Dylan returns to Paris 12 years after his legendary Olympia concert, and this time no guitars are out of tune! At the soundcheck, Dylan and the band run through “Something There Is about You,” “True Love Tends to Forget,” “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” an old blues tune (probably called “Fix It Ma”), and “To Ramona.” For the show, Dylan replaces the two opening songs of the second half (“One of Us Must Know” and “You’re a Big Girl Now”) with “True Love Tends to Forget” and the rewrite of “The Man in Me” performed on the Far East leg. Between these comes an acoustic song, “It Ain’t Me, Babe.” As with the English press, the reception by the French media is
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)
Pavillon de Paris Paris, France 3 July 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)
Jerry Scheff (bass)
Bobbye Hall (percussion)
Ian Wallace (drums)
Helena Springs, Jo Ann Harris, Carolyn Dennis (background vocals).
Personally I knew that I hadn’t been in presence of such greatness since the three shows at The Brixton Academy in south London in March 1995. …. That night’s standout among a long list of standouts, was for this fan Tryin’ To Get To Heaven, which Bob somehow channelled from a realm of divine and poetic musicality down to us mere mortals…
~Andrew Kershaw (Isis Magazine – latest issue)
..And what came next ..was both breath-taking and mind blowing: a stunning, dare it be said definitive version of Tryin’ To Get To Heaven. Bob’s vocal were fragile, tender, controlled – yet always on the edge of breaking. His piano playing just holding a few soft chords and the band proving their worth with another superb backing. In one song Bob gave us everything our hearts were longing for.
~Zac Dadic (Isis Magazine – latest issue)
The Tivoli Fortitude Valley Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 27 August 2014
His spring 1976 performances, and the live album and one-hour television show (both called Hard Rain) that made those performances available to a broader audience, were unpopular with the public and (at best) ignored by critics and commentators, but they contain some of the very finest performed art Bob Dylan has ever produced.
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist, Vol 2: The Middle Years 1974-1986)
Bob Dylan’s spring 1976 tour (Rolling Thunder Revue II) gave us many incredible performances.
Hughes Stadium – Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado – 23 May 1976
This post is a collection of videos from these shows that I’ve found on different websites. . Please use the comments section or drop me an email if you know were to find more videos from these shows. As always we do not upload videos, we only embed stuff that is already uploaded.
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