Category Archives: Bob Dylan Concerts

April 20: Bob Dylan Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada, 1980

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Classic concert: Bob Dylan: Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada April 20, 1980

…The band was refreshed, and excited about the concert being recorded and filmed. Dylan delivers a power house performance. If you are a fan of the christian material, this is not to be missed. If you love to hear Dylan pouring his heart and soul into the show… this is the one.
~bobsboots.com

FANTASTIC concert from the “Third Gospel Tour”.

  • Concert # 4 of the Third Gospel Tour
  • Gospel concert # 54
  • 1980 concert # 28

Massey Hall
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
20 April 1980

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April 13: Bob Dylan Sydney, Australia 1966 (audio)

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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.
~Robbie Robertson

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)

Dylan’s 66 world tour is the best tour ever… by anyone. I know you all agree.

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

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April 12: Bob Dylan at the Town Hall, New York 1963

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This ranks high as one of the most important boot releases of all time, and on top of that, it’s simply a thrill and a joy to just sit back and listen to. If you’re only planning on getting one bootleg this decade, this is the one. Hands down.
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Bob Dylan plays his first major solo concert at a major New York concert venue; Town Hall. He still hadn’t released his groundbreaking second album and chose only to play 3 songs from his first album. A confident young Dylan mostly playing songs unknown to the audience & ending with a long spoken poem called “Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie”.

The Town Hall was about three-quarter full…. not bad considering his only released album had been a “flop”.

It is a GREAT concert… a “must” for any Dylan fan.

The first bootleg recording (with some songs from the concert) started circulating in 1970. The full concert recording started circulating in 2008 (superb soundboard sound).

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March 17: Bob Dylan in Reno, Nevada 2000 (early show)

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Reno Hilton Theater
Reno, Nevada
17 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)

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March 16: Bob Dylan @ State Theater, Detroit, Michigan – 2004 (audio)

Of the three nights in Detroit the second night [March 16] is
by far my favorite. Every performance this night was
dead on and there was never a moment when I felt that
the intensity was not red hot and pouring from the
stage like molten lava.
-Charles Eric Cicirella (boblinks.com)

This concert features a great cover version of Bob Seger’s “Get Out of Denver”.

State Theater
Detroit, Michigan
16 March 2004

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & piano)
  • Freddie Koella (guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • George Recile & Richie Hayward (drums & percussion)

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