I have to say I'm not a big fan of the O2 although it is supposed to have one of the most sophisticated set of acoustics of any venue in the world (their claim not mine) I always find the sound there a little muddy especially for vocals and tonight was no exception.
Dylan hit the stage with a cracking bluesy verion Of 'Maggies Farm' of which I heard the 1st verse before the engineers lost it in a ball of mic feedback, then it was too loud, then too soft it was well into the 3rd song of the set before the vocals came through in an audiable manner.
The set consisted of the above mentioned 'Maggie's Farm', a waltzy 'The Times are A Changing' followed by a sombre 'Things Have Changes' and an odd waltz through 'The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carrol' which I think lost some of the impact of this stark class tale. 'Rollin and Tumblin'', and 'The Levee's Gonna Break were given a solid bluesy thumping with a throwaway 'Workingman's Blues #2' trundling after. There were lovely versions of 'Thunder On The Mountain', 'Spirit On The Water' and 'Til I Fell In Love With You' followed with a taut and poignant version of 'The Ballad Of Hollis Brown'. Radically altered (different from 2 years ago) 'Chimes Of Freedom Flashing', 'Highway 61 Revisited' and the chunky 'Like A Rollin' Stone' closed the evening.
The Encore was a fairly straight rendering of the Hendrix version of Dylan's All Along The Watchtower and another drastically altered version of 'Blowin' In The Wind'
Overall I've seen better shows but I've been to much, much worse and my main crib about the night (apart from the dreadfull sound, may the engineers balls turn square and fester at the edges) was that 1/2 the people in the corporate box that I'd paid to be in were not interested in what was happening on stage and talked loudly during every number only to break off at the end of every song to applaud wildly, whistle and shout as if they had absorbed every phrase.