Category Archives: Bob Dylan Concerts

February 24: Bob Dylan at Roy Orbison tribute 1990 (videos)




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Dylan makes a surprise appearance at a tribute to Roy Orbison at the Universal Amphitheater, Universal City, Los Angeles, joining three of the original Byrds (David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, and Chris Hillman) on a version of “Mr. Tambourine Man.” He remains onstage, playing guitar on “He Was a Friend of Mine,” and joining in on an ensemble encore of “Only the Lonely.” The version of “Mr. Tambourine Man,” on which Dylan competes with McGuinn for the “lead” vocal, subsequently appears in a cable TV special of the benefit, as well as on CBS’s four-CD Byrds retrospective, simply titled The Byrds.
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

Universal Amphitheater
Los Angeles, California
24 February 1990
Roy Orbison Tribute.

  1. Mr. Tambourine Man
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Feb 23: Bob Dylan @ Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan – 1978





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February 23 captures the third night in Budokan in excellent stereo with a minor tape flip in the middle. It is a good but nervous performance. Dylan himself sounds self-conscious and make several quips through the performance. Before “Love Minus Zero/No Limit,” commenting on a mistake in the lights, jokes “we left the light show home tonight” and after a sloppy “Like A Rolling Stone” he jokes “Thank you! We almost played that one right.”

The show comes to grand finale with nice versions of “The Man In Me,” “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” and especially “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” using the flute set to a reggae beat. The set ends with “Forever Young” and “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” It is a very good, but not classic, performance. They are still trying to learn the new arrangements and have not yet introduced any new songs to the set.
~collectorsmusicreviews.com

Nippon Budokan Hall
Tokyo, Japan
23 February 1978

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Billy Cross (lead guitar)
  • Alan Pasqua (keyboards)
  • Steven Soles (rhythm guitar, backup vocals)
  • David Mansfield (violin & mandolin)
  • Steve Douglas (horns)
  • Rob Stoner (bass)
  • Bobbye Hall (percussion)
  • Ian Wallace (drums), Helena Springs, Jo Ann Harris, Debbie Dye (background vocals)

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Bob Dylan: Seattle, Washington, 10 November 1978 (full concert audio)

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Hec Edmondson Pavilion
University Of Washington
Seattle, Washington
10 November 1978

Musicians:

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Billy Cross (lead guitar)
  • Alan Pasqua (keyboards)
  • Steven Soles (rhythm guitar, backup vocals)
  • David Mansfield (violin & mandolin)
  • Steve Douglas (horns)
  • Jerry Scheff (bass)
  • Bobbye Hall (percussion)
  • Ian Wallace (drums)
  • Helena Springs, Jo Ann Harris, Carolyn Dennis (background vocals)

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February 16: Bob Dylan @ Hiroshima Koseinenkin Kaikan – Hiroshima, Japan – 1994





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This was his 9th concert on the “1994 FAR EAST TOUR“. The concert is special because of the location and a blistering acoustic version of “Masters of War“.
The first live acoustic “Masters Of War” since the concert in Town Hall in New York City, 12 April 1963… over 30 years earlier…

Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

Hiroshima Koseinenkin Kaikan
Hiroshima, Japan
16 February 1994

Musicians:

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • John Jackson (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • Winston Watson (drums & percussion)

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February 8: Bob Dylan @ Hammersmith, London, England 1990 (full concert video)




Suddenly, unbelievably, the residency was approaching its end. We had reached the encores of the last show. Each passing moment was becoming ever more precious.
A strong version of the acoustic classic “It Ain ‘t Me, Babe” opened the encores. This had grown into one of his most bonding live songs: both singer and audience aware of the irony of greeting its lyrics of denial with such a rapturous reception.
The traditional “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me” (aka. “I’ve Been All Around The World” or “The Blue Ridge Mountains”) was sung by Dylan in a throaty but deeply satisfying growl. Deep bass lines and simple guitar strokes lent gravity. For a man who had been criss-crossing continents for the past five years, the sentiments of “Lord, Lord, I’ve been all around this world” seemed fitting. A hush came over the hall. It was one of the most perfect moments of my life.

Then a blistering, rip-the-paint-off-the-walls “Highway 61 Revisited” brought the whole thing to a rousing, exhausting finish. It was a long time before many of us left the hall , so reluctant were we to leave the scene of our extraordinary experience.
~Andrew Muir (One More Night: Bob Dylan’s Never Ending Tour)

Hammersmith Odeon
London, England
8 February 1990

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • G. E. Smith (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • Christopher Parker (drums)

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