Rolling Stone recently gave Tempest – which was recorded in Los Angeles with Dylan’s touring band – five stars. “Lyrically, Dylan is at the top of his game,” writes Will Hermes. “Joking around, dropping wordplay and allegories that evade pat readings and quoting other folks’ words like a freestyle rapper on fire.”
On Tuesday, Dylan played the opening night at Port Chester’s New York Capitol Theater – though he didn’t play a single cut from the new disc. He tends to wait until the album is officially released before he breaks into the new material. This leg of the tour wraps on September 9th, and when it picks back up again on October 5th in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he’ll likely be sprinkling the songs into his set.
Tempest may share a title with Shakespeare’s final play, but Dylan steadfastly rejects any connection between the two works. “Shakespeare’s last play was called The Tempest,” Dylan recently told Rolling Stone. “It wasn’t called just plain Tempest. The name of my record is just plain Tempest. It’s two different titles.”