Last Sunday, Bob Dylan gave a performance concert at the Entertainment Centre in Brompton, East of the city. He had been doing an Australian tour and mostly that involved larger venues of at least 5,000. The Entertainment centre can easily handle 10,000, but towards the middle of last week, they began to advertise tickets for sale to the concert for only $59. You couldn’t book, of course, but could only get your tickets from the door.
Dylan’s been in Adelaide a few times I can recall. I actually went to see one show that was held in an open air venue, in the 70s, which had a crowd of about 25,000. The problem was that the seating was so very far from the stage, and without binoculars you couldn’t see a thing. Just small points of light on a far away stage.
Anyway, it had been a rather cold July/August, with temperatures going to down to as low as minus 3 degrees; and that’s extremely cold for Adelaide which is supposed to have a Mediterranean type of climate. And then towards the end of August the sun came out and there were 12 days of sunshine continuously with temperatures reaching 24 degrees C. It was warm enough to wear shirt sleeves.
My younger brother has Terminal Cancer and lives about 80 Kms south of the city in a small country town situated on the coast, named Normanville; and I have been visiting him every couple of weeks. Instead of going to see bob Dylan I had to go see my brother and as I spent the night at his house, didn’t have enough time to attend the concert.
However, that same night, about 2 hours after the show had ended, with a stadium only 60% full, film of the concert was posted on-line. It wasn’t very good because whoever shot it, didn’t hold the camera still, didn’t have an anti-shake filter turned on, and used too much zooming in and out in an attempt to get a reasonable picture image of Bob Dylan. But of course that didn’t work at all.
The sound, on the other hand, wasn’t too bad. The video camera had recorded the concert in high quality 224 Kb/s MP3, or at least that’s what was attached to the video file that was posted on-line.
I watch about 35 minutes of it, but because of the very poor camera work, couldn’t hold on for any longer and just got a few snapshots of Bob Dylan on the stage.
That night was warm, but by Monday morning everything was back to normal, and it was raining and was cold as ever.
It’s been raining ever since!