I went to see the Rolling Stones last night. It's only taken me 60 years! What magical performers they are - and Mick Jagger is the ultimate showman. As he said, he's got more spangly outfits than Adele,
They didn't play any new material - why would they with such a peerless back catalogue! One of the few numbers that wasn't their own was Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' - a number which often tops the list of the best song of all time.
I saw Dylan performing the song at the same place, Hyde Park, a few years back. The Stones' version was better. It was written in 1965, so a few years after the Stones started hitting the charts. Much ink has been splilt trying to reckon whether Dylan's song was a sideways reference to the band. You make up your own mind ...
But when the Stones sang 'Rolling Stone' I just had to get my phone out - sorry I missed the opening bars.
And the woman just in front of me with the magnificent mohican and 'Vivienne' written on the side of her glasses was, yes, that Vivienne!
And for comparison with the Stones, here's Dylan's own rendition from the Newport Folk Festival in 1965:
And the best ever cover version of Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone'? Well, thanks for asking! I reckon it's this - by Spirit from 1976:
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