Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant Live Performances From the Year 2000




We’re playing over here with a lot of pride, it’s a big honor to play in this country, Great Britain. When I grew up, they used to tell me about the Battle of Britain, RAF, Winston Churchill, all that stuff. Now, we all know that Britain stood alone and without any allies; and that always meant a lot to me and everybody that I grew up With.
-Bob Dylan (Onstage, Wembley Arena, London, 5th October 2000)

Never Ending Tour 2000

Start date March 10, 2000
End date November 19, 2000
Legs 5
No. of shows 75 in North America
37 in Europe
112 in Total

The year 2000 is regarded by many bobcats to be among the best N.E.T. years.

I´v chosen 5 of my many favourite performances in 2000,  4 of them from the second “Europe” leg (September 13 – October 6). This leg seems to be the favourite leg (in 2000) to many fans (performances from this leg are quite easy to find on youtube, different forums, bootleg blogs, etc..).
Please use the Comments section to  post your personal favourites from 2000.
The year kicked-off with 2 great shows @ Anaheim, California on March 10. The early show featured 2 live debuts; Tell Me That It Isn’t True and Things Have Changed.

Sun Theatre
Anaheim, California
10 March 2000
Early show

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Charlie Sexton (guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • David Kemper (drums & percussion)

Tell Me That It Isn’t True
.. brilliantly sung, it was the standout song in a remarkably strong set.
~Andrew Muir (Razor’s Edge)

I have heard rumors all over town
They say that you’re planning to put me down
All I would like you to do
Is tell me that it isn’t true

Kölnarena
Köln, Germany
11 May 2000

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Charlie Sexton (guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • David Kemper (drums & percussion)

Gates of Eden

Of war and peace the truth just twists
Its curfew gull just glides
Upon four-legged forest clouds
The cowboy angel rides
With his candle lit into the sun
Though its glow is waxed in black
All except when ’neath the trees of Eden




Guildhall
Portsmouth, England
24 September 2000

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Charlie Sexton (guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • David Kemper (drums & percussion)

Visions of Johanna

Ain’t it just like the night to play tricks when you’re tryin’ to be so quiet?
We sit here stranded, though we’re all doin’ our best to deny it
And Louise holds a handful of rain, temptin’ you to defy it
Lights flicker from the opposite loft
In this room the heat pipes just cough
The country music station plays soft
But there’s nothing, really nothing to turn off
Just Louise and her lover so entwined
And these visions of Johanna that conquer my mind

Cardiff International Centre Arena
Cardiff, Wales
23 September 2000

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Charlie Sexton (guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • David Kemper (drums & percussion)

The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest

Well, Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
They were the best of friends
So when Frankie Lee needed money one day
Judas quickly pulled out a roll of tens
And placed them on a footstool
Just above the plotted plain
Sayin’, “Take your pick, Frankie Boy
My loss will be your gain”

Wembley Arena
London, England
6 October 2000

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Charlie Sexton (guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • David Kemper (drums & percussion)

Blind Willie McTell

Seen the arrow on the doorpost
Saying, “This land is condemned
All the way from New Orleans
To (new) Jerusalem”
I traveled through East Texas
Where many martyrs fell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

Some recommended shows:

  • 3/10/00 Anaheim Both shows
  • 3/15/00 Santa Cruz CA
  • 3/16/00 Santa Cruz CA
  • 5/11 Köln, Germany
  • 5/14/00 Gotebrog Sweden
  • 5/24/00 Dresden Germany
  • 9/23/00 Cardiff Wales
  • 9/24/00 Portsmouth England
  • 9/25/00 Portsmouth England
  • 10/1/00 Munster Germany
  • 10/5/00 London England
  • 10/6/00 London England

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-Egil

2 thoughts on “Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant Live Performances From the Year 2000”

  1. Bob can twirl any words he likes and the song is still beautiful . Tell me It isn’t true Bob sang with such unwavering strength . Imagine he can pretty well summon whatever kind of voice he chooses. Obviously The Gates Of Eden was meant to be softer and perhaps more emotional ; that is what I felt .

  2. My ranking
    1 Gates of Eden
    2 Blind Willie Mc Tell
    3 Johanna’s Vision and Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
    4 Tell me that it isn’t true

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