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Bob Dylan: 6 Brilliant live performances from the year 1997




A lot of people don’t like the road, but it’s as natural to me as breathing. I do it because I’m driven to do it, and I either hate it or love it. I’m mortified to be on the stage, but then again, it’s the only place where I’m happy. It’s the only place you can be who you want to be.
~Bob Dylan (John Pareles Interview, Sept. 1997)

I do a certain amount of concerts every year. But it’s not a constant never-ending tour. A part of me doesn’t wanna do it at all. Just want to quit right away. Playing is a job. My trade. Like you’re journalists. You are heading for the next news item, I’m heading for the next town.
~Bob Dylan (London press conference, 4 Oct 1997)

Never Ending Tour 1997

Start date February 9, 1997
End date December 20, 1997
Legs 6
No. of shows 11 in Asia
78 in North America
4 in Europe

93 in Total

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Bob Dylan: The Gospel Years, Part 1 – Awakening





This is the first part in a new series of posts about Bob Dylan 1979-81: “The Gospel Years”.  We will look at the albums, the tours (each leg), timeline, etc..

For obvious reasons, too many Dylan fans seems to ignore this period. That is sad, because it´s an interesting period with many great performances and 3 strong albums. You don´t have to be religious to enjoy such great art.

The next “Bootleg series” release will be about “The Gospel Years”:

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Bob Dylan: 6 Brilliant Live Performances From The Year 1987




“He’s been great to play with. Great fun as well, mostly because you can never let your mind drift. He’ll give the most familiar song an odd twist – a change of rhythm or a peculiar delivery. Playing with Bob Dylan certainly gives you a good kick up the ass. One night he’ll do something like he’ll say – on Stage – ‘Right, we’ll begin with “Forever Young” and the Heartbreakers have maybe played the song once before. Then he’ll say. ‘And Benmont you start it off´
– Benmont Tench (member of The Heartbreakers, Dylan´s backing band in 1986/1987)

In 1987 Dylan first made a guest appearance @ a Taj Mahal concert in Los Angeles, February 19, then performed with the The Grateful Dead 6 times in July & finally the “Temples in Flames Tour”.

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great live versions of “If You See Her, Say Hello”




If you see her, say hello, she might be in Tangier
She left here last early Spring, is livin’ there, I hear
Say for me that I’m all right though things get kind of slow
She might think that I’ve forgotten her, don’t tell her it isn’t so

 

This brilliant song has been performed 88 times live by Dylan.

  • First performance:  Civic Center, Lakeland, Florida – April 18, 1976
  • Last performance: Coveleski Stadium, South Bend, Indiana – July 4, 2009.

Her are 5 samples, enjoy..

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great Live Versions of “I Shall Be Released”

They say ev’rything can be replaced
Yet ev’ry distance is not near
So I remember ev’ry face
Of ev’ry man who put me here
I see my light come shining
From the west unto the east
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released

The whole world is a prison. Life is a prison, we’re all inside the body. Freedom only comes from knowledge and knowledge is power. So just because you’re out there in the desert, facing an endless sky and an unknown nothingness, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re free. You’re trapped in the desert. Only knowledge of either yourself or the ultimate power can get you out of it. I don’t know that much.
– Bob Dylan to Philip Fleishman (Feb. 1978)

Performances:

  • 51 acoustic w band – top year 2001 (18 times)
  • 28 acoustic – top year 1976 (27 times)
  • 1 time as an instrumental in 1978
  • 420 times w/band – top year 1978 (111 times)

First live performance: War Memorial Auditorium, Plymouth, Massachusetts – 30 October 1975.

Last live performance: Stodoła, Warsaw, Poland – 7 June 2008
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