We Can't Help It If We're Lucky: Bob Dylan Performs In Washington Heights Tonight

by BILLY GRAY · November 17, 2009

Bob Dylan's "Positively 4th Street" is one of the greatest musical take-downs of all time. And although time and Victoria's Secret commercials may have softened the icon, Dylan is sure to put on a great show tonight about 171 blocks from his old Village stomping grounds at the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights. -

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I usually cringe at the sight of desiccated rock veterans putting their creaky joints through the ordeal of another gratuitous tour. It's a little sad to be constantly reminded that members of The Who did not die before they got old and The Rolling Stones need audiences to give 'em shelter from more routine sexagenarian outings like AARP conventions. Dylan's current standing is especially vexing as his garbled delivery makes some of the 20th century's greatest lyrics borderline incomprehensible (although some of his more oblique songs always were).

Still, Dylan is a legend. And who knows how many New York shows he's got left in him? Come gather 'round people and genuflect before this musical deity as he rock the old church uptown.