We’ve seen and heard some great artists cover songs and entire albums from other great (or not so great) artists. But what about covering some iconic concerts, song by song, in the same order and in the same manner and at the same venue?
Cat Power, a great artist in her own right, is also known for doing some incredible covers, but now she goes a step further. As a number of sources report, she is preparing a special performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
It will be a full recreation of Bob Dylan’s 1966 concert at the same venue. She will also play the same songs as Dylan and in the same order. Like Dylan, Cat Power will play the first half of her set acoustic before going electric for the second half.
As Pitchfork notes, a recording of Dylan’s Royal Albert Hall concert was formally released as a double album in 1998. The show took place just a few months after he first went electric at the Newport Folk Festival in the summer of 1965. The bootleg recordings are notable for capturing one fan screaming “Judas!” at Dylan during one show in Manchester. The musician responded by telling his band to “play it fuckin’ loud.” Members of Dylan’s band during the electric set, the Hawks, eventually splintered off to become the Band.
CULTURE (counter, pop, and otherwise) and the people who shape it.