Tracy Chapman, Brighton Centre

Revolution of the heart

McBride makes case for extended stay at Goodison

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Bruce Springsteen, Wembley Arena, London

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Jerusalem, Artemis

Album: Bruce Springsteen

The Rising, Columbia

Album: Solomon Burke

Don't Give up on Me, Fat Possum

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Musical Notes: Bob Dylan - younger than that now

IN THE late 1960s, until he began to de-construct himself with Nashville Skyline, Bob Dylan was still the hippest person on the planet. In 1978, after the superlative Blood on the Tracks and the best-selling Desire, Dylan toured Europe for the first time in 12 years, and was received rapturously by enormous audiences and by reviewers, while his Top Ten hit "Baby, Stop Crying" (he's never had one since) was on jukeboxes everywhere. Eleven years later Dylan finally managed a near-great album for the 1980s, Oh Mercy, once more receiving critical and popular approbation, topped by a triumphant, magical series of concerts at Hammersmith.

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BOB DYLAN and Paul Simon are touring together, which could make for an inspired duet as one sings, "You don't need a weather man / To know which way the wind blows", and the other, "I can gather all the news I need / On the weather report."

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Now comfortably ensconced in his mid-fifties, the Belfast legend still takes his regular roadtrips round the country and, if his performance at the Fleadh this year is anything to go by, the curmudgeonly one is in good form. As well as playing a selection from his well-received current album, Back on Top, he rolled out the real gems from his early days at that festival, including "Gloria", "Brown Eyed Girl" and "Here Comes the Night". Whether he'll do those or not on this tour, which begins in Nottingham, is entirely down to his whim on the night, but whatever you do don't badger him vocally to play them or he could throw one of his tantrums. Morrison's moodiness does have its drawbacks - but when everything flows the man has few, if any, equals.
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