Bob Dylan and Neil Young co-headlined a UK gig for the first time at Hyde Park on Friday.
The event which was supposed to be organized by Barclaycard was later on cancelled as the singer refused to bear the name of the “fossil fuel-funding entity." It went on as a solo concert without any sponsorship.
Bob Dylan’s sudden appearance on the stage stunned the audience as he came into the stage unannounced and sat down at the piano with a grin. His hands straight on the piano took his fans through the memory lane of Highway 61 Revisited through his “Ballad of a Thin Man”.
Young mesmerized everyone in the audience when he came onto the stage with his battered old black Les Paul guitar and an enchanting smile. His guitar strap was adorned with Ban the Bomb logos, as a material bird hovered above his head and a Love sign displayed near his amp.
A beautiful synchronization was created through the beautiful combination of Young’s guitar and Dylan’s work with melodious keys.
The fans stood amid the scorching sun only to see the Maestro at work. The fans which included big names such as Jarvis Cocker and Jake Bugg.
Dylan tried to strike some Elvis Presley-esque hip-shaking poses on the centre stage to show his groovy moves.
The mid-set of the concert hit off the right cord with the audience when the crowd broke off into sing-alongs while singing classic hit Like a Rolling Stone.
Dylan’s deep old voice suited the blues numbers like the songs from Highway 61 Revisited compared to his ballads but his songs Simple Twist of Fate, Girl from the North Country and To Make You Feel My Love literally touched the heart of the love-torn Londoners.
The scorching sun did made the crowd a little bit weary but Dylan’s breathtaking voice refreshed heart of fans through You've Gotta Serve Somebody, followed by an encore of an intriguing Blowin' in the Wind and the brilliantly-titled It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry.
The night ended with the extended wig-out of Rockin' in the Free World , before Young and his band returned with a hypnotic version of Like a Hurricane.
Young and his hero Dylan had played on-stage together previously in 1992 - alongside Eric Clapton and Johnny Cash - at a New York gig to mark 30 years of the American's music