It’s not a drain at all, …. Billy Idol’s got the right idea. It’s a charmed life. It beats 9-to-5 now, it did then and it will tomorrow.
You gotta stick it out though. That’s all there really is at the end of the line in this business. B.B. King and Chuck Berry are still working. Little Richard is as good now as he was then.
-Bob Dylan (to Edna Gundersen, August 31, 1990)
1990 Late Summer Tour of North America
First concert: August 12, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – Jubilee Auditorium
Last concert: September 12, Mesa, Arizona – Mesa Amphitheater
People can learn everything about me through my songs, if they know where to look. They can juxtapose them with certain other songs and draw a clear picture. But why would anyone want to know about me? It’s ridiculous.
-Bob Dylan (to Edna Gundersen on August 31, 1990 in Lincoln, Nebraska)
Never Ending Tour 1990
1990 Fastbreak Tour; Jan 12 – Feb 8, a total of 15 concerts
1990 Spring tour of North America; May 29 – June 18, a total of 16 concerts
1990 Summer festival tour of Europe; June 27 – July 9, a total of 9 concerts
1990 Late Summer tour of North America; August 12 – September 12, a total of 23 concerts
1990 US Fall tour; October 11 – November 18, a total of 30 concerts
All in all Dylan played 93 concerts in 1990.
Bob Dylan – Never Ending Tour 1990 – Part 1 will cover the first 3 legs.
It’s not stand-up comedy or a stage play. Also, it breaks my concentration to have to think of things to say or to respond to the crowd. The songs themselves do the talking. My songs do, anyway.
-Bob Dylan (September 21, 1989 – Edna Gundersen interview for USA Today)
The 1988 band (Smith, Parker, Aaronson) backed Dylan at the first three shows of 1989 and at the fifth through the eighth. At the fourth show, and at every show beginning with the ninth (June 10, 1989), Kenny Aaronson, who had to return to the U.S. for health reasons, was replaced on bass by Tony Garnier, who had played with G. E. Smith in one of his former bands. In late July, Aaronson tried to get his job back, but was told by Dylan, “I’m not sure if I wanna change the band right now.” In the long run, Garnier outlasted Parker and Smith, and is still playing bass in Dylan’s touring band.
-Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performance Artist 1986-1990 And Beyond)
This was the most animated Dylan I have ever seen. A Dylan more at ease with himself and his audience than at any other time in the last 10 years or so. As he faced the audience and sang High Water – his face illuminated and so expressive under his wide brimmed, bright white hat, I saw (just for a second) the Dylan of the 1975 Rolling Thunder Tour. I know that he was so much older then, but he seemed younger than that last night.
-Cook & Sew (boblinks.com)