Dylan’s 66 world tour is the best tour ever… by anyone. I know you all agree.
By the time we did the Australia and Europe tours we had discovered whatever this thing was. It was not light, it was not folky. It was very dynamic, very explosive and very violent.
By this point, Dylan, Robertson, and Co. knew instinctively that what they were doing was right, in every sense of the word. If the Hawks had been a little hesitant in their playing back in the fall of 1965, the music they were producing now was stately, immense, compelling. The sound itself had a thousand precursors, but no precedent. It was, indeed, ‘very explosive and very violent.’
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades Revisited)
The Bob Dylan World Tour 1966 was a concert tour undertaken by American musician Bob Dylan, from February to May 1966. Dylan’s 1966 World Tour was notable as the first tour where Dylan employed an electric band backing him, following his “going electric” at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. The musicians Dylan employed as his backing band were known as The Hawks; they subsequently became famous as The Band. The 1966 tour was filmed by director D. A. Pennebaker. Pennebaker’s footage was edited by Dylan and Howard Alk to produce a little-seen film, Eat the Document, an anarchic account of the tour. Drummer Mickey Jones also filmed the tour with an 8mm home movie camera. Many of the 1966 tour concerts were recorded by Columbia Records. These recordings produced one official album, the so-called “Royal Albert Hall” concert, and also many unofficial bootleg recordings of the tour.Dylan’s 1966 Tour ended with his motorcycle accident on July 29, 1966. Subsequent to Dylan’s withdrawal to Woodstock, he refrained from undertaking a major tour until 1974. ~Wikipedia
New Video/audio: Things Have Changed, Tangled Up In Blue, Blowin’ In The Wind & Stay With Me
Peter Stone Brown quote & link
Opening night of a tour by any artist is usually not the best concert to attend because by nature, especially after a few months off the road, because by default it ends up being warmup night with few surprises. Dylan was in excellent voice, singing sort of softly the way he does on his latest album but effectively. I think by the time this tour hits Memphis if not before, they should be in full gear the way they were in Chicago, Philly and New York last fall.
~Peter Stone Brown (peterstonebrown.com)
These are not good videos, but the sound is GREAT.
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Borgata Event Center
April 10, 2015
Bob Dylan – piano, harp
Tony Garnier – bass
George Recile – drums
Stu Kimball – rhythm guitar
Charlie Sexton on lead guitar
Donnie Herron – banjo, viola, violin, electric mandolin, pedal steel, lap steel
April 9, 1994
Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
John Jackson (guitar)
Tony Garnier (bass)
Winston Watson (drums & percussion)
Over the years, “You’re a Big Girl Now” fell back to a mid-tempo pace, sometimes with harmonica over the lead-in, sometimes with long instrumental passages between the verses. It would pop up in the set-lists consistently, but not frequently, with some occasionally outstanding performances (Lawrence, Kansas 1994; Toledo, Ohio 1998).
– Jeff Carter (Popmatters) (23minutes into the concert)
Queen Jane Approximately
All Along The Watchtower
You’re A Big Girl Now
Tangled Up In Blue
Watching The River Flow
Mama, You Been On My Mind
Gates Of Eden
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
I And I
She Belongs To Me
Man In The Long Black Coat
It Ain’t Me, Babe