Bob Dylan performs at the Warfield

August 25, 2010 7:53:23 PM PDT
The legendary Bob Dylan performs in concert Wednesday night at the Warfield in San Francisco, but unlike most shows, this time concert-goers had to buy tickets with cash before heading into the theater.

Fans had to be ready with $60 in cash, since no credit cards were allowed and they had to buy them from the theatre only. It was Dylan's idea to take this unique approach. The promoter calls it like a throwback to another era.

"Part of the reasoning behind this is to avoid ticketing fees and the kind of up-charges that consumers have to face. Obviously, you lose the convenience of sitting at home buying on your computer, but at the same time, it's kind of a first come first serve thing," says Goldenvoice Vice President David Lefkowitz.

And once concert-goers get inside, they're there for the night to share the Dylan experience, which has been a part of our consciousness for nearly 50 years.

People waited in line for hours before the box office opened. They were patient and inventive.

"I've got a nice novel here, got plenty of drinks and people talk to and I'm looking forward to the show," says Poppy from San Diego.

"We've listened to Dylan's music since the late 60s and I think he's the poet that represents my generation the best," says Steve Swierkowski from Livermore.

Richard Forster from Monterey has Dylan lyrics tattooed on his back.

"The one on my back means a lot to me because it pretty much changed my life. It's about finding your own god and what not and this one, 'Forever Young,' is just a good song," says Forster.

Dylan connects many different generations. A father and son pair drove down from Redding.

"Here I got a Bob Dylan nut at 21 and one at 52. I think the guy's got something. It's a demonstration of true art and talent," says Mike Mitchell from Redding.

"Heard it growing up and then also had a big influence from a friend of mine and then we started getting into it together," says Adam Mitchell, Mike's son.

"He's a certain common interest. The guy withstood the test of time," says Mike.

The concert starts at 8 p.m.

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