Blues’
‘Haul Away’


‘So Far Away’

Next: Read Our Review Of Bob Dylan's 'Tempest'

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