Bob Dylan club gig at Berns in Stockholm March 22nd 2009

Maybe some of you remember I had the fantastic opportunity to see Bob Dylan in a club gig in Stockholm in 2007? Last night, against all possible odds (and in under two years time) I again (!) got the chance to see Bob Dylan play a club gig!

As the first gig on this tour, Dylan had decided he wanted to play in a little club, and had chosen Berns in Stockholm as the venue for this. Berns is in my eyes a very suiting place to see Bob Dylan, not just because it’s small but also because it’s a nice place with a great ambience.

A picture of Bob Dylan at Berns in Stockholm, taken by Anders LarssonPicture by Anders Larsson

Comparing this gig to the previous club gig he did in Stockholm, I would like to say that yesterday was a bit better. Dylan seemed very happy and really into his playing, and, lo and behold, he actually spoke to and thanked the audience! And it feels so good seeing him glad and liking what he does. :-)

I’ve never been a Dylan fanatic, rather someone who really likes some of his stuff and then I’m fairly neutral about the rest of it. So, last night, during some songs it felt like: “Yeah, well, this is ok, but it sounds a bit like the previous one”, but at other times, and this is really when it blows you away, it is true magic we’re witnessing. Occasionally, I also get the feeling that I’m not worthy to stand there, that there are so many Dylan lovers who deserve to get a chance like this.

Another thing that really made it into a fantastic evening was him playing the song “Things Have Changed”, which I really like. Any song, and I mean any song containing these lyrics is a great song:

I used to care, but things have changed

Set list

These were the songs he played:

Regular set

  • Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)
  • Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)
  • I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
  • Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again
  • Tryin’ To Get to Heaven
  • Things Have Changed
  • Watching the River Flow
  • Blind Willie McTell
  • I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
  • I Believe In You
  • Honest With Me
  • Billy 4
  • Summer Days
  • All Along The Watchtower


  • Cry A While
  • Like A Rolling Stone
  • Forever Young

Personal highlights were Things Have Changed, Blind Willie McTell and All Along the Watchtower, but I’m sure other people would have chosen other songs. And just imagine if the tired Like A Rolling Stone had been exchanged with Hurricane? :-)

Looking at the set list from the club gig in 2007, maybe that was better overall, though.


PS. If you were there and have pictures and/or video to share, let me know and I can link to it from here.

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