A fascinating performance by a magnetic renegade
~The New York Times (according to Clinton Heylin in “A Life in Stolen Moments”)
Meadowlands Brendan T. Byrne Sports Arena East Rutherford, New Jersey 27 October 1981
Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
Fred Tackett (guitar)
Steve Ripley (guitar)
Al Kooper (keyboards)
Tim Drummond (bass)
Jim Keltner (drums)
Arthur Rosato (drums)
Clydie King, Regina Havis, Madelyn Quebec (background vocals)
Gotta Serve Somebody
I Believe In You
Like A Rolling Stone
I Want You Thank you, you’re great. You all feel pretty good tonight huh? Oh heaven, I wish I felt that good. If I stay here long enough I might feel that good. Oh yeah? All right! So, how you doing? How far you’d come? Is that right? I might be acting a little strange right now. That’s because this is a mighty strange place. Oh yes, it is. I ain’t seen nowhere like this. Back in the dressing room there, I got a black mirror in my room! I was looking through it just half an hour ago, I see two eyes looking back at me.
Man Gave Names To All The Animals
Maggie’s Farm Thank you. You feeling all right? Am I singing on key tonight? I’ll try sing this one for you in key.
Girl From The North Country Thank you. Anybody here tonight paid to get in? What? I can’t hear you. Talk up, yeah. I’m glad you’re sitting there. Phew!
Ballad Of A Thin Man
Simple Twist Of Fate
All Along The Watchtower
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight We’re gonna do this song here. The songwriter who wrote it is here tonight. There’s a lot of famous people here tonight. I wanna just tell you that you may be sitting next to somebody that’s famous. I know you are. You definitely are. That man over there’s famous too, yes he is. [plays Let’s Begin] I hope we did that right Jim.
Let’s Begin (Jim Webb)
Forever Young It’s easy to say that, but hard to do it. Any gambling men out there? I guess there should be. Yeah! Don’t you have a big gambling resort around here somewhere. What’s it called? What’s that gambling town around here? Reno? Atlantic City. Big gambling town, yeah? Well here’s a gambling song for you gambling men. Gambling women too. I don’t think any women are gamblers though do you?
Gamblin’ Man (trad.)
The Times They Are A-Changin’
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
Masters Of War
Mr. Tambourine Man
Dead Man, Dead Man
Just Like A Woman All right, all right. I want to play …. We had a single record released a while back. I think it sold about five copies. But I like it so much I just got to play it. Anyway, it sold about three copies right here.
Heart Of Mine All right. I wanna say hello to all the editors of Rolling Stone magazine, oh yeah. All the writers and editors are here tonight I think, checking me out. They’re gonna come back stage later, I’m gonna check them out.
When You Gonna Wake Up
In The Garden All right, hello. Thank you. I wanna say hello to Mr. and Mrs. Kooper who are out there tonight. Wherever they are, I wanna say greetings! I’m glad you could make it. Anyway this is Mr. and Mrs. Kooper’s relative on keyboards over here. A man I’ve known for quite some time now. I’m not gonna tell you his name but that’s him on keyboards. I should tell you his name anyway. Al Kooper is his name. Played with me twenty years. Maybe some of you heard of him, maybe some of you haven’t. A legend in his own time though. On the drums tonight, Jimmy Lee Keltner from Tulsa, Oklahoma. From New Jersey, state of I think he’s from, Ashbury Park, New Jersey, on the guitar, Steve Ripley. On the other guitar, Fred Tackett. All right, on the guitar, bass guitar Tim Drummond. On the backing vocals, Clydie, Regina, and Madelyn Quebec. On the other set of drums, also from New Jersey is Arthur Rosoto. Give Arthur Rosoto a big hand. I hope I sung something on key tonight, I really do.
It is one of the best shows of the tour.
~Clinton Heylin (A Life In Stolen Moments)
..finds him again in very expansive “conquering hero” mood. It’s a terrific concert. I loved watching it.. and I love it now, listening to the superb circulating tape. .. it’s the second set where the magic really starts to happen.
~Paul Williams (BD Performing artist 1974-86)
Madison Square Garden New York City, New York 17 July 1986
Setlist (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers songs excluded)
So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye (Weldon Rogers)
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Positively 4th Street
We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me) (Dick Robertson/Nick Cogane/Sammy Myalls)
Shot Of Love
We Had It All (Donny Fritts-Troy Seals)
Union Sundown — Heartbreakers 4 songs
Mr. Tambourine Man
One Too Many Mornings
I Want You ..one unique to the entire tour: “I Want You” as an acoustic duet. .. and Dylan launches into a sheer masterpiece of a vocal performance.. He’s performing like it’s a matter of life and death. He’s inspired. He’s alive. ~Paul Williams (BD Performing Artist 1974-86)
Band Of The Hand
When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky
Lonesome Town (Baker Knight) I wanna play a real special song here in this special place. This is the very stage where Ricky Nelson got booed off for singing Garden Party, this is the one, the very one. Anyway, it gives me a real great pleasure to sing one of Ricky’s songs in this place. This is one that when I was growing up, called Lonesome Town. ~Bob Dylan
Ballad Of A Thin Man
— Heartbreakers 4 songs
Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35
Seeing The Real You At Last
Across The Borderline (Ry Cooder/John Hiatt/Jim Dickinson) ..a high point in a great evening. Anyway, you might think you know the music of bob dylan, but if you haven’t heard “Across the Borderline” from the 1986 tour (and this July 17 version is as good as it gets), you may be missing the heart of the man. For sure you’re missing a truly rewarding performance. ~Paul Williams (BD Performing Artist 1974-86)