Publication: San Jose Mercury News
Date Printed: Sunday, September 3, 1989
Section: Arts
Page: 18
By: Harry Sumrall

BOB Dylan has toured with various collaborators in the past few years. His 1986 tour featured Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as his backing group, and in 1987, he hit the stadiums with the Grateful Dead. Perhaps the best of his recent tours was a year ago, featuring a lean and spare group led by G.E. Smith.

Now Dylan is back with a new tour that makes its way to the Bay Area tonight. This time it isn't Dylan's collaborators who might give him a kick in the pants, but the group opening his shows. The Pogues are a feisty, punk-traditional Irish and English group that plays music as fresh and original (if not as epochal) as Dylan's was years ago. In fact, the Pogues just might make Dylan play up to himself.

Dylan and the Pogues play at 7 tonight at the Greek Theater at the University of California, Berkeley. $20. (408) 998-2277, (415) 762-2277.

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