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Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler deliver a warm, mellow night at Hollywood Bowl

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In this Jan. 12, 2012 file photo, Bob Dylan performs during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles.

The Santa Anas blew its devil winds at L.A. Friday night, days before Halloween, as a froggy-voiced man dressed in black sat at the keyboards and sang old songs that sounded like Bob Dylan classics.

One even reminded some of an Adele hit.

Of course it was Bob Dylan up to his old tricks of re-arranging his precious gems and squawking them out in new ways in front of an eager and accepting crowd. 

That freewheelin' attitude helps the 71-year-old continue to break the rules, as he did in the Hollywood Hills last night.

The voice of a generation didn't address the audience except to introduce his band (which starred Charlie Sexton on guitar). Dylan didn't say goodbye after his sole encore tune ("Blowin in the Wind"). And he only let the Bowl use one video camera, a wide shot, to display on the numerous screens.