Saturday, August 7, 2021

The Complete Unknowns - A Bob Dylan Tribute Band at The City Winery


The Complete Unknowns Singing Like a Rolling Stone at the Bay Street Theater in 2015

I last saw Bob Dylan live at the Beacon Theater in November 2019 at the Beacon Theater.  He was scheduled to appear at Forest Hills Stadium in July 2020, but the concert was canceled on account of the pandemic.  As of now, there are no Dylan concerts planned.  Could this be the end of the Never Ending Tour?

If you can't see Dylan live, a tribute band is a good substitute.  The Complete Unknowns led by frontman and founding member Michael Weiskopf on lead vocals, guitar, and harmonica, the band also features guitarist Randolph Hudson III, keyboardist Stuart Sherman, bass player Taka Shimizu, and James Benard on drums.

The setlist:
  • John Wesley Harding
  • As I Went Out One Morning
  • Absolutely Sweet Marie
  • Just Like a Woman
  • Everything is Broken
  • Watching the River Flow
  • Mr. Tambourine Man - Lee's favorite of this show
  • Duquesne Whistle - My favorite of the show
  • Working Man's Blues
  • Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine
  • Love Minus Zero/No Limit
  • Blind Willie McTell
  • All Along the Watchtower
  • My Back Pages
  • Chimes of Freedom
  • Visions of Johanna
  • Seven Days
  • Love Sick
  • Simple Twist of Fate
  • It's All Over Now Baby Blue
Michael Weiskopf admitted it was very difficult to pick a setlist out of Dylan's 60 years of recordings. I was impressed that the group did not in any way imitate Dylan, but interpreted his songs.  Weiskopf sang lead on most of the numbers, but other members of the band did some lead singing.

The Complete Unknowns will appear every other week at City Winery.  I highly suggest that my Bob Dylan friends go see them.

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