44 years ago at Newport Folk Festival, Bob Dylan shocked fans by performing an unheard of electric set to a die-hard folk audience. This year he shocked fans once again...most readers first inclination will be to think of his Christmas album release. But no. This time Dylan completely surprised by plugging-in and jamming on a synthesizer at a recent performance at Wang Theatre in Boston, MA.
Rocking out exclusively on the Keytar, Dylan wailed on classic hits such as "Just Like a Woman", "Blood in My Eyes", "I Want You", "Like a Rolling Stone", and "Tangled Up in Blue". The show vaguely resembled an outlandish mangled version of Rock Band played by senior citizens stricken with Alzheimer's.
Bereft of their dignity, overwhelmed and appalled fans left one by one well into his first set. Devotees who previously thought Dylan was God, now have the opinion that he's fallen from grace. One embarrassed fan remarked, "Some people say there is no Devil. Well, let me tell you that the Devil owns this world. And Bob Dylan is the Devil."
Even with record high unemployment, after hearing Dylan's first set, his limo driver promptly resigned his position. Witnesses reported that he then hopped a bus bound for The Big Apple with high hopes of becoming a New York City cab driver and will never be heard from again. At this time, no one else has applied to replace the limo driver.
The stunning climax of Dylan's synthetic show consisted of a 15-minute solo showdown of keyboarding prowess, including none other than synthesizer virtuoso, Jan Hammer, who joined Dylan onstage for an encore rendition of "Let Me Die in My Footsteps"...and this is exactly what former fans are looking forward to.
At the conclusion one solitary fan blurted out, "What in the hell were you thinking man?!"
Dylan responded, "I'm thinkin'..that MY SHOW is pretty hep."
"I think that you are being extremely inappropriate right now, and I’m leaving," the incensed fan retorted.
Dylan continued to an empty room, "Yeah, yeah, whatever. Everybody's a critic. Tomorrow night I'm gonna bust out shred metal versions of the same material and I'm officially sending out an open invitation to Slayer and the incredible Zladko "ZLAD!" Vladcik to join me onstage for tomorrow night's encore."