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Showroom One at The GC at The German Club, Sat 24 Feb.
[MUSIC/ROCK – SA]
Appearing as part of the Adelaide Fringe 2018 were the legendary Angels John and Rick Brewster giving The German Club a sweet Bob Dylan benediction courtesy of Rob Pippan Productions. Joining The Brewster brothers was Angels drummer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Nick Norton and Sam Brewster (John Brewster’s son) on guitar and bass.
John highlights an important time in his youth when he saw Bob Dylan live in concert in 1966; indicative of the inspiration for the tribute, the set list included a majority of Dylan’s songs from that era. Such as: Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right and Blowing In The Wind from 1963’s The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Desolation Row, It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry from 1965’s Highway 61 Revisited (as well as Mr Tambourine Man from the same year) and Fourth Time Around, Just Like A Woman and Visions Of Johanna from 1966’s Blonde On Blonde album.
The band were true to the Dylan sound (with the exception of a clearer vocal) and demonstrated a gradual shift in dynamic from beginning to end highlighting both Dylan’s solo acoustic repertoire and his work with The Band. The set was received with a standing ovation and The Brewster Bros were called back for an encore of All Along The Watchtower and Like a Rolling Stone. They received yet another standing ovation and the band, suddenly out of Bob Dylan songs, decided to play a brand new Angels song currently being recorded for their new album.
A fine display of musicianship and authenticity of Dylan’s work – evidently crowd pleasing to the Bob Dylan fans coupled with a fantastic finale of Angelic excellence.
Cover image courtesy of Bián Hickman