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Time Warp, 1993: Dylan, Santana Play For Multi-generational Crowd

September 26, 2018

Sept. 5, 1993: A multi-generational crowd filled Montage Mountain, Scranton, for the Bob Dylan and Carlos Santana show. More than 5,000 people were on hand, ranging in age from those who heard Dylan go electric to babies hearing these two giants of rock for the first time.

Joe Romesser of Drums and his 16-year-old daughter, Lisa, told The Scranton Times of their excitement about seeing Dylan.

“He’s part of my parents’ music, and I used to think he was awful when I was little, but now I’m starting to get into him, and I’m thrilled to get a chance to see him,” Lisa said.

Her father said that he had listened to Dylan since “he recorded ‘Times They Are A-Changin’.”

David Velazco of Wilkes-Barre was at the show to see Santana.

“My father is Puerto Rican, and he introduced me to the music of Carlos Santana,” Velazco said. “It speaks to me.”

As for the show, Santana performed first with such songs as “Spirits All Around You” and “Make Somebody Happy.” In between songs, Santana talked to the audience about life, speaking at one point about how he thought that, some day, there wouldn’t be borders between the nations of North, Central and South America. He also reminisced about his performance at Woodstock in 1969, saying, “It really bothers a lot of people that there were 550,000 people (there) and nobody wanted to fight.”

Dylan began his set with a new track, “As Good As I’ve Been to You,” followed by “Memphis Blues” and “All Along the Watchtower.” He got the crowd up and on its feet with some harmonica playing with “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.”

Dylan ended the night with “Maggie’s Farm” and the “Ballad of a Thin Man.”

Contact the writer: bfulton@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9140; @TTPagesPast on Twitter

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