We “knew“ he had to play the standard” setlist tonight, but he took us by surprise yet again. This might mean that a new standard setlist is busy being born. Only two changes from the Stavern show; Watching the River Flow opens (Most Likely You Go.. opened @ Stavern) and Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum replaced “Blind Willie McTell” at #11.
It was a wonderful evening @ Bendiksbukta, great area, not too much people & good festival logistics. All these things were bad at Stavernfestivalen. But most important off course; the show was in a different league. Almost every song performance was better than last shows performances, even the brilliant Stavern-version of “Girl From The North Country” was slightly better @ Bendiksbukta.
“To get to play with Bob Dylan was a … dream!”
G. E. Smith
George Edward “G. E.” Smith (born January 27, 1952) is an American guitarist. He was the lead guitarist in the band Hall & Oates and the musical director of Saturday Night Live. Smith was lead guitarist of Bob Dylan’s touring band from June 7, 1988, to October 19, 1990. Smith also served as musical director of The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration for Bob Dylan at Madison Square Garden on October 16, 1992.
We found a very interesting new interview with Smith on YouTube, he is a good storyteller.
The  tour “ended” on 24 September 1988 in New Orleans, but this was not quite the finish.
As previously mentioned, popular demand had led to four further nights being added at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
These shows quickly became a focus for the press and fans alike.
The former, previously misguided critics of the tour, now praised Dylan to the skies;
the latter, trying to read the runes of relatively unchanging set-lists, talked of a live album being released from the shows.
All this is rather ironic as the shows themselves, although fine, were far from being the best, or even up to the average standard, of the year.
~Andrew Muir (One More Night: Bob Dylan’s Never Ending Tour)
I’ve never minded touring, touring is part of playing. Anybody can sit in the studio and make records, but that’s unrealistic and they can’t possibly be a meaningful performer. You have to do it night after night to understand what it’s all about. …
I’ve always loved to travel and play my songs, meet new people and see different places. I love to roll into town in the early morning and walk the deserted streets before anybody gets up. Love to see the sun come up over the highway. ..
Then, of course, there’s playing on the stage in front of live people, feeling hearts and minds moving. Everybody don’t get to do that. Touring to me has never been any kind of hardship. It’s a privilege.”
~Bob Dylan (to Edna Gundersen, July 20, 1988)
The 88-tour was great, surely one of N.E.T.’s best.
Interstate part 3 was the weakest leg of this tour, but still some wonderful concerts.
I really don’t have any place to put my feet up. We want to play because we want to play. Why tour? It’s just that you get accustomed to it over the years. The people themselves will tell you when to stop touring.
~Bob Dylan, August 5, 1988
The Tower Theatre
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
13 October 1988
Happy Birthday to the GREATEST Artist of Our Time.
Here @ alldylan.com we got about 1500 Bob Dylan posts alive. In this tribute I’ll try to give an overview & hopefully lead you [the reader] to material you might find interesting.
My favorite quote of all time is off course:
That he not busy being born is busy dying ~From – It’s Alright, Ma (I’m only bleeding)
Dylan has always been busy being born. At the age of 74 he’s still [never ending] touring the world, performing at peak level, bringing awe & joy to those lucky enough to understand & participate. If you’re a true “performing artist”, you can’t retire. You gotta be yourself to the end. And we all know that Zimmy will not back down.
Enough with the chit chat, let’s get down to it.
Here is how we have organized our Bob Dylan material & some essential links: