How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man? Just ask the quarter-mile long line of Bob Dylan fans who gathered awaiting entry to the Midway Stadium on Wednesday evening.
"Nothing beats Bob Dylan," concertgoer Marlene Smith said. "He's as big as they get, he's as big as the Beatles."
Some say he changed the face of music forever – from fans who began listening to his crooning in college in 1965, to young music lovers who are just getting acquainted with the raspy Hibbing, Minn. native. He brings all generations together, and Minnesotans haven't forgotten his roots.
Smith brought her 19-year-old daughter Meg Pawley to see her first Dylan concert.
"I don't ever remember a time when my parents didn't listen to him. I didn't like it first, but when I was 13, I was like, this is kind of cool," Pawley said.
Darlene Fotia, 77, also had her first live Dylan experience on Wednesday.
"I think he's a really excellent representative of that generation for sure," Fotia said.
Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Richard Thompson also shared the stage with Dylan, attracting a similar audience, some of them younger. They likely would have listened to Dylan as he launched his career in the 60s.
"Bob Dylan is a huge influence on bands like My Morning Jacket, bands like Wilco," Jill Riley, morning show host of 89.3 The Current.
Riley says pairing Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Richard Thompson with Dylan introduces Dylan to the younger crowd and gives the older generation a taste of new Dylan-like music.
"Everyone will be exposed to something different tonight," Riley said.
"I think it's nice that generations can come together and bond over something like music -- that's the power music has," concertgoer Blaine said.
Everyone had a lyric to offer as they waited in line for the show -- a true testament to Bob Dylan's ability to get inside the heads and hearts of generations young and old, even when times are a changin'.
Things Have Changed
High Water (For Charley Patton)
Soon after Midnight
Early Roman Kings
Tangled Up in Blue
She Belongs to Me
Beyond Here Lies Nothin'
A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
Blind Willie McTell
Simple Twist of Fate
All Along the Watchtower
Encore: Blowin' in the Wind