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Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 1979

The importance of identifying Bob Dylan as a performing artist, as distinct from the popular perception that he’s a songwriter and recording artist, is immediately clear when one has a chance to hear his fall 1979 concerts. “What Can I Do for You?,” “Solid Rock,” “Saving Grace,” “Covenant Woman” and “In the Garden” as performed at these shows are some of the finest works in Dylan’s oeuvre, but you’d never know that from listening to Saved, the 1980 studio album that features these compositions.
-Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist, Vol 2: The Middle Years 1974-1986)

Bob Dylan only played 26 concerts in 1979. 14 of them were @ Fox Warfield Theatre (San Francisco, California) from November 1 – 16.

The tour lineup consisted of

  • Bob Dylan (guitar, piano, harmonica, vocals)
  • Spooner Oldham (keyboards, vocals)
  • Terry Young (keyboards, vocals)
  • Fred Tackett (guitar)
  • Tim Drummond (bass)
  • Jim Keltner (drums)
  • Regina Havis (vocals), Helena Springs (vocals), and Mona Lisa Young (vocals)

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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.

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Bob Dylan: 7 Brilliant Live Performances From The Year 1999

Touring is something you either love or hate doing. I’ve experienced both. I try to keep an open mind about it. Right now, I’m enjoying it. The crowds make the show. Going onstage, seeing different people every night in a combustible way, that’s a thrill. There’s nothing in ordinary life that even comes close to that.
– Bob Dylan (Edna Gundersen interview for USA Today – April 1999)

Never Ending Tour 1999
Start date January 26, 1999
End date November 20, 1999
Legs 5
No. of shows 98 in North America
21 in Europe

119 in total

Every N.E.T. junkie seems to agree that 1999 was a wonderful Dylan year. Strong performances in all 5 legs.

Please use the Comments section to  post your personal favourites from 1999.

Pavilhão do Atlântico
Parque das Nações
Lisbon, Portugal
7 April 1999

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • David Kemper (drums & percussion)

Tryin´ To Get To Heaven

The air is getting hotter
There’s a rumbling in the skies
I’ve been wading through the high muddy water
With the heat rising in my eyes
Every day your memory grows dimmer
It doesn’t haunt me like it did before
I’ve been walking through the middle of nowhere
Trying to get to heaven before they close the door

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Bob Dylan: 6 Brilliant live performances from the year 1998




I’ve found a different audience. I’m not good at reading how old people are, but my audience seems to be livelier than they were 10 years ago. They react immediately to what I do, and they don’t come with a lot of preconceived ideas about who they would like me to be, or who they think/ am.
– Bob Dylan (Murray Engleheart Interview for Guitar World)

Never Ending Tour 1998
Start date January 13, 1998
End date November 7, 1998
Legs 7
No. of shows 56 in North America
6 in South America
33 in Europe
15 in Oceania

110 in Total

Another great N.E.T. year.

Please use the Comments section to  post your personal favourites from 1998.

The Theater
Madison Square Garden
New York City, New York
17 January 1998

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • David Kemper (drums & percussion)

Million Miles

You took a part of me that I really miss
I keep asking myself how long it can go on like this
You told yourself a lie
That’s alright mama, I told myself one too

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Bob Dylan: 6 Brilliant live performances from the year 1997




A lot of people don’t like the road, but it’s as natural to me as breathing. I do it because I’m driven to do it, and I either hate it or love it. I’m mortified to be on the stage, but then again, it’s the only place where I’m happy. It’s the only place you can be who you want to be.
~Bob Dylan (John Pareles Interview, Sept. 1997)

I do a certain amount of concerts every year. But it’s not a constant never-ending tour. A part of me doesn’t wanna do it at all. Just want to quit right away. Playing is a job. My trade. Like you’re journalists. You are heading for the next news item, I’m heading for the next town.
~Bob Dylan (London press conference, 4 Oct 1997)

Never Ending Tour 1997

Start date February 9, 1997
End date December 20, 1997
Legs 6
No. of shows 11 in Asia
78 in North America
4 in Europe

93 in Total

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