Sunday, March 25, 2007
Dylan back at Bardavon for rehearsals
For the second time in 14 months, rock and folk music icon Bob Dylan spent a week rehearsing in private at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie, Bardavon Executive Director Chris Silva said today.
Dylan spent Tuesday through Saturday at the former Vaudeville theater, playing to a closed house as he rehearsed for an upcoming European tour, Silva said. Dylan and his touring band rehearsed about four hours a day, with the former Woodstock resident entering the theater, each day, heading right to the stage and leaving as soon as the band was done.
Dylan's week of rehearsals comes a little more than a year after he spent a week at the Bardavon, rehearsing and writing songs for his latest album, "Modern Times," which was released last August. Silva said the same band backed Dylan both times.
Silva said Dylan played acoustic and electric guitairs and keyboards. Silva watched every rehearsal and said song standouts included "Cold Irons Bound" and "Nettie Moore."
"It was a blast," said Silva, a long-time Dylan fan who spent 12 years pursing Dylan for a concert at the Bardavon before landing last year's week of rehearsals.