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Waiting for Dylan ... tickets PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Arts & Entertainment Editor   
Friday, 08 March 2013 11:42
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Craig Wolf, who camped out in front of the Stroh Center all night in a tent, reads a book while BGSU students, Emily Gordon, right, and Hilary Bush, who both showed up to the ticket office Friday morning, look on. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Craig Wolf, of Toledo, wanted to make sure he got the best tickets he could for Bob Dylan's April 21 show so he was at the Stroh Center Thursday morning.
First in line, and as of 7 a.m. this morning last and only in line, until he was joined by two college students a little while later.
But the 51-year-old was excited about the prospect of seeing  music icon. "I like to see the legends when you can," he said.
He decided to go even though he already had tickets for a concert at Toledo's Huntington Center featuring Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent.
Dylan trumped that triple bill... so he passed those tickets on to his brother and sister-in-law.
Wolf described himself as an avid concert-goer, seeing as many as 30 shows a year. This will be his third time seeing Dylan.
"He still puts out a decent sound," he said. "He's not out there trying to be a greatest hits person. That's what I like about Dylan, you never know what kind of show you're going to get. ... You may not know any of the songs."
The show is a benefit for the Northwest Ohio district of the American Red Cross. General admission tickets are $35 and $45 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.
But Wolf said often you can get better seats by standing on line at the venue than you can online.
Dylan has been a part of Wolf's life since he was a kid.
"My mom used to put the headphones on and plug in the eight-track and sing along," he recalled. "So we'd get her versions. And then we'd hear the real version of the song and we'd be shocked. 'That's what that song is supposed to sound like.'"
Both his parents were music fan, but it was his mother who liked Dylan, the Beatles and Janis Joplin, music that helped shape her son's musical tastes.
His first concert was a Styx show. The date is fixed in his memory, Feb. 15, 1977. There have been a lot of shows since then, and Wolf expects the Dylan show to be one of the best.
The folk-rock band Dawes will open the show at 6:30 p.m. with Dylan schedule to hit at 8 p.m.
Tickets are available at the Stroh and through ticketmaster.com.
A limited number of VIP tickets for $125 are available through the Red Cross. Call (419) 329-2573.
 

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