Mark Knopfler and Bob Dylan

Mandalay Bay Events Center, Oct. 27

Two members of rock royalty—Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fame and the legendary Bob Dylan—performed to a crowd that spanned generations. Warming up the audience, Knopfler came out firing with “What It Is” and “Corned Beef City.” Backed by an über-talented seven-piece band, Knopfler displayed his slick guitar skills and distinct vocals. He encored with the Dire Straits jam “So Far Away”; the crowd was singing, dancing and primed for Dylan. Donning a flat brim hat and black suit with white trim, Dylan appeared spirited and happy, jamming with his band. Although his voice has given way (it sounded even more garbled than it did in the ’60s) and his hands never touched a guitar, Dylan spent much of the evening wailing at the piano and letting his harmonica do the talking as he rambled through a set, which included “Girl From the North Country,” “Highway 61 Revisited,” “Like a Rolling Stone” and “All Along the Watchtower.” ★★★☆☆

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REVISITED: Have to tread carefully here. You see, I’m not a huge fan of Bob Dylan, who’s playing Mandalay Bay on Oct. 27 with Mark Knopfler opening ($69-$143). But I don’t mean to say that I’m not a fan at all: I like many of Dylan’s songs, and my respect for his songwriting and performing talents is genuine and true. But I’m not half the fan some of my friends are, and “real” Dylan fans think their alpha singer-songwriter is above reproach. Even when Dylan’s bad, they tell me, he’s brilliant.

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