Bob Dylan’s “Time Out Of Mind” was Grammy nominated for
“Album Of The Year”, “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” (Cold Irons Bound)
and “Best Contemporary Folk Album”.
He won all three categories and performed “Love Sick” to a background of hired
extras. During the performance, one of the extras added his own unscheduled
solo appearance, dancing with his shirt off and the words “SOY BOMB” written
on his chest. Bob Dylan did not let that influence his performance, and even
played a memorable guitar solo.
Later, a shirtless man with the words "SOY BOMB" painted in black on his bare chest, did a trippy, robotic dance onstage while Bob Dylan performed his tune "Love Sick." An unflappable Dylan stood two feet from the dancer, later identified as Michael Portnoy, who was hustled off by security after about 30 seconds. The organizers decline to press charges, police said, and Portnoy was released after being booted from the Music Hall. Portnoy, 26, told The Post he was hired as a back-up dancer, but conceived his prank as "an act of pure revolution." "It's my path toward superstardom," said Portnoy, who called himself "a multigenre mastermind artist." Portnoy, who described himself as "almost a vegetarian," said "SOY BOMB" means "sort of life and death and explosion."
NY POST…By WILLIAM NEUMAN
Michael Portnoy is an American multimedia artist, choreographer, musician, actor and curator. He calls himself a “Director of Behavior”. He has been described in Art in America as “one of the most interesting performance artists anywhere”
For Bob Dylan’s performance of “Love Sick” at the 1998 Grammy Awards, Portnoy was hired by Dylan’s production company to stand in the background with other dancers and groove to the music to “give Bob a good vibe”. Instead, halfway through the performance, Portnoy ripped off his shirt, ran next to Dylan, and started dancing and contorting spastically with the two-word poem “Soy Bomb” written across his chest. When questioned by reporters, Portnoy explained the poem’s meaning: “Soy… represents dense nutritional life. Bomb is, obviously, an explosive destructive force. So, soy bomb is what I think art should be: dense, transformational, explosive life” according to Entertainment Weekly and that “he meant Soy Bomb as a ‘spontaneous explosion of the self’ to re-invigorate the current music scene. He has also said that the phrase is a combination of Spanish and English, meaning “the bomb of ‘I am'”. The Grammy’s chose not to press charges against Portnoy for the act, but he was not paid the $200 fee for the gig. The Grammy event was parodied on Saturday Night Live, where he was portrayed by Will Ferrell, and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2004, the band Strawman had the track “Soy Bomb” on their album American Idle in reference to the incident. The following year, the band Eels had the track “Whatever Happened to Soy Bomb” on the double-disc album Blinking Lights and Other Revelations.
Don't miss the (rather ghostly) photo of Bob at an after-Grammys party in the USA Today (27 Feb). He's standing with arms around Shawn Colvin & Sheryl Crow. In the accompanying article: "Some artist's reps complained about lax security and noted the slow reaction to both outbursts. A perplexed but unflappable Bob Dylan continued to sing Love Sick while a man with "Soy Bomb" painted across his bare chest gyrated beside him for 30 seconds. Dylan shot the dancer a withering glance, then moved aside as a security guard [NOT!] lifted and carried him offstage. Organizers ejected the crasher but declined to press charges. Outside, he identified himself as Michael Portnoy, an almost-vegetarian "multigenre mastermind artist" and budding superstar. "Soy is protein and life and energy, and bomb is explosive and propulsive," he told New York's Daily News. "All art should be soy bombs." Afterward, big winners Dylan (three Grammys) and Colvin (two) were feted at Sony's bash in the Hammerstein Ballroom, where grammy host Kelsey Grammer also partied.