Bob Dylan reacts live to those who ask "Play something familiar"

Bob Dylan reacts live to those who ask “Play something familiar”

On March 1st Bob Dylan was performing in concert at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when a woman in the audience exclaimed towards the stage: “Play something we know!”.

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The singer-songwriter was interrupted during the set of sixteen songs and, as evidenced by some videos made by those present, reacted to the spectator's “dissatisfaction” by playing one of his songs from 1971, “When I paint my masterpiece”.

A fan on X/Twitter shared a clip of the moment, writing: “This is beautiful! At Bob Dylan's concert in Fort Lauderdale last Friday, a woman shouted at him: 'Play something we know!' Dylan then launched into the performance of “When I paint my masterpiece”, singing the lyrics to the tune of “Puttin' on the Ritz” by Irving Berlin”.

He added: “My brother, who was standing nearby, said Dylan clearly heard the woman, looked her in the eyes and looked like he was going to say something before he started the song. It's an absolutely incredible version!”

In the same discussion we then read: “I'm not suggesting that Dylan improvised that version. He and the band had clearly rehearsed everything beforehand. But it seems like he's doing it directly in response to what the woman said. It's the perfect reaction.”

As Stereogum noted, it's in question whether Dylan sang his song to the music of Irving Berlin's “Puttin' on the Ritz” or the Four Lads' “Istanbul (Not Constantinople).”

The concert in Florida also saw Dylan playing a cover of Jimmy Rogers' “Walking by myself” live for the first time.