"At the top of his game"? Out of curiousity how old are you?30s?
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Saw Dylan live last about 5 years back at the new arena in Philly. Not sure exactly who was in his band then, but that is one band that I could have sat and listened to jamming all day. They were like a machine once they got into gear on a riff. Same true on most new Dylan tracks over the last 10 years or so. Dylan is one artist that for me it would be a letdown to hear him just go out and perform his older better known tunes. That would be relatively boring. HE is a guy who of late seems to always be looking to move on to something a tad different, yet familiar, drawing upon a huge variety of musical influences and always surrounding himself with top notch musicians. I truly admire him more so of late than probably ever before. A true legend in his time!
I've heard clips only from the Christmas album. I'm a pretty big fan but probably wouldn't pop for it, but it's just not very close to Christmas yet either! It's pretty cheesey but hey, it's for a good cause and I think Bob was just having a bit of fun.
That being said, I've read recent reviews of shows with Charlie Sexton in the band suggesting exactly what the OP has said. Face it, Dylan is an acquired taste, certainly not one to make everyone happy. I saw him about a year and a half ago and the show was excellent, about 3 years ago just so-so. But I think now is the time to see him and Charlie Sexton is a big part of it.
In terms of voice, Bob has turned into Howlin Wolf lite, which is not a bad thing, and recent reviews suggest there is an energy and passion to his performances that has not been there for awhile. At 68, he could drop dead anytime or simply stop touring, so now is the time to see him. There is only one Bob and there may never be anything again quite like him.
I've got 3rd row centre seats for a Nov. 7th show! I'm hoping it's one of his good nights.