It's been 46 years since Bob Dylan has played London's Royal Albert Hall and the legendary singer-songwriter set about making up for lost time during his show on Tuesday evening (November 26, 2013).
Bob Dylan Performing at London's Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday.
Promoting his critically acclaimed album Tempest, Dylan appears to have returned to form on his current UK tour. It's no secret that the 72-year-old has often been criticized for his live sets, rendering Like A Rolling Stone and others unrecognisable and raising eyebrows with a distinctly gravelly delivery.
There was no danger of the audience suffering bastardisations of Dylan's biggest hits, because, well, he didn't play many of them.
"...at just after half past nine he was gone," wrote The Independent's David Liser, "So ended performance 2,500-plus on the never-ending tour that began in 1988. It was in turns stunning, revelatory and downright perplexing. Like the man himself."
"...the Albert Hall was the perfect venue to witness this grumpy enigma and his musical longevity," said the Evening Standard.
Bob Dylan Performing in London
On Thursday, Dylan will be honoured with a commemorative blue plaque at the venue of his first ever UK performance. The 72-year-old will reportedly attend the event to unveil the plaque at The Water Rats in King's Cross London, according to The Telegraph.
A statement from the venue said: "Bob Dylan & his publicist Tom Cording have been made aware of the ceremony as this coincides with Bob Dylan's last concert of his current run at the Royal Albert Hall."
"We are hoping that Mr Dylan will be arriving at 2:30pm after his sound check to unveil the Plaque and show his continued support for live music in the UK."
Bob Dylan Has Won Strong Reviews for his UK Tour
Dylan played his first UK gig at The Water Rats - which was then known as the Pindar of Wakefield - in December 1962.
Next page: Read our review of Bob Dylan's Tempest